The USS Hornet, Alameda, CA


I was 5 when WWII ended, and heard about the war for many years following. I had an uncle in North Africa, my father worked in the Censorship Bureau (reading letters written in Spanish) and a cousin (Jackie Cook) aboard the USS Wasp, which went down in 1942. The Wasp was an Essex-class carrier, along with the Hornet. The latter is now moored at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, in San Francisco Bay, and has been turned into a museum.

On a rainy and blustery day, Kathy and me took the kids to visit the Hornet. I had been looking forward to this visit, and it fulfilled my expectations.

The bow

The bow

About the Doolittle Raiders

About the Doolittle Raiders

A group of USN freighters sit to the side of the Hornet

A group of USN freighters sits to the side of the Hornet

The entrance, and the "island", which sits to the side of the flight deck

The entrance, and the “island”, which sits to the side of the flight deck

A fighter jet

On the hangar deck, under the flight deck, a fighter jet

Aircraft insignia

Aircraft insignia

Aircraft insignia on a folded wing

Aircraft insignia on a folded wing

A fighter jet and armaments

A fighter jet and armaments

Helicopter

Helicopter and jet

Anchor chain

Anchor chain and restraints

Bunks

Bunks

Freighters

Freighters

Kathy and the kids

Kathy and the kids

The hospital

The hospital

Kara

Kara

Frog mascot

Frog “mascot” on aircraft

Officers' Mess

Officers’ Mess

Control panel

Control panel

Mooring line

Mooring line

Mooring lines

Mooring lines

Mooring lines

Mooring lines

Telephone

Telephone

View down into the torpedo hold

View down into the torpedo hold

Entrance to the island from the flight deck

Entrance to the island from the flight deck

The flight deck, view to San Francisco

The flight deck, view to San Francisco

The flight deck, view to Oakland

The flight deck, view to Oakland

Kara, Kathy and the kids

Kara, Kathy and the kids

The Island

The Island

Navigation instruments

Navigation instruments

Mechanical computer for navigation purposes

Mechanical computer for navigation purposes

Control instrument

Control instrument

The helm

The helm

The bridge

The bridge

Steve, in the Captain's chair

Steve, in the Captain’s chair

Mooring lines

Mooring lines

Coffee cups

Coffee cups

 

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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