Carrier Constellation rumbles toward Texas

The Connie departs Friday.
The Connie departs Friday.

Were you among the droves of onlookers that bid the USS Constellation farewell in Bremerton on Friday?

I know I was. I asked some polite folks at city hall if I could come to the top of the Norm Dicks Government Center and take her picture as the 61,000 ton vessel departed.

I got a lot of photos on Facebook, which I’ve displayed below. Me and my partner in crime, Ed Friedrich (the military and transportation reporter here at the Sun) will keep an eye on her journey around the tip of South America to the scrapyards of Brownsville, Texas. Ed will keep us posted on the largest ship recycling in U.S. history as well.

So far, she’s traveling past Oregon, near Coos Bay, according to marinetraffic.com. (To find her, you must find the Corbin Foss, her tugboat escort.)

Feel free to drop me a line if you caught Connie slipping out of Puget Sound, or further along the journey.

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Photo by Beth Cochran.
Photo by Beth Cochran.

 

Photo by Joanie Reynolds Pearson.
Photo by Joanie Reynolds Pearson.

 

Photo by Patrick Kerber.
Photo by Patrick Kerber.

 

Photo by Margret Mountjoy.
Photo by Margret Mountjoy.

2 thoughts on “Carrier Constellation rumbles toward Texas

  1. A very nice tribute, Josh, and thanks for posting one of my photos! Having served in the U.S. Navy (1969-’73) but never on a ship, I fulfill that missed opportunity by taking photos and living vicariously thru the seafaring stories of others. I’ll be very interested in any updates as the Connie progresses along her final voyage.

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