This very rainy afternoon we took a drive around the area in Maggie. One stop was the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, home to many decommissioned aircraft carriers and, currently, one active carrier undergoing refitting, the USS John C. Stennis.
We pulled up next to the CV-62, the USS Independence, decommissioned in 1998, and got out and wandered around in the rain. This place is a photographer’s dream, or at least it would be in the sun. The huge bins of parts, the giant ships, and the juxtaposition of Puget Sound blue, rainforest green and battleship gray is pretty striking.
It makes me think – if a mountain of metal could tell stories, what tales she could spin! The thousands of men who have lived aboard her, the journeys she’s seen, the battles, the heartache, the victories… the ghosts who walk her halls must be restless and agitated to see her dismantled around them.
It makes me once again thankful for the men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to serving, living aboard this giant floating city for months at a time while she charts her way from port to port.
The fishes that swim — the rocks — the motion of the waves –
The ships, with men in them
What stranger miracles are there?
~ Walt Whitman, “Miracles”