Watching some of the Pearl Shows on TV during the anniversary I was stuck with a simple thought. Prior to the attack what were the logistics of moving sailors from the battleships moored at Ford Island to the main base? Conservatively we are talking over 7,000 sailors when the battleships were in Pearl coming and going from a location that provided no direct access to the base other than by shuttle launch or ferry. In 1941 the enormity of moving sailors back and forth must have required a substantial resource of boats and crews to provide these services. Add in the thought of the sailors of the battleships moored inboard having to traverse across the decks of the outboard ships to board and unload must have been quite a process. In watching some of the newsreel you can note the number of small covered whale boats going back and forth that must have been part of the shuttle fleet. Anyone out there have any understanding of how this actually worked? Most Liberty shifts were coordinated with large numbers of sailors going and coming in groups at a regular timing which must have been quite a bottleneck. Or, was there some other way they could have been transferred from the ships to the base without having to use the boats?