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Naval Undersea Museum – Keyport, Washington

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Mount Vernon RV Resort in Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 9th. I’ve been here a number of times in past years.


I’ll be hanging out in this general area until about the beginning of October, taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.


(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m a number of blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode in about three weeks.)



Today’s subject…

A couple of weeks ago I spent an enjoyable three hours at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.


I particularly enjoyed this museum because in my earlier life, I worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division at Groton, Connecticut where they build nuclear submarines. For about three years in the mid 1960’s I worked as a Radiographer…that’s an industrial x-ray person. Using radioactive materials Iridium 92 and Cobalt 60, I and others non-destructively tested the welds, castings, piping and other components of a nuclear submarine.

I did radiography on about 25 different submarines during this period. It was a very interesting job, however, I think it was in 1966 because of government financial cutbacks on military spending, I got laid off. I promptly went across the Thames River to Waterford, Connecticut to work on Unit #1 of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station…which led to my quality control career in commercial nuclear power construction for the next 15 years.


I was particularly looking forward to visiting this museum. Primarily because in the first photo below you will see the sail of the now decommissioned 637 boat…the USS Sturgeon. I think I can safely say I logged more of my radiography hours on the 637 than any other boat.


This is a great museum and you should make the time to visit if you find yourself in the area.


Here are some of the photos that I took…


As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

























I also did a lot of radiography on the USS George Washington, the first Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine…


























I also did some radiography on the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, when it entered the shipyard for repair work…





















You can see the other 142 photos that I took by clicking on the below photo…






Naval Undersea Museum – Keyport, Washington







You can read all about the museum by clicking the below link…



I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was mostly sunny and 73 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with a few showers and 69 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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