San Diego, CA - 10-13 October 20 11
USS MIDWAY (CV-41) TOUR
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, she was launched on 20 March 1945 and commissioned on 10 September 1945, She was the largest warship in the world for the first decade of her service. Every aspect of her construction included the most modern design innovations possible. Twelve Babcock and Wilcox boilers powered four Westinghouse geared turbines which developed 212,000 horsepower for a maximum speed of 33 knots. Midway was designed with two catapults, fourteen arresting cables, and six barriers.
She was decommissioned for the first time in October 1955. After
being decommissioned, Midway underwent a modernization project to give
her the capability to operate high performance jet aircraft. She was fitted with
two steam catapults on the bow and a shorter steam catapult in the new angle
deck. The purpose of the third catapult was to allow ready deck launches while
keeping the landing area clear for recoveries in an "alert" situation.
Additional improvements included the installation of a hurricane (enclosed) bow,
moving elevator number three to the starboard deck edge aft of the island,
enlarging the number one elevator to accommodate longer aircraft, new arresting
gear, jet blast deflectors, and the largest aviation crane ever installed on an
aircraft carrier. On recommissioning in September 1957, Midway's load
displacement had grown from 55,000 to 62,000 tons.
30 September 2003,she was towed to Oakland, California. Restoration work was
performed before Midway was again taken under tow on 31 December. The
Foss Maritime Company's Corbin Foss towed Midway down the coast of
California, arriving in San Diego Bay on 5 January 2004. Midway was
temporarily berthed at NAS North Island to load restored aircraft and also add
ballast and equipment in preparation for her move across the bay to Navy Pier
where she officially opened as the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum on 7 June
Conceived and built during the desperate days of World War II, the carriers of the Midway class carried a crew of 4,500 and up to 70 aircraft. The 1,000 foot-long Midway was once the largest carrier afloat, growing from 45,000 tons in 1945 to 74,000 tons in 1991. However, she had a displacement about two-thirds that of contemporary nuclear-powered flattops. When operating at sea the ship was refueled every three days, burning approximately 100,000 gallons of oil a day.
We were able to tour the ship. A luncheon was served on the flight deck which was a real treat. Ernie gave a moving invocation which was really appreciated in today's secular world.
the ship visit we were bussed out to Point Loma to the Cabrillo Monument.
Luncheon on the flight deck
Cabrillo Monument --- View of San Diego from Cabrillo