Dry dock picture
In August 1988 I was stationed on board USS Wisconsin, BB-64, an Iowa class battleship. We went into dry dock in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to get the hull repainted.
While in dry dock, we got the chance to go down into the dock and tour the underside of the ship. Not something many people can say that I can is that I have stood under the keel of the USS Wisconsin and touched the very underside of the ship, and I was not diving under the ship. It was an amazing experience seeing that massive ship on blocks, out of the water. It was even bigger than I thought.
Anyway, I thought you guys might like to see a picture taken by a friend with my camera of myself and a few other guys standing at the bow down in the dry dock. It brings home the amazing size of the ship.
I have lots more pictures if anyone would like to see them. The Wisconsin was by far my favorite ship that I served on during my Navy career.
Very cool. That is a big ship alright.
That picture does put things into prospective! :yup:
I have to imagine right now - imageshack seems maybe too busy to send the pic.
I have tho seen dry dock pics of large vessels and they seem twice normal size.
I guess partly because we never see the full draft. Hope this one will show later for me to see.
I know what you mean, I was never in dry dock with the ship I "rode in on" but just walking the length of the pier where our LHA was docked was long enough.
USS Tarawa LHA 1
Just imagine a carrier.
Dang that's huge! Cool picture.
Sig........ I'll scan the one I just got of me standing between the props of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN73. ALmost as good as under BB64.....
Amazing! The Iowa-class battlewagons were really something. I got to see USS Texas at the Todd Shipyard in Galveston in 1989, and it was impressive to see that old war-horse high and dry.
Here's one that compares the size of the USS Wisconsin BB-64 to the much smaller USS Oklahoma BB-37. The USS Wisconsin is tethered outboard and is very nearly twice as big.
Originally Posted by rstickle
Shown also is a little fireball from the battery ...
Cool pic SIG, my job gives me similar opportunities, I have stood under the keel of both the oldest and newest nuclear powered vessels the Navy has. Standing underneath a ship that displaces 100,000 TONS is truly impressive. If only you could see the technology being placed in the newest boats today. (I currently test Virginia Class subs) it is amazing!
Ahh, that's better - got the pics today.
Indeed HUGE is the word - as well as impressive. :smilez:
Way cool photo!! I was in Huston on a business trip a few years back and managed a side detour to see the USS TEXAS, N got to go all over and thought the deep bowels of her and that was a experience I have always treasured.
Originally Posted by Sig P239
Wow a target, I love targets.
Remember there are only two types of ships in the navy:
SUBMARINES!!!! and Targets (grin)
That is something, I was embarked in Midway, as you know was built on a battleship hull.