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Glacier Bay, Alaska

Approaching Grand Pacific Glacier.

Grand Pacific Glacier
Grand Pacific Glacier

The photo below was taken at virtually the same spot but with an effective focal length of 157mm versus 42mm for the one above.

Grand Pacific Glacier
Grand Pacific Glacier

Merry Christmas, Shipmates

ussvi peace on earth

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.

For all those that “rode the boats” throughout the Cold War years, thank you for helping to keep the Peace for over 54 years. Bravo Zulu, Brothers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside the Boatwright’s Shop

If we live near the water we see the outside of boats everyday. If we own a boat (or better yet, have a friend with a boat) we’re familiar with the inside of a boat. But seldom do we see what it takes to construct one. So here’s a look inside a boatwright’s work shop. This is at the Wooden Boat Center on Lake Union in Seattle.

These places are good for the soul. There’s the comfort of holding well worn hand tools and the smells of sawn cedar and freshly applied varnish. And in the Winter, there’s a small wood burning stove for warmth on cold rainy days.


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Wisdom of the Sands”
French writer (1900 – 1944)