Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Philly


Very old destroyers, and the gantry crane of the Aker Philadelphia Yard (nee Kvaerner Philadelphia, nee Philadelphia Naval Shipyard)

The relatively new CG 47 Ticonderoga, alongside the Spruance-class Conolly. I toured Conolly once as a kid, in Norfolk

Old and rusted

Moored up ships, with the Naval Business center beyond

Blight

Cool lift bridge at the entrance to the mothball mooring Posted by Picasa

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2 comments:

Entropy said...

Like all artists & architects, I am fascinated by industrial decay. The best part of taking a train up & down the east coast is that the tracks pass through areas like this all the way from NY to DC. Looks like a fun time.

The photo entitled "blight" shows new cars parked there - someone goes to work there everyday. What does that do to a psyche to spend your working life in that kind of environment?

The "old destroyer" #2 looks like it should be at the bottom of the harbor, or beached in India. Seriously, is it sitting on blocks to make it look like it's floating?

The port-hole photo of the Ticonderoga & Conolly is great. Good instincts to frame it that way.

Dan said...

Wow, praise from Caesar. I'm glad you liked the photos.

I tried to capture the gone-to-seed quality of the yard, but the pictures don't quite capture it. You can see the grass growing through cracks in the pavement, the rust on every metal surface, and the litter everywhere. But you can't smell it, or hear the desolate stillness of it. The contrast is heightened by the activity visible in the distance on the bridge or in the river, or the glittering skyscrapers of downtown off to the north.

I'm not sure what anyone does at the yard. The ships are all laid up, many awaiting final disposal (most at the scrapyard, a few like Conolly destined for museums.

THE MIND IS NOT A VESSEL TO BE FILLED BUT A FIRE TO BE KINDLED