We had the opportunity to tour topside on the USS Wisconsin this past Saturday and my son and I had a ball!
Of course, I had my camera out the whole time taking photos. We no sooner parked the truck when we saw a great angle of the ship from our vantage point in the parking deck. Then as we walked closer I was absolutely amazed at the view of the ship from straight on. We learned that this battleship is 108 feet wide because the Panama Canal is 110 feet wide so this ship will just fit. But I have to say, looking at the ship from straight on sure makes for an interesting and somewhat strange sight!
This battleship was originally designed to carry about 1,800 crewmen, but that was increased to just over 2,900 crewmen. This resulted in some extremely tight quarters and sleeping arrangements. Most of us do not realize the many sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. We are one very fortunate country and owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who are willing to sacrifice so much to protect our freedom.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who serve this great country. I for one appreciate it immensely!