Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ghosts of WWII


 A bit of history for a Memorial Day weekend, the USS Iowa left Richmond for San Pedro yesterday. I was at Pier 39, she was being tugged along the north side of the Bay, and the ever-present haze was an issue. There are some better shots out there - hit teh Google machine and you will see. Even at a distance it's a helluva ship, and was interesting to watch it head out to sea. 

Here's another piece of the past, the last fully-functional Liberty boat that stormed Normandy, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, which is permanently docked at the SF Maritime Museum along Fisherman's Wharf with the submarine USS Pampanito pictured below. You can tour the inside for a price; maybe I'll do that sometime this summer, but for now the outside will do. (Fun fact, the engine room in the movie "Titanic" is from the O'Brien.)


 And here's the USS Pampanito.