Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sightseeing at Patriots Point

On Wednesday April we woke to fog on the Wando river as you know we are waiting for repairs of a window that was broken. Insurance approved the repair. The carpenter will be here on Thursday April 25th to begin the work and hopefully by the weekend the glass will be ready...thats the plan.

The fog burned away and the sun came blazing through to reveal a glorious day. Our plans are to do the tourist thing and visit the USS Yorktown an aircraft carrier. We have seen it from the water and today we will visit by car.

The ramp leading to the USS Yorktown.

Off in the distant is the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge over the Cooper river, It is quite spectacular bridge built with cables. Bill and I have traveled under it in Proud Lady and had the privilege of going over it by car you are able to see for miles from the top.  

A display of life and work on the USS Yorktown.

Diver display

Briefing room for the pilots before and after engaging in combat.

The Galley.

Display of the communications room...we sure came a long way from what it was in the 1940"s
Some of the planes on the flight deck.

Historical planes in the hangar bays.

Bill climbing the stairs to the engine/boiler room.

It must have been very noisy downhere. Our cousin, Jim Holzworth lived inside the bowels of a ship like this one for 20 years, Jim has our respect after seeing this carrier. He had it before because he served in the Navy and is a great christian man. SALUTE!

Here I am climbing the stairs to the next deck. I would not like this everyday they are steep. 

Bill touring the Vietnam camp model. Life kinda as it was in a base in Vietnam, without the heat, bugs and smell. Oh yeah! there was no grass just dirt in the real one, said Bill.

The destroyer USS LAFFEY moored beside the Aircraft carrier. As I understand these traveled along side of the aircraft carrier. 

The submarine USS CLAMAGORE, spent 30 years in active duty before nuclear power subs took its place it sits in the bay here beside the USS Yorktown, we did not take the tour.

A beautiful salute to all who worked and served aboard the USS Yorktown.
While there on board, we watched an hour long film of action of the aircraft carrier in WW2  the action was very dramatic something that boys would like, gunfights, airplanes flights and planes landing on the flight deck with damage, burial at sea of the planes who were damaged and men who fought and died, stuff the guys would say COOL!

In the evening after the tour we traveled back toward the boatyard and stopped at Boone Hall Farms to buy fresh strawberries and tomatoes and Frog jam. We stopped at West Marine to buy paint to do a few touch-ups on Proud Lady while we wait for the window repair.

There are other boats that arrived today so we met more folks, Fred and Elaine on their sailboat, Sea Mistress, along with their cat Sinbad- the sailor, who is a beautiful bengal mix fourth generation. I never knew they mixed wild and tame but he is interesting and a very nice cat. Sinbad's coat is just beautiful and he has bright green eyes. I will get a picture of them today so you can see him. We ended our evening over coffee and pistachio nuts sharing stories of our sailing adventures. Ok so I will write more later. Love you Maw Joy.

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