With the gloomy weather continuing, we looked for something that would be a little more "indoors" - and whilst we have not yet started looking for art galleries, or stately homes. A collection of WW2 and 1 Cold-War ships and submarines could not be passed up.
Dora modelling a small landing craft, similar to the one JB and I have dived on in Subic.
Finding the place was surprisingly easy and close - the weather was miserable, and we did wonder if it would be open at all. To our surprise it was.
Dora at play ... chocks away !
With Motor Torpedo Boats being used a lot around the Philippines, we have a good look at this to start with.
Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850)
For some strange reason we gravitated to the ships bell - a little disappointing (no name) just a rather dull "U.S." - however 1" socket looks like it would work in case I ever come across one.
Looking aft, with Dora the pirate taking in the rain.
Battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
After the rather tight spaces of the Destroyer, this felt as though we were back on the Queen Mary 2. Ok I think some of the rooms have been cleared of extra equipment (like galley's etc) but the headroom, and space inside this ship is quite amazing. Until you realize you are sharing this with another 2,000 enlisted men.
We walked forwards, looking at the various displays until it was time to descend into the ship. The citadel is 5.5" of armour plate, and even at rest and in peace-time you did feel locked in to your fate once you descended the lower decks.
It seems hard to belive that you would ever sleep well here.
The main turrets with their complex power and shell loading processes dominated everywhere. Just how this orchestra of destruction got sorted out would be an amazing site to behold.
Oh - Radios ....
As we returned to the decks - the weather had improved a little - so we took to the bow - where Kate Winslet aka Dora practised her Titanic poses.
Submarine USS Lionfish (SS-298)
From the luxury of a battleship, to the confines of a submarine. Although a US WW2 submarine was much more generous in headroom than the old UK 'O' type submarines I used to go onto.
Still, the confines and the lack of space - heat, smells and threat of death must have made being in the 'silent service' source of much pride.
They also had radio's on board....
Even Dora was slightly struggling to get through the hatches
The Torp tubes
DDR Corvett Rudolf Egelhofer
A much younger (1984) ship, built in the former Soviet Union; Wow - inside it looked more primitive than the US WW2 Battleship laid down in 1938 !!
Around the bridge the doors are fibreglass !, which made me wonder if this was effectively a "stealth ship".
This class of ship, sunk an Israeli Destroyer - an outcome on paper that was unexpected. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the US government managed to obtain this ship - where they no doubt conducted lots of trials trying to understand how this surprise outcome had occurred.
The American Radio Relay League is the US version of the RSGB (Radio Society of the Great Britain). We were passing close to their H.Q. so it seemed rude not to pop in and say 'Hi'.
We got the royal treatment.... Nice tour with Tom KE1R. I got to see their Emergency Operation set-up kits (recently deployed to Puerto Rico), an amazing collection of old radio's - including some spark-gap transmitters, The incredibly well equipped and rf protected testing lab which features so well in QST magazine.
There are some more photos including these in the gallery.