It was incredible to see how large the ship was and
then to imagine the number of people crammed onto
for months at a time. It gave me a greater appreciation
for what my ancestors must have gone through to
get to America from Europe, crammed into a little
room with lots of other people, sickness running
rampant, praying you don't run into any storms.
Lachelle and I did do the whole Titanic moment on the ship but I don't have a copy of the photo since I had my camera on me (I'm probably glad about that actually...now that I think about it...).
I think Colby's favorite, of course, was the Russian
submarine. Talk about living on top of each other! The
ship didn't have enough beds for all the men who lived
on it so they slept in shifts.
There were lots of great things to see and I tried to convince Lachelle to climb into the torpedo tube, this is as close as she would get. :)
They had several steamships, including this private yacht with a smoking room (Colby is holding a pipe because obviously high class individuals would smoke a pipe). It reminded me of the movie In Search of The Castaways, an old Disney favorite of mine.
After getting our fill of the Maritime Museum, we walked down the pier to the USS Midway aircraft carrier, it was HUGE; unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to tour it so we are going to have to go back to see it. We ate lunch at this great restaurant on the pier, with huge glass windows overlooking the bay. As we were eating there was a small ship with a large mat in that had a dolphin swimming along the side, every so often the dolphin would jump into the ship, the trainers would give it a treat and then it would jump back into the ocean. Our waitress told us that they used the dolphin to check for mines and bombs under the piers up and down the coast in the fight against terrorism. It was so amazing to watch the dolphin working with the trainers and to think about man and animal working together.