Wuxi Expat marries Battleship

Wuxi Expat Jürgen Wattenberg has married the Battleship WCERN Carole Lombard. Wattenberg married Lombard at a ceremony held at the Gambay’s Pub Marriage Chapel #2 which is located by the canal that runs past the 1912 Bar District of Wuxi, China.

3,000 guests attended the ceremony. They saw Wattenberg enter the chapel wearing his father’s old U-Boat Commander uniform.

Presenting the bride was Admiral Lloyd Bridges who was able to find a way to get the battleship to enter the chapel. Entering the chapel, the Admiral dressed resplendently in his WCERN Admiral uniform, accompanied the battleship which was draped in a gorgeous silk canopy cover custom-made in the Suzhou China Expatdom Colony for the occasion.

Wattenberg insisted on reading his own vows when asked by the minister conducting, Frank Minkleman. Declared Wattenberg: "I take you my dear WCERN Carole Lombard, and your 45,00 tons of displacement to be my lawful wedded companion. I will worship every inch of you from your 527 feet of length, your beam of 82 feet, and your draft of 26 feet. I will always maintain 18 Babcock & Wilcox 3-drum water-tube boilers with Parson single-reduction geared steamed turbines. I promise that I and a complement of 695-773 men (or women) will always be there to care for you. I will love you till death or the removal of your 10 x BL 12 in. L/45 Mk.X guns mounted in 5 twin B Mk.VIII turrets, your 27 x 12-pdr 18 cwt l/50 Mk.I guns, single mountings P Mk.IV, or your 5 x 18 in. submerged torpedo tubes!"

When asked to Wattenberg’s hand in marriage, the WCERN Carole Lombard fired off all her 10 x Bl 12 in. L/45 Mk.X guns. It was taken as an affirmative by Minkleman.

After Fred Minkleman declared them married, Harry Callahan and the WCE Trio sang "You are the wings beneath my sails!"

The couple will honeymoon in Saskatchewan in January.

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About wuxiandis

An English Teacher in Wuxi, China. Married to a local girl. Father of a boy born August 23, 2007.
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