Manatees At Patriots Point!

It’s not everyday that one sees a manatee at Patriots Point, but it does happen more than you think. The last couple of summers we have seen frequent almost weekly manatee activity at Patriots Point from our pier and ships. They winter in Florida and move north when the waters warm. Learn more about manatees […]

Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point

I touch the day, I taste the light, I remember – W. S. Merwin When the Medal of Honor Museum opened to the public in May of 2007, a new interactive world of exhibits was placed onboard the USS Yorktown. This small world enables connections and memory to take over. The caption on the image […]

Naval Aviator Sets World Altitude Record 1927

On 25 July 1927 Lieutenant Carleton  Cole Champion, Jr.,  set the world altitude record in a Wright Apache aircraft by reaching 38,419 feet. This record would stand for two years.  Champion had set the world seaplane altitude record just three weeks before with his float equipped Apache (seen above and below) when he climbed to […]

Video Thursday Salute To The Space Program

Shuttle Atlantis has now landed back on American soil and for the present future no Americans will return to space from our homeland. Mission control is shutting down and laying off 900 workers. The future is in question, but hopefully our heritage and legacy will force us to return to space where the future of […]

Gemini X Launches Forty-Five Years Ago Today!

On 18 July 1966, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on the mission of Gemini X, the 8th manned Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th spaceflight of all time. Astronaut Young was a naval aviator and had flown the F-9 Cougar jet (similar to the one on USS Yorktown at […]

Video Thursday 7.15.11 Salute To The Space Shuttle!

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.   Dylan Thomas The Space Shuttle was born on 05 January 1972, when President Nixon announced that NASA would proceed with the development of a reusable Space Shuttle system. The […]

The Nation's Newest Medal of Honor Recipient: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry

The second living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the war in Afghanistan received his medal in ceremonies at the White House yesterday, 12 July. The new recipient is Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry who was involved in combat with the Taliban. Petry, a native of  Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the […]

CVS Designation Established By Navy 1953

On 08 July 1953 the “CVS” designation was established by the United States Navy to identify aircraft carriers dedicated to antisubmarine warfare missions. The first carriers to have their designations changed to CVS were Franklin (CVS-13), Bunker Hill (CVS-17), Leyte (CVS-32), Antietam (CVS-36) and Valley Forge (CVS-45). Eventually twenty aircraft carriers would be designated with […]

Video Thursday 7.07.11…Torpedoes Away Me Boys…

On 17 July Das Boot begins a 3 night run with submarine tour at Patriots Point…details here…torpedoes are the submarine’s weapons of destruction, today we’ll look at our modern torpedoes, which don’t physically impact ships anymore, but explode underneath the keel of a ship forcing a tsunami of water pressure up to break a ship […]

4th of July: Video Thursday

Here’s a preview of what is up or about to be fired upwards on our nation’s 235th birthday on Monday 04 July 2011. Everyone have a wonderful and safe holiday, Happy Birthday America! Here’s the Grand Finale at Patriots Point in 2009!