The Mighty Midget revisited…

In A Visit to the Mighty Midget… I presented a brief photo tour of the WW II gunboat on Mare Island.

In this post, I am including additional photos. Post production changes and edits were few and far between except for the last photo, which I tinkered with to create a late light profile from a midday photo. Hey! I have to do it some of the time to justify the photo software!

As with the photos in the first article, they are reduced versions.  Full sized versions, without the watermark, are available. Contact petalumaspectatorsblog@hotmail.com for information. 

A Visit to the Mighty Midget…

Given the current hoopla over the proposal to locate a World War II gunboat in Petaluma as a museum vessel, I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the Mighty Midget–a.k.a. LCS(L)–at Mare Island last Saturday and to practice my photography.

I throughly enjoyed the experience, not only for the chance to exercise my cameras, but to get a “feel” of the history associated with the vessel and the era. The reality of the narrow passageways, stairs, ladders, and living accommodations gives a real sense of what it was like to work and live in a very compact environment. You get a genuine sense of what “close quarters” really means.

Many of the photos are in B & W mainly as I think it is appropriate to the era. It also gave me a chance to use this technique as per my current photo class with Murray Rockowitz. Please note that the photos posted in this article are reduced for web use.  This sacrifices the detail somewhat. Full resolution photos are available upon request.

LCS(L)…

On the day of my visit, Bill Mason of the non-profit association that owns the boat was giving tours to US Naval Sea Scouts and others, including a couple from Sebastopol with their grandchildren…

Sleeping accommodations…library…and the “head”…

Interior…

Radio Room…no transistors or integrated circuits. All wires and tubes…

Gun sight…

Who they were…Where they worked…

 

Note the mechanical controls, speaking tubes, and Underwood typewriter–the computer of its day…

RELATED LINKS

  • For a short video providing a brief history of these ships Click Here
  • For a link to the Mighty Midget web site Click Here
  • Articles: For those living elsewhere in these United States–or for those here in Northern California who have somehow missed hearing about this story– Click Here and Here
  • Editorial Cartoon Click Here