Originally Posted by 603doug
they get cranky when some boat gets a little close, but you are right I have come up the river when there is a flotilla of fishing boats in front of the base and I have swung in closer than "normal" and they just cock the 50 cal but do not offer to shoot
I ear you! I was fortunate to sail with a tall ship into Norfolk for part of the 400th Jamestown celebration and the Navy, in all its wisdom decided to deploy two subs outbound into a flotilla of over 40 tall ships and 200 or so spectator vessels. They were using one of those aluminum SAFE boats to try to carve some space and they nearly rammed a French sailing ship to try to get it to change course. A CG guy who as onboard says they like to have a 500 yard separation but that hardly seems practical in an area like Hampton Rhodes. That is a 50 cal. and you just know its loaded.....
The other shot is of the "Bluenose" out of the great state of Maine. She was, without question, the Belle of the Ball!
I also added a shot of the reception we got from another Navy ship that was anchored on the parade route! I just felt special getting a salute from those sailors!