For better or worse she's one of the most historic warships in American AND Filipino history. I'd hate to think that she might just go the way of all great grey warships soon - and to think that I'm so close (Dallas, TX) and yet might never see her.
I hope something can yet be done! There are so few of them left :-[
I just got back from visiting the USS Olympia and USS Becuna (sub) today and good news, they will keep the ship afloat for a little while. They got funding and will continue restoration so visiting schedule have changed to M-Th close starting December 2010 and open on Fri, Sat and Sun 10-4. Parking is $12 and another $12 for admission to the USS Olympia, Becuna and the Museum. Below are photos from my visit:
circular settee which disguises an ammunition hoist.
Olympia's mess hall.
one of the port quick guns.
The engine room.
Plaque by the stateroom
Entrance to the state room with one of the secondary guns
post side portion of the stateroom
Secondary gun with my nephew inspecting it
the rear of the gun
the length of the gun (on the inside part)
the ship's dental office
scary dental instruments used
my nephew testing the head toilets ;D
this room was added later
the berthing quarters with the hammocks a plaque
these are the giant pots used by the ship's stewards
The aft view of the ship
and me with a portrait of the commodore himself. I hope I shared enough pics to give you an idea how the ship was...is.
VeeVee, it was cool visiting the ship..unfortunately they didn't have the top deck open nor the stern with the main guns open due to the snow. So anything outside the ship was off limits. I think its better to visit it during spring or fall. But it was great being on board the ship that destroyed the Spanish armada and started the Philippine-American war.
Post by insurrectomad on Nov 24, 2011 20:07:51 GMT -5
What is the latest on the ship now? I can't believe they would just let the ship go. The US Navy on it's own could surely meet the maintenance cost? A regular Living History event program would help pull more tourists. It's seeing something come to life that pulls in the crowds I believe.