Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cutter Ingham

It happened my wife was away, I had the dog at work and at six o'clock in the morning as I left work i got it into my head to take Cheyenne for a walk at the Truman Waterfront in the dark.I had forgotten but they recently towed an old US Coastguard cutter to the dock and there she sat in the dawn's early darkness:The Treasury class cutter was named for 19th century Treasury Secretary Samuel Ingham, and was built in 1934. The ship served on Atlantic convoy duty in World War Two and sank a German submarine in 1942, which was before the ship went to the Pacific to take up duties there.Later Ingham served in the Korean War and in Vietnam before being decommissioned in 1988. The ship was on display Up North until last year when after a refit was brought to Key West and now sits alongside the old Mohawk as part of the incipient Maritime Memorial Museum. The ship is a National Historic landmark and is also a memorial for the 912 members of the Coastguard who died in World War II and Vietnam. They say there is a plaque with the names on it on board but I wasn't able to check it out. I'm not sure the ship is open for tours yet, though I plan to go aboard when I can. The Mohawk was the object of my attentions in a previous essay and is visible in the photo below:Cheyenne loved every minute of her wild wandering around the dock, checking in with me from time to time as she ran back and forth:The ship looks to be in great shape:
And the Navy basin at that hour was delightfully peaceful. Even though there was evidence of the recent activity surrounding the yacht races:
I am not much of a one to discuss photographic techniques but I had managed brilliantly to forget my gorilla-pod in the car so I basically held the camera up with a shutter speed around a sixth of a second and did my worst:I wanted to illustrate the splendid signal flags flapping tightly in the breeze which may or may not have worked out:And there it is. Another attraction for Key West to boast about.