Ta Ta Annapolis, on our way to Baltimore with Kitumba. We got to Baltimore early since the cruise was only 27.5 miles.
We got there and Joe was ready to roll…me, not so much. I stayed on the boat. I just wasn’t feeling well. Joe, Brian and Michelle rented Lime scooters that were a blast to ride.
Our first stop was the National aquarium, I’m not sure why they call it National but it was very nice.
The World War II Submarine the USS Torsk was the next stop.
Commissioned on 16 December 1944, USS TORSK was built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was one of only ten Tench Class fleet type submarines to see service in World War II. Deployed to the Pacific, TORSK operated from Pearl Harbor and made two war patrols off Japan during the spring and summer of 1945. During her first patrol, which lasted from April 15th to June 16th 1945, TORSK carried out plane guard duties for American aircraft engaged in bombing raids on Japan. TORSK was underway on her second war patrol from 17 July until 9 September 1945 and was credited with sinking three Japanese ships before the end of hostilities. The first of these, a small freighter, was torpedoed on the afternoon of 13 August, and the following day TORSK sank two Japanese coastal defense frigates which turned out to be the last enemy warships torpedoed before peace was achieved.
The next ship of the day to tour was a light house ship that was first stationed in the Chesapeake in 1930. She had a 13,000 candlepower electric beacon on her mast.
This was 116th of these lighthouse ships commissioned. She had two 5000 pound mushroom anchors to keep her on station in even the roughest weather. S
She was replaced with a fixed lighthouse in 1965. This ship was named Chesapeake.
Our last ship of the day was the US Coast Guard cutter Tiney.
‘This ship lived many lives hull laid May 1935. 327 ft long beam of 41 feet. Saw service during WWII was up graded with four 5” / 51 caliber gun, three 50 caliber dual purpose guns and .50 caliber machine guns. She was stationed at pier 6 in Honolulu on the day Pearl Harbour was attacked. She was reclassified as a Navy vessel but kept her Coast Guard crew. She was assigned to the west coast to anti-submarine duty in 1941 to 1943. Then was refitted with better guns and assigned to served as the flagship Task Force 66 then became Amphibious Command Ship during the battle of Okinawa.
The ship was reassigned to the Coast Guard after the war. She was stationed in California for several years. At the start of the Vietnam war she was stationed to do coastal patrolling to intercept shipments from the North. She could operate in much shallower water than the larger Navy ships.
After that she was a drug busting machine. In 1985 she made the largest bust in history 160 tons of marijuana. On December 7th 1986 after 50 years of service Taney was decommissioned and donated to the City of Baltimore. They had separate displays through the ship to show the different services it had covered over the years. Sorry for rambling on but this was my favorite ship.
Went on a quest for flowers to give to my bride. So I left Brian and Michelle on the scooters and Ubered to Whole Foods. Found some nice roses and headed back to the Harbour to find back to find Barbara with a fever and still feeling badly. Flowers did not improve her afternoon.
So the next morning we were moving North to Havre De Grace on our 41st wedding anniversary day. Her fever has passed overnight and the day was a wonderful travel day. We only traveled 41.6 Miles in 5 hours.
We walked around town for awhile and stopped for dinner at a place I knew Barbara would like.
We got here a little late in the day so we did not get to see the Duck Decoy Museum or the local Marine Museum. This stop did set us up well to get to our next stop early in the day to try to get a spot on the Free Dock wall in Chesapeake City.