November 18th Photos Page

This was another red letter day in my book!  I told the boss I needed a mental health day and I was off to the former Philadelphia Navy Yard on another parts raid.  There were four ships available to us today, two of which we had visited on the May 22nd raid (USS Saipan and USS Yorktown), and two new ones.  We spent the morning onboard the USS Austin (LPD-4), an amphibious transport dock ship, pretty impressive indeed.  In the afternoon we went onboard the USS Conolly (DD-979), a Spruance Class Destroyer.  The Austin is scheduled to remain at the yard for a while, but the Conolly is slated to be sunk as a target sometime next year.  We had a great day exploring both ships and managed to scavenge many useful brass items for the Battleship.  The biggest find of the day came when I discovered a compensating binnacle on the bridge of USS Austin which had several parts that were missing from the one we are currently restoring for display in the ships Visitors Center.  I quickly snatched up the needed items and they are now installed on our binnacle.  I took a bunch of photos while exploring, but since ships of both classes are still serving in the active fleet I won't be posting any photos of interior spaces.  I did find an awful lot of Sailor Art though, especially on the USS Austin so I've posted a selection of those photos below.  Hope you enjoy the photos, I know I've been way behind in posting new photos here lately, just too many things on my "To Do List."  

 

November 18th Photo #1
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Outside a Small Arms Armory - Photo 1

November 18th Photo #2

Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 2
November 18th Photo #3
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 3
November 18th Photo #4
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 4
November 18th Photo #5
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 5
November 18th Photo #6
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 6
November 18th Photo #7
Sailor Art on USS Austin - Photo 7
November 18th Photo #8
The USS Conolly was powered by gas turbines, this piece of 
 Sailor Art was located outside one of her Engine Rooms.
November 18th Photo #9
Shot taken from above the bridge looking over the bow of USS Conolly.  
She is tucked in between two cruisers, USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) on the
starboard side and USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) on the port side.
 

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