Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Battleships, Cruisers, and subs...and Cheese steaks part TWO

    It was last minute, but frequently those are often the best adventures.  Early Sunday morning, Tim and I set out on a bomber style trip to Philly to view some maritime treasures that we missed getting to see earlier this summer.

Of course, headed to Philly, there had to be cheese steaks. So we stopped at The Pepper Mill for lunch on the way in.

It was great to have Tim as a local guide knowing the way in and out. It made the day much less stressful and infinitely more enjoyable.

Upon arriving at out destination we paid an exorbitant sum to park, and then paid more to board and tour the ships (at least that was worth it).

The Submarine Becuna was our first stop. It has been preserved quite well and is set up in a way that allows you to imagine what life was like on board.

After touring the deck, we climbed down the ladder into the forward torpedo room, the business end of the ship.

The ship is designed for an 'average' height sailor, but don't worry if you are tall you can still fit. Some of us just have to work harder at it than others.

All four big diesels are still there. The placard explained how the forward two diesels were snorkeled to allow them to run submerged.

The engine technology was impressive for the time.

Conditions on board were cramped, but an ingenious person can always find ways to improve things.

After spending a bit of time on a small sub, walking next door to the Cruiser Olympia was quite a contrast in the name of space for things. It has to be seen to admire the differences.

                                                     The dining placement changes a bit.

If you are interested in vintage naval guns; many of those on display are in pristine shape.

How often can you stand in the exact spot a famous phrase was uttered? Commodore George Dewey, " You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" uttered those very words where these footprints are bound to the deck. You are able to stand on them. While you may not be at battle in the bay; it is still pretty awesome to us history nerds.

Peering out through one of the 5" main gun ports, it is quite interesting what she is sighted in on.
( I think the Big J would win that one)

          On the ride home we took the opportunity to stop and visit some spooky sights from Weird U.S. a website that compiles interesting destinations to explore.

Our adventures kept us out until after dark and dusk brought plummeting temperatures typical of an autumn evening. We made the ride home swiftly and both riders appreciated having good riding gear which can make all the difference.
As always a day on two wheels, shared with friends is enjoyable.  Throw in good weather and some interesting sights and there is nothing I would rather be doing.

Thanks to Tim for some extra pictures.

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