Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011, Day 268 - Sleeping leviathan

Commissioned in 1957 the USS Blueback is armed with six torpedo tubes and can carry twenty-two torpedos along with a crew of seventy-seven.  A Barbel class submarine, she is the last series that is diesel driven all since have been nuclear and is considered as fast-attack craft.  In 1990 the Blueback as decommissioned and four years later she went on permanent public display docked in the Willamette River as part of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  It is rather awing to think that this ship was awarded two battle stars for service during the Vietnam War and, although decommissioned, this predatory machine calls Portland its home.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon 16-35/f2.8L Mark II
16mm, f8, 37 sec @ 200 ISO

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