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Friday, January 22, 2010

Even Navy ships need pilots

Navy Ship 200, Astoria, Oregon January 9, 2010

It was obviously a beautiful day when U.S. Navy ship 200 came cruising past Astoria. I seem to mention whether the day was beautiful a lot right now, because so many of the days are filled with rain. They have their own beauty and tricks of the light, but here we have more than a little sun break, and those are welcome.

Navy Ship 200, Astoria, Oregon You can see the ladder hanging from the deck of "200" down to the pilot boat. If you click on the image, you can also see that the small red spot with the yellow on top is a person contemplating the ladder. You can also see how amazingly complex the parts are on the Navy ship. It's fascinating to see.

Navy Ship 200, Astoria, Oregon This is at the extent of my optical zoom. It brings the ship and also the Washington coast right up close. I know this ship must have a name, and not just a number, but I don't know where to look for the name; if someone can help me out, please do. In the process of trying to find it online (which I didn't), I found a web page telling what the different classes of Navy ship were named for in WWII and now.

Navy Ship 200, Astoria, Oregon
Navy Ship 200, Astoria, Oregon . . . and there she goes.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This web site might help you identify the ship.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5856353_identify-u_s_-naval-ships.html

cieldequimper said...

And here was me thinking MB had posted a huge warship yesterday. These are wonderful shots Sheryl, the close-ups are so full of detail and so colourful, which is a feat for a grey navy vessel!

Lee Spangler said...

I like the extent of your zoom. It is clear and worthwhile. Thanks for all of your advice re: cameras and how to take pix

Jacob said...

I was in the Navy, but spent all of my time at an air station, and can't remember ship designations at all...looks like some kind of supply ship, but that may be all wrong.

Very fine photography, Sheryl...thanks for the close-ups...one gets a new perspective on the massive complexity, as you said!

Don and Krise said...

Great shots Sheryl. That ship really dwarfs that poor little pilot boat. I don't blame the guy for being a little hesitant about stepping onto the ladder. Good job having a steady hand with the zoom too.

TheFrogBag said...

Wow, what an amazing series! Just beautiful!

VP said...

Great set of pictures, obviously my favorite is the one with the detail of the pilot boat. She is a kind of oiler, the USNS Guadalupe.

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