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Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
77Trip End Feb 14, 2011
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The first I visited was the USS Constellation, an 1854 Sloop of War. I have been aboard wooden replicas of a few smaller sailing ships so far during my journey, but they couldn't compare to the grand spectacle of this full-sized authentic naval warship. During its years of service, the Constellation sailed with the Mediterranean Fleet, as flagship of the African Squadron disrupting the slave trade, as a blockading vessel against Confederate trade ships in the Mediterranean during the Civil War, a training vessel, and lastly as the relief flagship of the U.S
Next was the USS Torsk, a WWII submarine. The Torsk was the last U.S. warship to fire torpedoes at an enemy vessel during WWII. After WWII it was used as a training vessel and did various other active missions as needed. When decommissioned it had a record of over 10,600 dives. I've never had the opportunity to visit a submarine before, so this was an exciting experience. I'm sure it would be much more interesting to be aboard a fully functioning vessel with a crew, but it was a very interesting look into the lives of the men who would spend weeks or months at a time without seeing daylight. The boat was definitely cramped and there were bunks located almost anywhere that there was extra room, including the two torpedo bays (I'm sure that was also out of a need to have a crew nearby in case of attack). The Torsk is the only naval vessel I have seen where the officer's quarters didn't seem to differ much from the rest of the crew. Only moderately in level of privacy and convenience, as they had three to a room (cupboard) and their own sink instead of a single open room for beds with shared facilities. The racks were usually stacked three to four high, but that's normal for most naval vessels. The only difference there was the headroom. The hatches between the sections of the ship were definitely a bit of a trick for me to get through. I can't imagine an entire crew trying to rush through the ship during an emergency. If I remember right, the basic sections of the ship were the stern torpedo bay, the engine rooms, the war room, the crew living quarters, the mess deck, the bridge, the officer's quarters and officer's dining room, the radar room, and the aft torpedo deck
The last ship I visited was the USCGC Taney, a 1936 Coast Guard cutter ship. The Taney was present during Pearl Harbor and was the last ship still in commission by the late 1960's, earning it the title of "The Last Survivor of Pearl Harbor." The Taney was used extensively during WWII, and was present during the Battle of Okinawa. After WWII, the ship was used for regular coastal duties in California until being sent over to the waters south of the Vietnam War. After that, the ship was used on the east coast for various training and patrol missions. During one drug bust in 1985, the crew of the Taney seized 160 tons of marijuana!
I stopped in at a nearby Barnes & Nobles after visiting my last ship to get out of the rain and decide what to do next. I decided on going to dinner at a popular seafood restaurant not too far away called, Obricky's. The television show, Man vs. Food, filmed part of an episode there, but I don't believe he did an actual challenge there. I decided to try their well-reputed crab cakes, and I did not regret the decision.
After dinner, I drove to the other side of Chesapeake Bay to Easton, MD for the night.