Continuing my journey around the mighty battleship is this view of one of the main guns, the bridge and the tower. This illustrates just how massive these guns truly are. The clouds couldn’t have been more cooperative at the moment I was snapping the shutter on this one. This was just at the start of the roped-off section, hence the lack of people in this image.
The focal point of the weekend’s photo outing, the USS Iowa Battleship. She was commissioned in 1943, saw lots of battle in WWII, some in the Korean War and other action all along the way. Currently she’s with the rest of the reserve and mothball fleet in Suisun Bay waiting to be turned into a museum ship. I can’t wait for that day. I have always been fascinated with the Iowa. You can see in this photo a couple of the nine 16-inch guns on the deck.
On our boating adventure in the Suisun Bay, we toured the mothballed fleet, aka the ghost fleet. There is a wide variety of ships and levels of decay. This particular ship is the USS Clamp, which is a Diver-class rescue and salvage ship from WWII. Her fate is to sit next to lots of other vessels indefinitely. This is a three-exposure HDR image taken while on another boat, which was moving while I was trying to be my own steady-cam.