Welcome home, USS Ronald Reagan

The USS Ronald Reagan strike group returned home today, just in time for its crew to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with families and friends.

USS Ronald Reagan by NW Limited...History in Vogue

USS Ronald Reagan by NW Limited...History in Vogue features the USPS first day issue stamp and postmark commemorating Ronald Reagan as well as a lithograph of the ship $200

The Navy aircraft carrier is part of six ships that make up the Ronald Reagan Strike Group. They are returning from a six month-long deployment in the Persian Gulf, or 7th U.S. fleet area of responsibility.
NW Limited…History in VogueTM sends a warm welcome home to the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan.

Links:
USS Ronald Reagan website
NW Limited…History in VogueTM (where to purchase the above pictured framed lithograph)

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Today in History: The USS Ronald Reagan

Five years ago, July 12, 2003: The USS Ronald Reagan, the first carrier named for a living president, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va.

Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan tribute...great gift!
33″ X 14″ framed, numbered and limited edition tribute to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier by NW Limited…History in VogueTM features the Feb. 9, 2005 postmark and stamp honoring Ronald Wilson Reagan. $200

“Peace through strength”

To purchase, see the link below, or email bill@nwlimited.com call 503-338-6056

USS Ronald Reagan at NW Limited…History in VogueTM
United States Navy website of the USS Ronald Reagan
Our USS Ronald Reagan page here at WordPress

USS Shark carronades on display this weekend

in Nehalem Bay Park near Manzanita, Oregon.
Here’s an excerpt from the Cannon Blog at Oregon State Park website:

“Posted June 20
Been a while between updates, so here’s a catch-you-up.

The next public viewing is July 5, from 1-2 p.m.
Carpool or find some other way to reach the park … this is a holiday weekend and parking will be tight.
The viewing is in the Nehalem Bay State Park maintenance yard (there will be signs … it’s just inside the entrance to the park).

We had an exciting time in May. Oregon Public Broadcasting produces TV episodes for the nationally-broadcast show History Detectives. They’re producing a show on the cannon with the question: Are these from the USS Shark? To help gather more information on their origin, the show arranged for some x-rays of the cannon. Fuji Corportation donated time on one of their portable x-ray machines, and a company called PSI from Portland volunteered their time as industrial radiographers. It was a challenge to get some good, clear images, but they did produce a couple. It was cool to watch them in action, and the x-rays give us a peek beneath the heavy, crusty shell (made of sand and iron, sort of a natural concrete).”

X-Ray of the USS Shark Carronades found near Arch Cape, Oregon in February 2008
Check out this photo from their photo gallery (click for larger).
Links:
Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart (includes the USS Shark among hundreds of other shipwrecks of the Pacific Graveyard)
Cannon Blog at Oregon Parks
Cannon Photo Gallery
Columbia River Maritime Museum
PBS History Detectives

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and Privateer Lynx pictures

American flag flies at the stern of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle
Old Glory framed against a blue sky, rippling in a northwesterly breeze and flying proudly on the United States Coast Guard cutter Eagle as she is moored alongside the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon.
Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, tall ship visiting Astoria, Oregon

 

 

The barque Eagle as seen from the Columbia River Maritime Museum on 6 June, 2008.
(Click for larger version)
Lightship Columbia, moored alongside, looks small in comparison to the 295′ long ship.

 

View of the stern of the ship, showing the draft markings at the hull

The Eagle was commissioned originally for the German Navy as the Horst Wessel in 1936.
Taken by the US as a war prize after WWII, she was re-commissioned in 1946 for the USCG.
More information on the Eagle’s history at this link
Click the image for a larger version.

 The rigging and mast of the USCG Cutter Eagle

Name plaque on the barque EagleThree ship's wheels!

The fuzzy stuff is called “baggywrinkle” and it is
designed to decrease chafing of the sailsBaggywrinkle in the rigging of the Cutter EagleThe 1812 Privateer Lynx under sail on the Columbia River

The 1812 Privateer Lynx under full sail on the Columbia River.

The tall ship Eagle turning on anchor, preparing to leave Astoria, Oregon

 

 

The USCG Cutter Eagle pivoting on anchor, turning from her Eastward-pointing direction as she prepares to depart out the mouth of the Columbia River, and navigate the waters of the Pacific Graveyard, where the bones of many ships and fishing vessels repose.

The barque pointed west on the columbia River near Astoria, Oregon
Pointed west, the barque then rides the ebb tide to the Pacific Ocean.

The USCG Cutter Eagle, escorted by an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

The Eagle departing Astoria, escorted by an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

(click image at left for a larger version)

 Links:

Pictures and video on the USCG Press Release Page
If you love maritime history, sailing and boats in general, or know someone who does, have a look at our shipwreck chart, available for purchase: Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard.
 

US Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE to visit Astoria

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle tall ship under sail off the coast of Oregon
The Coast Guard Academy’s three masted training Barque, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (WIX 327), sets sails off the coast of Oregon during the 1999 summer trip. The cutter, which is homeported in New London, Conn., holds the distinction of being the largest tall ship to fly the Stars and Stripes. USCG photo by BORTHWICK, BRUCE YN1

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will be in Astoria and open for public tours from June 12 until June 16. This is Eagle’s first visit to Astoria since 1999, and a unique opportunity to climb aboard an extremely unique Tall Ship. Public tours are tentatively scheduled as follows:
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Thursday June 12: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Friday June 13: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Saturday June 14: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday June 15: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295′ barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American government service. She is the seventh U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship to bear the name in a line dating back to 1792.
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Each summer, Eagle conducts cruises with cadets from the United States Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School for periods ranging from a week to two months. These cruises fulfill multiple roles; the primary mission is training the cadets and officer candidates, but the ship also performs a public relations role. Often, Eagle makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador.
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“U.S. Coast Guard, when things are at their worst, we’re at our best. ”
Link to NW Limited’s Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart:
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard

Ronald Wilson Reagan

On this day, June 5, 2004, our 40th President passed away at his home in Bel Air.
Born February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois, Reagan wore many hats over the course of his 93 year life. He served as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer in the US Army, was a television and film actor, President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) (1947-1952 & 1959), Governor of the State of California (1967-1975) and the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989).

While the fall of communism may serve as his most potent legacy, he is survived by wife Nancy and three grown children. Many streets, buildings, schools and organizations bear this great man’s name including the final Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
Link:
From the Flightline: This Day in History

History is happenin’

Visiting Clatsop County (Seaside, Astoria, Warrenton) this weekend?  Vacationing on the Long Beach Peninsula?
Maybe you live here and want to find something interesting to experience, or immortalize your memories for posterity.
These events will interest you:

The Oregon Encyclopedia Project is seeking Astoria residents to contribute ideas to their online Encyclopedia from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Astoria’s Public Library.
The 50th Anniversary of Ft. Clatsop is being celebrated at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Park.
Columbia River Maritime Museum has a “Steamboats of the Columbia” exhibit that will intrigue all ages.
Hands-on History Tours of Battery Russell at Ft. Stevens.
There’s also Victorian Vogue at Astoria’s Heritage Museum.
History in VogueTM is at Astoria’s Sunday Market for a piece of history you can take home with you.
Links:
History in Vogue
Ft. Stevens Information
Astoria’s Heritage Museum
Coast Weekend
Oregon Encyclopedia asks “What is Oregon?”

Respectfully remembered…

To many, the true meaning of this holiday is forgotten as we worry about kicking off the Summer season with a barbecue, or who will win the Indy 500.
Lost in the overwhelming flood of sales ads, what to wear, where to go, and concern over the cost of fuel to get there as we drive to see the in-laws.
Our founding principle is Made in the USA, and as such, we must give sacred respect for the real reason that we have a day set aside to remember those who gave it all, and the families left behind.
From Wikipedia:
“Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day; and for many years observed on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.”

NW Limited…History in VogueTM would like to join you in honoring these men and women who died protecting our freedom.
No matter who you want to vote for, how you want to celebrate this Memorial Day Weekend, the ones we honor in remembrance will always be the true heroes.
Our Armed Forces, The United States Navy, The United States Army, The United States Marine Corps, The United States Coast Guard are all given our sincere respect, deepest honor, and continuing support.
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials.
A national moment of remembrance takes place at 9 p.m. US Eastern time.
Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.
Every other day we exist in this country that we call home is a true holiday because of the lives given in the line of duty.
Thank you!

US Memorial Day

Carronades from USS Shark to be displayed

in Manzanita tomorrow, April 29, 2008 at Nehalem Bay State Park.
The small cannons are normally kept submerged in water and secured until restoration, but the Oregon Parks Dept. is draining the water and inviting visitors to come and view them from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
Here are a few photos from NW Limited’s trip to see them at the last public viewing in March:

The surface feels much like concrete encasing the carronade due to pressure and reaction of the elements surrounding the carronades for 162 years.
They were buried in approximately 20′ of sand prior to the Winter of 2007-2008 storms’ erosion.

You can see the mounting apparatus on the bottom of the cannon in this picture on the right.

The pieces in the bottom of the tub are a chain and possibly other bits of the USS Shark Navy schooner, which was wrecked on the Columbia River Bar.
The carronades even have their own blog: Cannon Blog
The USS Shark is one of the hundreds of Oregon and Washington, Columbia River shipwrecks featured on our Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart.
Three versions of the chart are currently available (click the following link to see more):