Okay, so seeing a few replica's of Christopher Columbus's ships might be about as exciting as going to an Alpaca Farm for some people in my family. (The running joke at my house, when I ask family members to join me on one of my road trips and they think it is ridiculous, I am reminded of a trip I suggested to an Alpaca farm. Apparently my family thinks Alpaca's are not worthy of their time. So any time I mention a trip they feels is "silly", I am reminded of my desired family destination to an alpaca farm. This such trip was deemed Alpaca worthy...and not on their scale of fun or even remotely something they would want to do on a nice summer day.)
I myself found this pretty cool, as did thousands of others this weekend in Oswego, NY and I was lucky enough to find David and Renee up for the trip too.
As I noted earlier the ship was much smaller then I had anticipated. To think these men sailed her in such close quarters is a surprise. We were not able to see the inside of Christopher Columbus's state room, but we viewed it from above and it was TINY. Below was the best picture I could get looking through the grate from above. The room is nothing more then a bed and a few inch's of floor space.
This LT-5 Tug was once in World War II.
She (are not so pretty navel ships also female?) even shot down a Nazi war plane. Boats like this are not intended to shoot down planes. Their air weaponry is more for protection then as a line of defense.
Here you can see the gun on the upper deck.
There was a speaker here who informed us while we waited on a few facts about the ship. It was difficult to get the hole story as he had no cue cards and mainly spoke as he thought about information the audience would like to know. There were so many people however (and it was HOT) it made it difficult to hear him and focus.
Now lets hope it is not as crowded at the popular Rudy's restaurant.
Okay....so apparently EVERYONE in NY is in the Oswego area today. Rudy's restaurant is the summer spot for a fried meal...and it was packed. It took about 20 minutes to get our meal, but the seating was the best. (Right on the lake). The restaurant is a walk up order place and it seems they have the system down. There had to be about 15 people taking orders and getting food out. It actually went pretty smooth considering. The picture below does not show just how many people were waiting in line.