In January 1943, my father, J. Richard Steffy, was assigned as an electrician’s mate to the USS Wyffels, DE6, a new Evarts-class destroyer escort that the Navy was adding to the Atlantic fleet. After a brief shakedown cruise off Bermuda, the Wyffels and her crew of 198 were assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the North Atlantic. In all, the Wyffels made 11 crossings of the Atlantic during World War II.
My father rarely talked about his time in the Navy, and he didn’t keep in touch with his shipmates. After his death in 2007, I found hundreds of photos he’d taken during his deployment. I’ve scanned the photos in and labeled them as he did, and I share them here in hopes that others may enjoy seeing a glimpse of day to day life at sea during World War II.
Texas Monthly article, February, 2015. This Time It'll Be Different
Perhaps not so much. These days, Texans are getting worried about what the plunge in oil prices in the past six months will mean for the economy. We've seen this many times before, of course, but the latest price slump most closely mirrors the bust of the 1980s. In the latest issue of Texas Monthly, I compare then and now
3/18/2015 Why the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Has Outlived Its Usefulness The federal government is using the oil price plunge to salt away from crude oil reserves, just in case it needs to manipulate prices in the future. The U.S. Energy Department says it will buy as much as 5 million barrels of oil to replenish the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
The department sold about the same amount of crude from the reserve last year, when prices were far higher, and federal law requires that the amount be replaced within a year. For once, the government will make money on an SPR transaction, although over the years it has also bought crude for the reserve at the peak of the market.
My latest book,The Man Who Thought Like a Ship, was released in April, 2012. This is a very personal story for me, but also one I think you'll find interesting. In some ways, it's a book I wrote a little more each time someone asked me the seemingly simple question: "What does your father do?"
View the video below the see the reconstruction of the Kyrenia Ship
Interested in knowing more about the latest developments in energy and nautical archaeology? I've compiled two magazines on Flipboard, Energy Insights and Nautical Discoveries. They collect news from around the web, as well as my own posts on these subjects. If you're already a Flipboard user, you can simply search on the magazines' names at the login page. If you have any news links to add to either magazine, or you have any ideas for how to improve them, please let me know.
In America, the world's largest energy-consuming nation, the biggest fractures occur not in deep underground shale formations but in the way we separate our perceptions of energy from reality. In my latest Energy Voice column I explain why, like it not, more driving means more drilling.