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As if a distinguished aircraft carrier museum with
scores of exhibits was not enough, the USS Intrepid has two
The first is the Growler, one of the first pair of
guided missile capable, nuclear-deterrent submarines. The museum
conducts a 20 minute guided tour of the sub from stem to stern,
starting in the missile hangars. These hangars sit on top of the
main body of the submarine and give the vessel a very peculiar
profile. The missiles themselves are a far cry from the more modern
submarine missiles we are used to today. These missiles look more
like a 1950's navy jet fighter aircraft with the cockpit faired
over. Furthermore, these missiles could only be fired from the
surface. The launch activity must have been quite a sight!
The third element of the floating museum is the
1950's destroyer USS Edson, named after the founder of the Marine Raiders. We took
a leisurely stroll above and below decks. In common with all the
other exhibits at the museum, the Edson is well maintained and
interesting with well-informed volunteers providing information on
request (and occasionally even without being requested!)
After spending a thoroughly enjoyable half-day at
the USS Intrepid, I can heartily recommended the museum to any navy
or aviation enthusiasts visiting New York.
Before leaving Manhattan, I wanted to visit Ground
Zero to pay my respects.
The cab pulled up beside Trinity Church. I experience a surge of emotion upon encountering the
surrounding fence festooned with messages of support, grief, hope,
pride in the emergency services; plus flags, shirts, hats, socks -
all sorts of personal items left in solidarity or in memorium. Every
one of the many thousands of items told a story.
If the church fence conveys the sentiments of people and
events, the Ground Zero site is evidence of ongoing
determination, commitment and sheer backbreaking effort. Remarkably,
the entire area has been cleared of debris and now resembles a
massive construction site. The progress seems nothing short of
miraculous. Equally miraculous is the localisation of the damage.
Before this visit, I did not realise that the World Trade Center was
hemmed in by retail and financial buildings on all four sides. The
once magnificent glass arch of the Wintergarden still looks like a
skeletal relic of the London Blitz. Other local properties remain
unoccupied, damaged, covered with scaffolds or boarded over.
However, looking around the block, I was amazed that adjacent
buildings such as the World Financial Center had already been
repaired and returned to full service.
The overall mood surrounding the WTC site was also
surprising. The streets bustled with tourists and office workers.
The mood was overwhelmingly positive despite the oppressive heat and
It feels like business as usual.
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My thanks to Steven
Eisenman and family for their hospitality during my New York visit..
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11 August 2002
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