We spent our last
morning in Philly at the Independence
Seaport Museum, home of the submarine Becuna and Commodore George
Dewey's flagship, the Olympia.
The seaport itself
has a small museum on sailing and shipbuilding. Unfortunately,
this photo of the skeleton of a wooden boat was the only inside photo
that turned out.
Guest ships docked at the seaport
The only photo we were able to get from aboard the submarine Becuna was this humorous artwork depicting views of a Chief Petty Officer
Fortunately, we were able to get better photos aboard the Olympia
The date on the
plaque is 1893, making the Olmpia the oldest steel-hulled warship still
Pamela is underneath a plaque commemorating Dewey's defeat of the Spanish fleet in Manilla Bay. It was on May 1, 1898 from the deck of the Olympia that Commodore Dewey gave the famous order "You may fire when ready Gridley."
Here are a few
Notice the box of preserves.
Finally, across the
river from Philadelphia is Camden, New Jersey. And visible from
the cruiser Olympia, is the battleship New Jersey,
which is docked at Camden.
With that, our museum visit was complete, and it was time to drive on to Baltimore. As we departed Philly, we visited an Italian neighborhood so we could stop at Chickie's Italian Deli (as featured on the PBS special Sandwhiches That You Will Like) On our way, we passed this seafood shop:
For what it's worth, the Chickie's Special lives up to the hype. When you're in Philly, visit Chickie's and have the special.
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