Touring the Midway

posted by Sharon July 23, 2013 16 Comments

The retired USS Midway lives now in San Diego. We toured her last week. What a magnificent, complicated aircraft carrier!

The world below the flight deck is a warren of hallways with ladders and pipes everywhere.

Even overhead, there’s a constant tangle.

Signs to help you navigate and operate are also everywhere. You can tell they were added over time, with no particular style or color or size or font. Some are clear.

Many signs lost me, even though they are in English.

Labels talking about water and steam are important.

Just when we were talking about how lost we would be onboard and how would we ever get from our bunk to the mess hall, we came around a corner and met this friendly guy. He served on a ship for 4 years. He interpreted the sign for us. “L” stands for “level.” FR is “frame” and the entire ship is divided into frames.

He assured us that after a week or 2, he knew every level, every frame, every twist of the ship. And life onboard wasn’t confusing but was exciting.

By the end of the day, I had more respect than ever for our men and women in the service. I highly recommend touring the Midway if you’re in San Diego. Not only is the ship fascinating, the view from the flight deck is breathtaking.

So how about you? When has someone helped you see things more clearly?

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The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk-3003 and Nancy Claey’s texture Laundry Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

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Buckeroomama July 23, 2013 at 4:08 am

That is such a fascinating tour. I’m sure my son would love to check this out. 🙂

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tinajo July 23, 2013 at 5:42 am

Looks very cool, my men would love it! 🙂

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a gathering of days July 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

What a great and interesting trip. My step-son is in the coast guard and i got to tour one of the boats he was stationed on. But, it was nothing compared to being able to walk on the midway! Talk about history.

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Nancy Claeys July 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

My son spent some time in San Diego when he was in the Navy and loved it there. Thank you for the interesting tour of The Midway! xo

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Desktop Dreams July 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for sharing your tour it looks fascinating…

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kim July 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

That is so neat! I bet the history was really fascinating.

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Snap July 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I bet this was amazing. The history of the ship and the ship itself … wow!!! Thanks for taking us along. Happy Tuesday!

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inspiredbyjune July 24, 2013 at 12:34 am

Great shots, Sharon! It’s really another world, isn’t it? I’ve toured the Lexington in Corpus Christi, TX, and would love to go back. They have a wonderful Pearl Harbor Museum on board there as well. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure!

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Becs July 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

Amazing shots. Love the expression on the second shot of your friendly tour guide!

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Molly July 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Can you imagine living on that ship for months and months at a time? I am surprised they don’t go utterly insane, I think I would

Mollyxxx

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin July 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Wow! I visited the USS Intrepid in NY – these ships are truly amazing!!

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Anne July 25, 2013 at 12:07 am

That is very interesting and I am sure I would get lost too.

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ZielonaMila July 25, 2013 at 7:26 am

Fantastic photos, fantastic trip through an interesting place:) Regards

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theartfuldiva July 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Thank you for the history lesson – very interesting!

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Peabea July 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

That was so nice to share your tour through a virtual tour. Very nice, and enjoyed your photos.

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Prairie Jill July 27, 2013 at 6:55 am

Great series of shots. I feel like I’ve taken the tour!
Love the abstract feeling of some of the shots.

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