Saturday, May 14, 2016

THE USNS BRUNSWICK

Last weekend, our mainland had their Blessing of the Fleet event. Along with the shrimp boats being blessed was the new USNS Brunswick, a cargo ship named for our town. They say the Navy is so pleased with the aluminum transport's overall usefulness in carrying troops and cargo quickly, that they've ordered more.

From the back it kind of looks like a building:



Here's an interesting tidbit: the aluminum is left unpainted since each gallon of paint weighs about twelve pounds, and the thousands of gallons it would take to cover the ship would add extra weight.

Here is the front:



Besides getting itself blessed, the ship offered public tours. Unfortunately, the line was so long we decided against waiting. (Also, we could see little groups of people staggering up flights of stairs and realized we weren't in any shape to do that much climbing!) Here you can see the end of the line after it went around the block:



Kind of neat to have a ship named for us!

6 comments:

  1. It is big, and it looks like a proper working ship.

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    1. They say the Navy is very pleased with it. It can transport all kinds of things, from troops to munitions to supplies etc.

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  2. Sorry I am so late !
    I like the idea of The Blessing of the Fleet.
    Happy Naming !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. We haven't had as many shrimp boats getting blessed in recent years (which is what it started for) but it's a nice tourist attraction.

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