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San Diego Festival of Sail

This weekend, the San Diego Festival of Sail was going on downtown in the harbor. Naturally, I went down for the picture-taking opportunities, and here’s a few of the shots I took.

CaravelleThis is a reconstruction of a Spanish Caravelle from the 16th Century. You’s think that the raised bits fore and aft would have cabins or something, but they don’t. They’re just big sheds. They’re really very simple ships. It’s amazing to think that real people sailed the open Atlantic and pacific oceans in these little tubs. They must’ve been insane.

USSR Foxtrot SubmarineThis is a retired Foxtrot-class Submarine from the navy of the Soviet Union. The original was a bit overexposed, so, since I always shoot in RAW format, I turned it into a 1970s-style, grainy, telephoto spy shot. Thank you, Lightroom.

Pilgrim ForecastleThis is the bow of the Pilgrim. Very patriotic, a tradition among American ships that continues today, in a far more garish fashion, as you’ll see.

Red SailsThe sails are very…red.

Sdfs 0850The helm station of the USS Dolphin, once the deepest diving submarine the US Navy. It’s actual dive depth is still classified, but it is “in excess of 3,000 feet”.

Sdfs 0860The aft torpedo room of the Foxtrot-class Soviet sub. By the way. “Foxtrot” was what we called it in the Western militaries. I’m sure the Russians had another name for it, with lots of “CH” and “Z” sounds.

Sdfs 0866Inside the Foxtrot sub, there were tanks of something labeled “Rezervniy Osnovnoy”, which sounds jolly important, whatever it is.

Sdfs 0892A gun port on the HMS Rose, which was renamed HMS Surprize for the filming of the movie “Master and Commander”, which was shot using this ship.

Crow's NestSome poor fellow had to climb up there all the time to keep watch. Also, one thing you notice about sailing ships: They used lots of rope. Very ropey, indeed.

Sailing ships from insideWe went to Anthony’s Fish Grotto for lunch, where we could continue to watch the tall ships in comfort.

Rocky shoreA rocky shore on Coronado Island.

Patriotic Charter BoatEven I think the patriotic theme is a bit too much, and I’m a veteran, for crying out loud. OK. We get it. You’re American.

Young FishermanYoung Fisherman, Coronado Island.

San DiegoSan Diego, looking pretty much as it does every single day.

Pretty rockThis picturesque rock was just sitting on the beach at Coronado Island.

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