Thursday, September 29, 2011

Remembering the Service of Submariners

Groton, Connecticut, is home to one of the largest submarine facilities in the world.  Groton and the surrounding area is home to large numbers of active duty and retired submariners.  This memorial is dedicated to all the American submariners who lost their lives in World War II.

National Submarine Memorial

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Four in One

There are 4 types of transportation show here.
1.  Blimp
2.  Gold Star Memorial Bridge (Auto traffic)
3.  Thames River Bridge (Amtrak rail)

Click on photo for closer view.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

First Crossing of the North Pole by a Ship


Click on the link above for a Virtual Tour of this historic submarine, now located at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.

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Small Cemetery, Dedicated to Those Who Served in the Revolutionary War

This very small cemetery is located in Groton, Connecticut, on Pleasant Valley Road North. It is well-tended, although I have never seen anyone caring for the cemetery. Most of the stones are damaged by time, making the inscriptions difficult to read.

Below are two of the stones which are in reasonably good condition.

William Forsyth
Capt. Wm. Latham's Co.
Col. Wm. Ledyard's Regt
Died Nov 6, 1843
AE  82"

William Wood
8th Regt. Militia
Capt. Jos. Gallub's Co.
Died Nov. 2, 1800
AE  50"

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Life on the Thames River (Estuary), New London, Connecticut

Access link above to get an aerial view of the fort.

Land-side view

.....a 3-Masted Fort?


America's Tall Ship, Coast Guard Barque "Eagle"

 Back from it's summer training cruise, moored at the base of the fort.

(The best photo of the "Eagle", with Fort Trumbull sitting stately in the background, is possible only from the opposite side of the river. However, the best photo location is in a secure zone at the submarine manufacturer, Electric Boat--General Dynamics, seen in the background. Since I don't have the proper security clearances, I could not take the preferred photo.)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Norwich, The Wauregan. "Abraham Lincoln Slept Here"

During the 1800's and early 1900's, the Wauregan House was regarded as the place to stay while traveling between New York and Boston. During the latter part of the 1900's, it fell into disrepair. It has finally been restored and is now used for apartments for limited income inhabitants.

The building on the left is the Norwich Superior Court, a relatively new building, built in the early 1980's. The buildings on the right house attorneys' offices. I used to work in an building (not visible) behind the courthouse. We had a bit of excitement on May 24, 1984, when a man took his gun with him into the courthouse and shot his wife during divorce proceedings. Metal detectors were soon installed to prevent further episodes. Click here to read more.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Norwich, Connecticut

City Hall, Norwich.
One of my favorite buildings.
For a brief moment, the deluge from Tropical Storm Lee stopped,
the sun came out, and I captured this photo.

I want to thank everyone for their concerns during and after Hurricane Irene. After several days, we finally have our power back. With the combination of rain and wind, lots of trees and branches landed on electrical wires, causing extensive problems for the electrical supply companies throughout the Northeast. When there is no power, I cannot use my computer. Some trees and large branches fell in our woods, but they did no damage.

Damage to homes was mostly along the shoreline, due to wave action during high tides. Following Irene, Tropical Storm Lee inundated us with more rain (10 to 15 inches). Throughout the Northeast United States the rivers are filled to overflowing. We live on a hill, so there are no worries there.  Lee was followed by Hurricane Katia. She decided to stay at sea but created lots of rip currents along the entire Northeast coastline. Everyone is hoping the next few storms will head toward the state of Texas, to help with their drought and wildfires.

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