Got a pic of Orca today going past Gig Harbor on her way through the Tacoma Narrows heading down-sound. The shore you see on the other side of this pic is Point Defiance. I've seen Canadian Naval vessels in Seattle before, but never down here, so this is a bit of a treat. Sorry for the power lines. Unfortunately, they tend to ruin the otherwise stellar view we get from our house here in Gig Harbor.
Quick update as of 11:00: it looks like Orca is not going down sound but is circling about in the sound between Gig Harbor, Point Defiance, and Vashon Island.
A reminder that Sunday May 4, 2013 is the annual "Battle of the Atlantic" day of remembrance.
Take some time on Sunday to remember the courage and sacrifice of the merchant mariners, the convoy escort Navy men, and all others involved in that long and horrible time.
It will put some of our current coastal-shipping and ferries issues into a different perspective.
Thank you to all who served.
A late neighbour two doors down served in the Merchant Marine during the war. Hearing some very harrowing stories from him gave new perspectives on that part of the war effort. Seeing other ships sunk by a lurking submarine, facing unbelievable storms, and the other details he talked about is sometimes missing from the remembrance of those who have sacrificed so much for our country. Without their help the troops and desperately needed supplies wouldn't have reached Britain and Europe.
Queen of Prince Rupert at Bear Cove - Thankyou for your years of service