Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rockport Texas

The dogs are barking. I left Mission this morning at O dark thirty and made a stop at Corpus Christi to tour the USS Lexington. After several hours of walking steel decks I discovered the USS Lexington is a rather large ship and the ladders from deck to deck are a lot steeper than they were 50 years ago. 

Some facts:

Flight deck length 910 feet (3 football fields)
Width of the flight deck 191.6 feet.
Decks from the keel to the pilot house = 16
Maximum speed = 33 knots.
Arrested landings = 493,248

I have pictures and I will post them when I get them downloaded.

I,m spending the night in Rockport and tomorrow it's on to Crystal Beach to see my sister and brother-in-law's new home. 

14 comments:

  1. Hope you are enjoying that salt air down there. Say Hi to everybody for me.

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    1. So far I haven't found anyone who admits to knowing you. LOL

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  2. Looking forward to the photos. Why we haven't taken the short trip from Houston to see this ship is beyond me.

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    1. It really isn't that far from Mission either. Nice big ship to tour.

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  3. Going through a ship after a time away makes it seem bigger. It's when you return to a school that you attended that they seem small. Why can't things just stay the same size?

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. The big question is why can't I run up and down the ladders like I used to?

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    2. Your birth certificate paper is worn out!

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  4. Looking forward to your pictures. I can't imagine serving on a huge ship out in the ocean for months and months.

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    1. My grandson served on an aircraft carrier, his las cruise was 8 months long.

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  5. USS Lexington is an Essex-class carrier. Bob's dad served on the USS Wasp during WWII, also Essex-class. Walking around and climbing ladders like the ones his dad did was neat.

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    1. Sure wasn't as easy as it was when I was 20.

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  6. We were in Rockport nine years ago when we first started our full time journey:)

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