Joe Jordan's Report
From: "Joseph Jordan" <email@example.com>
On Monday morning, Ted Hansen met our group, at the Hotel restaurant, called "Bakers Square."
We had a great Breakfast. The group then decided a tour the Naval Museum Ship, the USS Midway
was in order. She is permanently moored in San Diego. So, the shipmates that had cars,
invited us without cars, to ride with them. David and I rode with Flo the entire week.
Thanks again Flo. So, we followed Ted down to the USS Midway,
and went aboard. There were two elevators, one lifted us to the
hangar deck. The Ship furnished earphones and a program, so
that we could select a zone # of the Carrier, and listen to a self guided tour explaining the sights,
and how they were utilized. There were many planes aboard that had been restored. There were
also flight simulators, a ships store, and a snack bar.
Then we met as planned at 2:30 PM, in the parking lot. We proceeded on a long journey,
that had me lost. But we
ended up at Tom Hams, Lighthouse Restaurant, at a Yacht
Club. We were seated in a large dining room, that has a great
view of San Diego’s harbor, and Mission Bay. North Island Naval
Air Station, was across the way, and the Coronado Bridge, was
to our left. We had a good buffet lunch. A Retired Marine Aviator
acquaintance of Bill Steeles, had lunch with us. He had attended
flight school at Corpus Christie TX. back in the middle 1930s,
and was involved in most of the Island campaigns in the Pacific.
He also flew F9s in Korea.
So, we had a most enjoyable Harbor cruise. It was
really two back to back one hour cruises. That way. we got
to see the whole Mission Bay, We boarded the cruise
boat, just across the way from The USS Midway, made a
90 degree right turn, and headed for Point Loma, and the
bay entrance. I cant name all the points of interest, but we
went past the airport, past the now extinct Navy recruit
training depot, and the USS Neversail, and out to where
we could see the ocean, then we turned to port 180
degrees and passed North Island Naval Air Station,
battleship row, past Coronado, and the US Navy Seal
training base, a hotel that Thomas Edison did the
electricity wiring on, sailed under the Coronado 200 foot high bridge, and on around past the
Navy shipyard and turned 180 again, and came by many floating drydocks, some "mothballed"
Navy Cruisers and other ships, past the USNS Mercy, the hospital ship, that recently was in New
Orleans, taking care of Katrina survivors. There were many other Navy ships there. Some being
refurbished, while the crew was berthed in a "Living Barge" moored alongside the ship.