Saturday, September 11, 2010

Aboard the LST-325

We made it to Marietta today to tour the LST-325 -- Adam (age 10), Joey (16) and me. We arrived around 11 a.m., just in time to catch the horde of people wanting to get on the ship.

For those who came in late, LST-325 is a troop and tank carrier that participated in the D-Day invasion in 1944. It's now based in Evansville, Ind. It's on a three-city swing in the upper Ohio River, having stopped already in Wheeling and Pittsburgh.

We enjoyed the ship itself and learned a lot. If we had a problem, it was that the ship is just too popular. It was crowded with visitors. Getting a good photo of the ship was not easy, as just about everywhere you looked was at least one person in the way of what you want to shoot. Because some of the passageways were so narrow, at times we felt pushed along like a leaf in a fast-moving stream.

I didn't mean to whine or sound like I'm complaining. I just didn't expect so many people to turn out to see this bit of floating history. It was that popular. Really. It was like people standing in line for a big Hollywood blockbuster.

Adam suggests that we tour the ship again if we ever make it Evansville.

So here are a few photos that we did get.

First, a view from the rear of the tank deck.

Here is one of the guns on the main deck.

Finally, these are bunks in the berthing compartment.

We'll probably try to catch it on its return trip down the Ohio soon.