Sunday, February 25, 2018

Worth a thousand words...

My last post mentioned the USS California gliding across the Mare Island Strait on launch day and winding up in the mud on the Vallejo side of the channel. I didn't mention that she wiped out a good sized section of dock as well.

Thanks to my friend John Parks, we have a photo taken that day, November 20, 1919. Look at the men -- either sailors or shipyard workers -- peering over the railing. I wonder what they were saying? Here are some possible captions:

     "Don't look at me. I wasn't in charge of the brake lines."

     "Maybe we should stick to building destroyers?"

     "Oh, so this is Lower Georgia Street."

     "Okay, who's gonna break the news to the captain?"

Feel free to add your own captions.