Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Nikon Coolpix P510 takes on the U.S.S. Iowa, BB-61

Ever since I heard that the Iowa was coming to San Pedro Harbor to become
a floating naval museum, I have been anxiously awaiting its’ arrival. I finally got a chance to visit today, along with fellow blogger and friend, Lee Murray. He took his Nikon D300 with 50mm lens, I took the P510 digicam.

The first surprise was that the Iowa is moored down by where the cruise ship terminal is located, actually the same place where 3 naval vessels were docked during the recent Navy Week 2011. For some reason, I was thinking it would be located at the end of the harbor where the carrier was during Navy Week.
The merchant ship, the S.S. Lane Victory, is now located way down at Berth 46, a long way from the Iowa, and will possibly wither on the vine, being so far
removed from its’ old berth, across from the cruise ship terminal.
Late addition, the S.S. Lane Victory is docked exactly where the carrier docked, recent satellite photo below shows the
ship at its’ new berth!
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I intend to visit both once the Iowa opens up in July. Until then here are a few
photographs taken at a good distance from the ship and near the street. But first a satellite view of the location, pre- berthing.
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The Iowa is now berthed along the left side wharf and almost runs the full length. It is just down from the cruise ship terminal
that is used mostly by the Norwegian Cruise Line ships, not the Princess ships.

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Above is the view from the Merchant Marine Museum. That is the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge in the background.
Below is a closeup.
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Below another tight shot, the yellow in the photo is a chain link in the fence.
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Below is another view from down the street.
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There are some more up close and personal photos below.
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Below is one of the 16 inch 50 caliber gun barrels, each one weighing around 108 tons, firing a projectile that
weighs around 2,300 pounds over 20 miles and capable of piercing armor, as in other battleships.
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Below are some workers about to go inside.
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A close up of the exterior bulkhead.
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View of what appears to be 5 inch gun mounts or anti- aircraft guns.
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I took a few more photos, here is an example of the nearby fence fooling the autofocus system of the P510.
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Below are two attempted flower close ups which did not work out too well. Actually though, I like the first one the best.
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Same flower below.
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As you can see, neither one worked out. Below is what appeared to be a dying or very ill seabird just sitting in a
fountain.
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No problem for the metering or focus with the camera here.

That’s it folks. In July I intend to go back to the U.S.S. Iowa, and get
permission to board and take more photos which I will post here as well.

For advance ticket sales and to read about the battleship of presidents, please
visit http://pacificbattleship.com/. I assure you that the site is an interesting read. For example, did you know that this was the only U.S. naval ship with
a bathtub? It had one for the use of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, make
sure you visit the history section under battleship of presidents for all the details
and a photo.

See you soon.

Folks, I have finally toured the battlewagon and you can read all about it and
see lots of photographs by clicking here.

Morongobill

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