Boatanchor Travel Guide
So, you're planning a trip, and you'd like to know if there are any
boatanchor- or technology-related sites where you're going?
Over the past few years, I've made a number of business trips
with one of my colleagues at Velio Communications. Whenever possible,
we try to find an excuse to visit a surplus store, a WWII ship, or some
other techologically interesting site, just to make the business travel
Check out some of the sites we've visited at
Sightseeing for Geeks .
Some other places to visit:
National Radio Historical Society
Check out the KPH project, the Victory Ship radio room, and various other sites, all in
the San Francisco Bay area.
S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien
If you're in San Francisco, a visit to the only operational Liberty Ship in
existence is a must! If you ask the docents very nicely, they might
agree to show you the amazing radio room in the ship. But, best of all, you
can actually take a cruise on the ship; they'll even let you spend
the entire cruise in the engine room! Oh, man...
AND, right next door to the Jeremiah O'Brien is a terrific tour of a WWII Submarine!
Point Reyes National Seashore
Not only are there great 'normal' recreational activities there, but you can visit one
of America's most interesting lighthouses. And, you'll drive right by the KPH Maritime
Radio site on the way. If you have a day to kill in the Bay area, you cannot do
better than spend it at Point Reyes!
USS Cobia (WWII Submarine)
The Cobia is located at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, a "must-see" for any boatanchor
enthusiast. Among other things, a local amateur radio group has restored to operation
the sub's SJ-1 radar system, the oldest operating radar system in the world!
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Hey, they have a German U-Boat, they've got a coal mine, they've got trains...
What more did you need to know. GO there!!
US Air Force Museum
Simply the best military aircraft museum in the world. A must-see if you're
in Dayton, Ohio.
And, while we're on the subject of Ohio Geek Travel, you should not miss
a visit to the legendary Fair Radio in Lima, Ohio. Where else can you see
(many) palette loads of R-390A's..? They've moved recently, so check their
website for directions.
In Cleveland, right next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (another good
place to visit, but not technology related), you'll find the USS Cod Submarine
Memorial. A great tour! The local RAS seems to have the radio room somewhat
William G. Mather
And, right next door to the Cod, is the Great Lakes Steamship William G. Mather.
Another terrific tour! You don't even have to move your car :)
USS North Carolina
I've taken this tour dozens of times and never get tired of it! If you're
in Wilmington, NC, you'd be crazy not to visit BB-55. Allow about 4 hours
to see the film, do the tour, and do some serious gawking in Radio Central,
the Plotting Room, the 16" gun turret, and so forth...
So, the wife has dragged you off for a "romantic" weekend in Charleston, SC..?
That's all well and good, but just to keep that essential balance in your
relationship, you really should drap HER along to
visit Partriot's Point. Where else can you take not one, but FOUR
excellent naval tours: the USS Yorktown (CV-10), which contains the National
Memorial to Carrier Aviation, the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a late deisel WWII
boat, the USS Laffey (DD-724), a WWII destroyer with an absolutely incredible
war story, and the USCGC Ingham (WHEC=35), a Coast Guard vessel with a
remarkably distinguished military career. And, there's also a recreation
of a Vietnam Advanced Tactical Support Base of the "Brown Water Navy".
Yep, Patriot's Point is a feast. Allow most of a day to do it properly.