Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards: A Look Back At The U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base in Holy Loch, Scotland

I received a copy of David Mackay’s Bubbleheads, SEALS and Wizards: America’s Scottish Bastion in the Cold War today. 

Having served two years (1974-1975) aboard the U.S. Navy tugboat USS Saugus, YTB 780, at the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland, the book is most interesting to me. 

The book is also of interest to me, as the author interviewed me a while back. 

Although he confuses me with another former sailor, stating I served as a messcook on the tender, a right of passage for tender sailors, but not for tugboat sailors, my other comments are accurate. 

I’ve read a couple of chapters of the book so far, and I’m enjoying reading about the big picture and Cold War importance of Holy Loch and Scotland and looking back at an interesting part of my life. 

You can order the book at or at Amazon:   

Bubbleheads, SEALs and Wizards: America's... by Mackay, D.G. ( 

Note: You can also read a piece I wrote about Holy Loch via the below link:

Paul Davis On Crime: A Sea Story: A Look Back At American Sailors Hunting Sharks In Loch Fyne

And below are photos of the Holy Loch submarine base and a photo of the USS Saugus.

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