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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips









I don't claim to be an artist but I do like to draw. I do a lot of it now that I am retired. I am pretty much home bound and drawing is relaxing for me. I do all of my drawing with a mechanical pencil loaded with 2B leads. PLAIN AND SIMPLE - THAT IS MY WAY. 

At last count, I had almost 400 sketches stashed away in my digital achieves. Some good, some bad, most about average

- all done by me. I typically turn out 2 or 3 new sketches every day. 

I will refresh this page often with new drawings.

You can see more of my artwork in my Zazzle and CafePress shops -  My Safe Place and Drawer of Pictures.

These are commercial sites but you don't have to buy anything to look around.


If you have comments, suggestions or criticism just send me an email.


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Battleship sailor circa 1895


U.S. Navy bluejacket circa 1840  
Navy Chief Petty Officer


The Chief musters the crew.


DCC SIMS, my boot camp Company Commander. I can't remember much about his appearance but this drawing depicts the kind of guy he was: VERY BAD TEMPERED AND MEAN. To give him fair credit - he had a tough job and he did it well.  

Captain on the bridge wing.

CAPTAIN IN HIS CHAIR ON THE BRIDGE: The Captain's Chair on the bridge is hallowed space.  No one sits in the Captain's Chair at  anytime. Only the Captain can sit and relax there. If he chooses to take a short nap there, it is his option.  
The loneliness of command at sea. The Captain is reponsible for everything that happens on his ship at all times.  
Captain on the bridge during General Quarters, wearing battle helmet.


Old Salt. Circa 1910.  
A young seaman slips away for a few minutes to have a coffee break on deck in the open air.  
First Class Boatswain's Mate on station. The boatswain's mates in the deck division are responsible for keeping things topside ship shape. The first class is in charge of supervising their work. What a job!.  
Chief's dig deep to come up with money to donate to a special fund that was set up to help young Navy families buy food, diapers, baby formula and the other essentials. The money was collected every payday. Officers, Chiefs and higher ranking Navy civilians were asked for donations. In the pre-Reagan years, the E5's and below were seriously underpaid. It was becoming a crisis throughout the military services. One of the first things the new President did was push for a large military pay increase, with special attention given to the lower enlisted ratings. It happened quickly after Reagan took office. I believe they were given an 11.4 percent pay raise. The rest of us got a decent raise but the lower enlisted pay grades got most of it.  
Captain visiting with the Command Master Chief in the Goat Locker. I am sure that most Captains would rather spend their time in the Goat Locker than in the Wardroom, if they had their way. The Chiefs are  closer to the Captains age. However, protocol dictates that there must be separation between the officers and enlisted men, including the Chiefs. The Captain visits the CPO Mess only when invited. On most ships, frequent invitations to visit the Goat Locker are sent by the Command Master Chief to the Captain and are usually accepted.  
Helmsman strapped in.  
Happy Boat Coxswain.  
Man Overboard!  
A Saturday with Daddy.  
Ready for liberty call. It was always exciting when we pulled into a liberty port after being at sea for a while.  
Experimental high speed patrol hovercraft the Navy played around  with in the 1980's were interesting. Among them were the PEGASUS CLASS.  More like an aircraft than a ship in many ways, it was capable of amazingly high speeds and was very maneuverable. When operating at full speed, the entire crew had to be seatbelted in. The trip from Key West to Jacksonville did not take long at all and the ride was not that rough. I was hoping something would come of it but the program was scrapped,  due to a tightening of the budget by the Navy.  
When a fire or other emergency happens on a Navy ship,  the Flying Squad responds. This nucleas emergency team is made up of around 20 people. They are led by the On Scene Leader. Their job is to get to the scene quickly and take immediate actions to control the situation and save lives. They do what they can to contain and extingush fires and control flooding. They set boundaries to contain the casualty and keep it from spreading . The On Scene Leader appraises the situation and reports to higher authority. A decision is then made about sounding the General Alarm and going to General Quarters. All of this happens in the span of a few minutes.  
Navy CPO circa 1915.  
Ship's Captain/Master


Ship's Surgeon


Ship's Boatswain (Bosun).  
SShip's Carpenter.  
Ship's Gunner.  
Ship's Sailmaster.  
A Navy Bluejacket from sailing ship times.  
A tall sail ship from the 1800's.  



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