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Monday, May 24, 2010

San Diego Maritime Museum - Sunday, May 23, 2010

On our way to the Sicilian Festival we parked a few blocks out on Kettner, and I finally got around to taking a shot of this wall of a building that you can see from India Street. I've been driving by this for close to 30 years, and never bothered to stop. I think I got a shot of it a long time ago, but who knows where that slide might be now. The light was pretty good so I took advantage of it.

A few friends had met us at the Festival. After we finished up there we walked down past the County Administration Building to the Waterfront, and toured the San Diego Maritime Museum. The wind was really blowing the palm trees around, it almost looked and felt like Hawaii, except that it was a lot colder.

The Maritime Museum is always a fun stop. We spent about 3 hours wandering around on the various boats, pretty much until 5:00PM, which was when they started serving over at Fat City Steakhouse down the street. Here's the ferry boat Berkeley, the USS Dolphin, and a couple of old steam yachts in the background.

Here's Robert and Rae in the sitting room on the steam yacht Medea. Robert felt it was most appropriate to pose in the manner that someone from 1904, when this yacht built, would. He seemed pretty certain that they took their photos quite seriously back then. 

Next stop was the USS Dolphin, the deepest diving submarine ever. They don't say just how deep, you have to take their word for it. Here's Robert checking out the view. 

This is the view through the periscope.

Looks like we had a choice, and of course we choose "More Boats". There were a lot more boats to see too, including the ferry boat Berkeley, the Californian, the HMS Surprise, the Star of India and the Russian submarine.

Here's the forward torpedo room of the Russian submarine.

The periscope was pointed right at CVN76, the USS Ronald Reagan, which was tied up at North Island across the Bay on Coronado.

Here's Heather peering out from one of the cabins on board the Russian sub,

Click here to see more images from our afternoon at the San Diego Maritime Museum on Sunday, May 23rd.


  1. These made me homesick for the coast. Great pictures, as always!

  2. Excellent series Frank. I am impressed with all of these images. The periscope shots came out amazingly well.


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