Some time ago, on Fridays, I would go to
Golden Gate Bridge and / or the San Francisco waterfront
and photograph ships
such as USS California
come back to Alameda Naval Air Station, or other places
in the Bay Area.
Clinton young ships such
as USS California and USS Virginia were done away with.
of replacing the missile
launchers with VLS silos and adding Aegis and SPY 1,
Clinton wasted valuable
resources by getting rid of all of our nuclear powered guided missile
the Bay Area, places such as
Alameda Naval Air Station (which should not have been closed),
Industrial Supply Center, Oakland, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard,
Island Naval Station,
Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Concord Naval Weapons
Station, and Naval Supply Annex Stockton are no more.
during the régime of
Clinton, our Navy
has gone downhill.
Since during the régime
Clinton our Navy has not had enough oilers,
especially AOR /
AOE type oilers
such as USS
Wabash and USS
Roanoke which were designed to accompany carrier
This is something which makes the
departure of ships
such as USS Wabash and USS Roanoke quite sad,
since these ships which are like
floating Wal Marts with a gas station attached,
are capable of giving a carrier
strike group everything it needs, should have been recommisioned.
naval ships mainly come to
San Francisco Bay for things such as Fleet Week and
to be repaired at places
such as BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair.
more ships will come into
San Francisco Bay if Mare Island Ship Yard would go into the ship
instead of preparing ships for towing to the Gulf Coast to be scrapped
or scrapping ships.
Mare Island Ship Yard
is preparing USS
HogA YT-146 for a voyage to her new home in Arkansas.
seems that the only naval
ships leaving the Bay Area are ships heading for the Gulf Coast
a few of the ships such as
USS Crescent City, USS Sperry, USS Nereus, and USCGC Glacier
become museum ships instead of being towed to the Texas Recyclers.
Quite a few of the ships such as
USS Wabash, USS Roanoke, USS Cimarron, and USCGC Glacier
should have been
On Friday, the
twenty eighth of
December, 2012, a good part of the morning I was monitoring
Max Hunter’s Webcam [click image below]
after I saw this photograph on the Western Dovetail web site I left my
apartment which is located in San Jose.
Drydock 3, which is in the foreground is visible the upper
this photograph was taken at 10:59. USS Wabash departed an hour
would like her to have departed,
heading East to a
Safeway store to get supplies, I headed West about a quarter mile
and USS Roanoke departed almost three hours
after I would have like her to have departed.
small store and bought a bag of Munchies Cheese Fix
(a combination of Rold
Gold, Doritos, Cheetos, and Sun Chips), a can of Arizona Green Tea,
candy bars, and put them in a bag which has a shoulder strap.
Arrived at the
parking lot at the
southwest corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Merchant Road
at 12:22 PM after
driving 54 miles since I left home, then I walked up Merchant Road,
Battery Boutelle, to the Golden Gate Bridge.
set up base camp at the vista area South of the Golden Gate Bridge.
though I was wearing my warmest jacket,
it was quite cold. Sometimes during the wait,
I might turn into
a Mikesicle. Should have warn two jackets, a warmer hat, and some
several groups of tourists. One of
the group would take the photos.
Saw several people hold their camera at
arms length and photograph themselves.
I was the only one who brought a
tripod. These groups should have brought along tripods.
waiting I read The
, which is
the third book of The Kent Family Chronicles.
Sometimes I was so cold that I
had difficulty reading.
waiting I photographed several ships such as MV Excalibur
bulk carrier which has a grain capacity of 88,364.3 CBM
MV Excalibur is
lightly loaded, I would not be surprised if she is heading to
Stockton to pick up some grain.
surprised if meat pies, cottage loaves, and scones are made out of
Leader headed up
the North channel, and because of that,
surprised if she is taking cars or trucks to Richmond
are facilities to unload cars
photograph of MV Triton
taken at 3:21 PM.
Shortly after that I saw USS Roanoke being
towed by MV
Elsbeth III with two tug boats next to the replenishment oiler.
proceeded to the area of the Golden Gate Bridge, South of midspan,
is an overlook area.
In the distance is USS
Roanoke on her LAST VOYAGE
being towed by MV Elsbeth III
with two tug boats next
container ship MV Xin Hong Kong
went almost under me
while underway to
escorting tugs soon broke away from USS Roanoke
way back I took this photo.
Note that the wind is coming from the
Bay Area the wind usually comes from the North.
ago the meteorologist Harry Guise on KGO radio said that if you put
to the wind,
the center of a front will be slightly to your left. The
is located in the vista area where base camp was,
and most of the time
was coming from the East. Did
front move to South of or to San Francisco
before coming in instead of
to the North Bay as the weather prognosticators indicated that it would?
to Battery Boutelle, but it looks like after going under the Golden
MV Elsbeth III attempted to
reach warp speed and went at a faster speed
the speed that USS Iowa and USS Wabash were towed
not to head to the area of the USS San Francisco Memorial and take
Battery Boutelle I photographed the Golden Gate Bridge.
Boutelle use to have three 5 inch rapid fire guns which were
World War I. This
the western gun position.
where one of the other guns was. Note
lake caused by the rains which the Bay Area had a lot of during
making one wonder if the Bay Area should be renamed Seattle South or
may have been comparable to these 5in-40s or 5in-50s.
know if there is a comparable this Navy Weapons page
which gives information on army cannons.
Battery Boutelle, after I photographed where the 5 inch guns use to be,
the ice tea then headed to the parking lot.
back at the parking lot
at 4:43 PM then drove back home in San Jose, arriving home at 6:09 PM,
driving 105 miles.
weather man said that it
would rain Friday afternoon or evening. It did not rain until
after I was
Saturday I decided to give the
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4 a major button pushing to see if I could
am not mechanically inclined,
but somehow I pushed the right buttons and
unfroze the Panasonic,
back into it the large capacity memory card.