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.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.