Aboard zaca

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  1. Anonymous

    May 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I have 4 photos of the Zaca and 2 of Errol flynn. I didn't know He bought it after the war. My son casually mentioned it to my father and I only found out a few months ago that he was the radioman of the Zaca for six months in 1942. He went into heavy detail about it and sent me his original discharge papers showing his service and the numbers used before being transferred to the USS Reno. I have a WWII calendar with my father on board the Zaca.

  2. Anonymous

    May 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I'd love to see a scan of that calendar, Larry! If you can scan it and send it to me I will post it here for you. I have a copy of The Big Boodle now if you would still like it, my gift to you! I still have your address. Let me know if you have since found it elsewhere or not? Happy to send it to you!

  3. Anonymous

    May 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Larry;
    You most certainly have a great treasure in this pictures! I wonder if you could be so kind and scan them and display them here on the blog for our members to see them too. Your pictures and captions including the details your father recollections of the Zaca would be a great addition to the archives of this blog enhancing the knowledge about Errol Flynn's Zaca.
    I also recognized your name from the TCM website of the Errol Flynn pages where you published wonderful articles about Errol Flynn. I visit these pages quite often and it is lovely to read all the nice comments.
    Maybe you consider joining us on this blog, we certainly would love to have you as a member. David could give you all the details.
    Hope to hear from you again!
    Take care and thank you for sharing your inside with us.

  4. Anonymous

    May 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I agree! I would love to have Larry as our newest Author on the blog! If you are interested, Larry, I will have to set your privileges manually, just let me know if you are interested. We are an all-volunteer outfit so you don't need to feel you have taken on another obligation. We just show up when and if we have time and as we please, there is no pressure to participate! Just stop by whenever you have time or feel like enjoying yourself on the blog!

  5. Anonymous

    May 13, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Hello Tina, I purchased duplicates of the photos I found online. They were 11×14 and I rolled them in a tube and mailed them to my father. He treasures them. One part fascinated me, Dad said when the Zaca was seized by the Navy it was converted to diesel, prop driven, so it could go in and out of port easily. If there was wind the didn't start the engines. It sailed so quietly they used to search for enemy submarines. He said the Zaca was also used to train young officers. I wrote a lengthy post about the Northampton Reperatory Theatre. He was a fine actor, enjoyed doing plays by Shakespeare and wrote numerous telegrams to Jack Warner expressing his desire to play Romeo in the upcoming film Romeo and Juliet. He wanted this role badly alongside of Norma Shearer. I've researched Errol more than any other actor and I will say he is one of the finest sailors to sail a ship. It was his passion. I dont have a scanner, so I'll have duplicates made. Larry

  6. Anonymous

    May 13, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Thanks David, Go ahead and set my privileges. I just found this blog a few days ago. Since I dont have a scanner I will have duplicates made along with the calendar. Larry

  7. Anonymous

    May 14, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Hi Larry;
    I am so glad your father treasures these pictures, yet it would be great to have them also here on the blog. Maybe you find a way in the future.
    The information you and your father have about the Zaca during the war years would be a great addition to the existing information we have about the Zaca, which I posted under “Ships & the Sea” in the tab on the left side of this page.
    You say you wrote a lengthy post about the Northampton Repertory Theatre that is very interesting, do you think I could entice you to publish it here? It sure would be a treasure indeed!
    You are right – Errol wanted to play Romeo desperately and I think he would have been a great one! He was a great actor and the most fascinating one ever! If he wanted to give a real run for it he could have beat anybody in performance, but his mentality most likely took the better of him. His interests were more in living to the fullest. BUT all this is a very vast subject on its own – his interests – his mentality etc. I still maintain if he wanted to do it and of course given the opportunities he could have reached all heights with his acting talent.
    I think Norma Shearer and Errol would have made a fascinating screen couple.
    Your research of Errol would be of great interest to say the least and I hope you will not keep us on pins and needles.
    Take care and we look forward hearing lots more from you and your fascinating knowledge about this subject!