“The Big J” – USS New Jersey

In my endless quest to see everything I have ever been interested in since I was a kid, I recently walked across the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA to Camden, NJ to see the mighty Iowa Class Battleship the USS New Jersey (BB-62) known as “The Big J“. She served from 1942 to 1991…

The USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego

The USS Midway (CV-41) is a former US Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1991. Today she sits at the San Diego waterfront as a museum (opened in 2004) in tribute to the US Navy servicemen and women who served on aircraft carriers either as sailors, pilots, air crew or marines. The USS…

A walk by San Diego Bay

On the San Diego waterfront is a fantastic US Navy aircraft carrier and naval aviation museum; the USS Midway (CV-41). A carrier which proudly served the US Navy from 1945 to 1991. Nearby to USS Midway are a number of military memorials and tributes including one to Bob Hope (1903-2003) who provided a lot of well needed…

A busy day at Lake Union

Seattle is a city with plenty of water surrounding it and one popular place is Lake Union. The following are some snapshots from an afternoon I spent wandering around there a little while ago. They give you an idea on how busy the lake gets on a sunny weekend! From boats and kayaks; to floatplanes and a…

Seafair Fleet Week 2012

Each summer Seattle holds the Seafair festival that culminates in a big air show and hyperboat races. Leading up to that final weekend they always hold Fleet Week and the Parade of Ships (starts August 1st). This year ships from the US Navy, US Coast Guard and Canadian Navy participated in Fleet Week (many of which you…

Fort Stevens, Oregon – Japan Attacks!

January 13th, 2012 Fort Stevens State Park is located on the North coast of Oregon and has a very interesting history. Fort Stevens was built during the US Civil War in 1864 to protect the mouth of the Columbia River – particularly from potential British (from Canada) and Confederate raider attacks. Two other forts were built on the…

Mothballed Super Carriers

September 2nd, 2011 Another fine sunny day in Seattle, so I decided to catch a ferry over to Bremerton. A nice town, which has the Puget Sound Navy Museum (a small but excellent museum on the historic and current operations of the US Navy in this region) and is also home to the US Navy Base –…

What have Russian sailors, a sailing ship and the space race have in common?

August 10th, 2011 I was taking a walk through the Seattle Centre today when I was surprised to see three Russian sailors sightseeing in full navy uniform (very distinctive especially their caps)! Upon further investigation it turns out that the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries sailing training ship Pallada was in town. I had heard nothing about this…

Seafair……Seattle’s festival of ships, hyperboats and aircraft!

August 2nd to 5th, 2011 Seafair Fleet Week What an awesome week! Navy ships sailing about the bay, tours on the ships, climbing about armoured vehicles and helicopters, whilst historic and current military aircraft flying overhead, never a dull moment! A true “boys own adventure” week for sure! The first day involved watching some of the…

Seattle, Washington….my new home

Epic Journey When I left Orlando, Florida on May 11th, 2011 the flight with transfers was meant to take about 8 hours to cross the country and arrive in Seattle, Washington…..mother nature had other ideas! The United States has been hit by crazy weather this year – never ending snowstorms in some parts, fires and flooding…