I toured the Missouri too. It's also interesting
because it's in Pearl Harbor. So, you see where
WWII began for the USA and the ship where the surrender that ended it
was signed. The Arizona
Memorial is easily visible just a short distance away
while standing on the deck of the Missouri.
The other Iowa class battleship left is the New Jersey
which is on display in Camden. Funny, even though
I live in NJ, I haven't been to see it yet. Mostly because
they chose to put it in Camden, rather than near
NYC, Statute of Liberty, etc. which is where most
of the visitors go. Which I think sadly was a mistake.
I watched them sleeving one of the last 16" guns the navy ever
refurbished. The only place they could do it was at the Naval Gun
Factory in Washington DC. That facility was closed after they sleeved
that batch of barrels. There will never be any more. It is quite an
operation, taking several days. I just saw the insertion of the
Missiles replaced them.
I didn't get to see up close the USS Missouri but saw the Arizona
Memorial. I told my wife that I had to see this because I didn't
know if I'd get to return before I die and I felt it was almost a
requirement to do so to respect those that died and those that served.
It was a humbling experience. I just couldn't imagine that the
tranquility I saw was a war zone about 70 years earlier. On another
note, I also saw about 25 years ago the Battleship Texas parked
outside of Houston, Texas. She's an old one but still was interesting
to see. Last I recall when I was young going by the old navy yard in
Penn. and seeing a lot of mothballed war ships that were stripped
down. I saw it from the car from afar but it looked a bit morbid
even as a youngster then. I wonder if it's still there (not sure
where it was exactly).
theres battleship cove south of boston, they have a battleship and
even a submarine. i visited the battle ship with my brother and my
best friend a electronics instructor. i entered a room and there was a
bunch of electrical equiptement including a fuse box tht was open,
fuse removed. the box was full of spider webs. on a whim i touched the
center connector of the exposed fuse receptable and got a big shock. i
hit the chain railing outside the compartment.
my buddy saw me flying out and said what happened? when i told him he
reported that giving its condition he figured the box was dead, he had
thought of doing it to......
oh well its a funny story that comes up when the 3 of us are
it was a fun trip.......
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