Harriman Nelson's Journal

My Friend Lee-page 18
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
My Friend Lee- Page 19
My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me

Lee and I had  been planning on some BBQ after our last mission, which had been uneventful despite Lee’s misgivings about one of our passengers. But  when Jiggs came by unexpectedly  I expected the fur to fly, so to speak, but as the evening wore on, my old friend was actually acting a bit paternal toward him.  Even Lee wondered about Jigg’s unaccustomed attitude, took me aside and I quote, “Has he had some kind of head injury?”  For if any two officers are ever  at odds with each other it’s Admiral Jiggs Starke and Cmdr. Lee Crane.

There’s always been a bit of, I guess you’d say professional rivalry. Jiggs expects the respect due his rank. And  granted, all Naval officers do,  but Jiggs is also used to ‘putting the fear of God’ into any junior officer he encounters, and Lee, being Lee,  won’t let him. And I know for a fact ( from Morton) that Lee still calls my old friend ‘Captain Bligh’, at least, behind his back.

That had begun when I  was aboard the  submarine Neptune to observe her sea trials. Sea trials that went terribly wrong.  Electromagnetic Radiation from an undersea mountain range caused weird readings and malfunctions, and while I went out for core samples with one of her crew, a monstrous giant radioactive coelenterate engulfed the doomed sub and she exploded.

Fowler and I had to swim to the surface through smaller normal sized jellyfish and were stung repeatedly for our efforts. On the surface, aided by inflated wetsuits, we struggled to survive the storm, but  he was lost to the waves. I was fortunate to be rescued after a few days.

(I found out later Jiggs had commandeered Seaview as was his right at Commander, Submarine’s Pacific to investigate the loss of Neptune, and was still giving Lee and the entire crew the third degree when I was released from the hospital. )

Jiggs didn’t really believe my story about the giant jellyfish and was a bit put out by Lee’s support of it. Yes, my boy Lee would follow me to Hades if I asked him. Well, sort of. He can be opinionated about some things and even defies me at times, but that’s his right as Captain.

And Captain he was, when he resorted to mutiny in order to save Seaview. Pulled a gun on me, so he did. Of course, I was a bit out of my head at the time. Suffice it to say, that same electromagnetic field played havoc with the boat, (practically nothing worked, and we couldn’t even blow ballast). Well, Lee wanted to dive to pick up maneuvering speed. I was surprised and hurt that he trusted the damn computer over me. In fact I rather lost it, and removed him from command.

(Harriman, Harriman, Harriman, how could you and Jiggs have been so stupid!)

Anyway, he pulled a gun on me and ordered the dive. I would have thought the crew would have apprehended him, but not they. They would have done anything he said, with or without the gun.

And dive we did, which restored some of our controls. But was I relieved? Even grateful? I’m ashamed to say I was so upset with him that he’d defied me, I ordered him out of my sight. For as long as I live I won’t forget his eyes. Hurt. Betrayed even.

I was so demented I wanted him court martialed. Jiggs, of course, realized he’d been right and saved all hands, and ordered me escorted to Sickbay.

 And then the damn Jellyfish decided to attack.

But Lee, called back to the Control Room by Jiggs, let Seaview become engulfed and gave it a whopper of a nuclear charge though the hull, destroying the thing.

You’d have thought after the way I’d treated him that  Lee would have abandoned all hope of restoring our relationship, even if my mental breakdown had a legitimate excuse. (Turns out I was allergic to Cortisone which had been given to me after my Neptune ordeal)

In any case, Jiggs told Lee I should be proud of him. Damn right.

Now, that doesn’t mean that Jiggs has been  all hearts and flowers toward Lee from that point  on. In fact, there’s been an ongoing shall we say, animosity as Lee won’t hesitate to tell Jiggs what he thinks. So it was surprising to say the least he tried to usurp my relationship with him.

Or maybe he was just lonely.  One thing’s for sure. Jiggs can play ‘big brother’ all he likes. But  I’m still the real thing.


SecCam photo

Demanding a general court martial of Lee,after ordering him to get out of my sight, my ego bruised, and quite out of my mind.

SecCam photo

Lee waiting for Seaview to be engulfed so he can nuke it from the inside with  a charge through the hull.

PR Dept. Photo of Seaview

And so, the electromagnetic raditation defeated, and our jelllyfish destroyed, we headed home,  thanks to the mutiny of one Capt. Lee Crane.

It wasn't until it was all over and I'd been released from SickBay that I was able to sort through some of the security camera photos of our  experience. In addition Lt. Cmdr. Jackson, Admiral Starke's aide shared one of Lee when he'd found out I'd probably be declared missing and presumed dead.

ComSubPac SecCam photo

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Lee confronting Jiggs after he took over Seaview and complained about everything.

SecCam photo

My friends learning I'd been found and was now safe and dry in the hospital.

SecCam photo

Little did anyone know, least of all me, that I wasn't exactly fit for this mission.

SecCam photo of monitor

An unwelcome visitor didn't help matters while most of our controls were affected by electromagnetic radiation, disabling Seaview.

SecCam photo

I'm afraid I rather lost it when Lee disagreed with me about what to do.

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Lee pulling a gun on me. And saving our lives.

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Recalled to the Control Room by Starke,but I think Lee would have ignored his demotion and resumed command anyway.

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If I'd been in the Control Room, I'd have been just as aprehensive as everyone, even if I'd been in my right mind.