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Sunday, August 12, 2012

San Diego Maritime Museum and Waterfront - San Diego dSLR Monthly Group Shoot

For our August monthly "group shoot" on Saturday we met in front of the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. After taking a group photo we all wandered off in different directions, basically just spending a few hours around the waterfront and Embarcadero area, and then met back up for lunch afterwards. I joined a few friends and we went on board the various boats at the Museum. 

That's the periscope of the submarine USS Dolphin. Commissioned in 1968, it was used primarily as a research vessel, and still holds the record for the world's deepest dive. Here's the view through that periscope.

The angle of view here does look a little strange, since the steam yacht Medea is right behind the submarine, which is also sitting on the surface, and the raised periscope of the USS Dolphin is much taller than the Medea.

For comparison, this shot of the USS Ronald Reagan, as seen through the periscope of the Maritime Museum's Russian B-39 submarine, looks a lot more like what you might expect to see. I took this in May of 2010. You can see more images from that visit here. For some reason the periscope on the Russian sub is pointed downwards a bit right now, and on Saturday you could barely see the aircraft carrier that it is pointed at across San Diego Bay.

The 139' foot schooner America is a replica of the first boat to win the America's Cup trophy.

In addition to the US submarine, they also have a Russian sub.

Here's the forward torpedo room of the Russian diesel-electric B-39 submarine.

Afterwards we gathered for lunch.

The fish and chips at Elephant & Castle, an English-style pub at the Holiday Inn San Diego, are quite good.

Click here to see a few more images from the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and along the San Diego Bay waterfront, from Saturday, August 11, 2012.


  1. I can't believe I missed Fish and Chips! Doh!

  2. It looks like it was a beautiful day complete with wonderful eats. I missed you guys!


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