Where I get to see (bits of) the Admiral Graf Spee

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Monday, September 21, 2009

The fast ferry across the river is a great way to get from Buenos Aires to Montevideo and the trip takes about three hours.  Unfortunately there was no open deck and the window glass was occasionally challenging to take pictures through.  Here are some pictures taken during the crossing.  The view of Buenos Aires is obscured by exhaust and the second picture shows why Argentines take their beach vacations in Uruguay rather than Buenos Aires.

I got some pics coming into the harbour and was particularly intrigued by the landing craft which is something that normally features in amphibious assaults.  I even managed a couple of photos at the docks before being shooed away by security.


Montevideo has always been less well known than capital cities of its South American neighbours and is Uruguay is a bit off the South American tourist trail.   However, in December 1939 was very much in the international news.  Following the Battle of the River Plate, the Admiral Graf Spee had taken refuge in Montevideo Harbour.  Uruguay, then as now, was neutral so the time that the pocket battleship was allowed to spend in Montevideo was limited.  Battle damage sustained by Graf Spee was apparently more serious than was thought previously and Langsdorff, its thoroughly decent commander, ordered that it be sailed out into the esturary and scuttled.   Some items have been salvaged from the wreck including the optical range finder which can be seen at the entrance to the docks at Montevideo.  I use an image of this range finder in the title page for my talk on fragment screening library design.      

It was then time for some lunch and a quick look around central Montevideo before heading over to...

... the the naval musuem. 


Here are a couple of pictures taken near the naval museum.  I'm not sure that condors are the sort of creature that I'd want to associate with food...


Then, five hours after arriving in Montevideo, it was time to hit the road for Colonia.  I'd got my favorite número cuatro seat (right up at the front) and managed to get a couple of pics en route.



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