Submarine at the Shipyard

You have to click this one to see it large.  The submarine that is docked in port at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is being hosed off as the shipyard glows in the late day sunlight underneath some colorful and fluffy clouds.  What a serene scene and a nice portrait of the colorful cranes on the Maine horizon.

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

One of the seacoast’s largest economic drivers is the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  The shipyard employs a tremendous amount of workers and pays them handsome sums of money, which fuels the growth of our local economy.  This world class facility operates on nuclear submarines right in our own back yard, which is both a fascinating and horrifying fact given the potential for nuclear disaster.  Much of the shipyard remains a mystery for security reasons, and you can only gain access from two gates on land in Kittery, but it is an imposing neighbor with beautiful industrial appeal.  In this shot, two Coast Guard cutters are docked on shore in front of the Naval Shipyard Prison (Alcatraz of the East) and beneath some quickly moving clouds illuminated by the setting sun.

USS Carter Hall | Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a new guest has arrived and docked for a few days.  The 609-foot USS Carter Hall is on the scene to load and transport (inside the boat!) the decommissioned NR-1 submarine from the nuclear shipyard to the State of Washington.  Read more about it at Foster’s or at the Portsmouth Herald.  The massive boat, as seen above from Prescott Park, is quite an imposing piece of engineering…from afar I thought it was a new building when I couldn’t see the bottom of the ship.  I then took a stroll to the waterfront and saw that it was in fact a boat!  Below is a shot taken with my iPhone.

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USS Carter Hall | Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, a new guest has arrived and docked for a few days.  The 609-foot USS Carter Hall is on the scene to load and transport (inside the boat!) the decommissioned NR-1 submarine from the nuclear shipyard to the State of Washington.  Read more about it at Foster’s or at the Portsmouth Herald.  The massive boat, as seen above from Prescott Park, is quite an imposing piece of engineering…from afar I thought it was a new building when I couldn’t see the bottom of the ship.  I then took a stroll to the waterfront and saw that it was in fact a boat!  Below is a shot taken with my iPhone.

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