2016 Westward HO travel blog

Mt. Rainier

Seattle Skyline

Fish Market

Killer Whales in Puget Sound

Moutain Range

Flower Market

Flower Market

Crabs for sale

More Fish

Street Music

USS Turner Joy

USS Turner Joy

Mess Deck

Car Ferry




Our trip to downtown Seattle was not bad compared to traveling downtown to San Francisco. It only took us 45 minutes to travel 20 miles. Once we got to downtown Seattle was a very busy place, not sure if it is always like this or just a normal Friday. We found a parking lot finally that was close to the Pike Street Market which will be our first stop.

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. With more than 10 million visitors annually, Pike Place Market is Seattle's most popular tourist destination and is the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world. One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale. According to the employees, this tradition started when the fishmongers got tired of having to walk out to the Market's fish table to retrieve a salmon each time someone ordered one. Eventually, the owner realized it was easier to station an employee at the table, to throw the fish over the counter. Flowers, Fish and Restaurants are the major vendors at this large market. The amount of flowers that are for sale is amazing, and very cheap compared to a florist. You can pick up a large bouquet for only $10.00. After wandering thru the market which was packed with people, which made it difficult for me to get around on my scooter, decided we would take the car ferry over to Bremerton Washington to visit the historic ship USS Turner Joy.

The car ferry can carry 190 vehicles and 1200 passengers. As you see it was very large but a great one hour ride across Puget Sound.

Bremerton is home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Bremerton Annex of Naval Base Kitsap. Bremerton is connected to Downtown Seattle by a 60-minute ferry route, which carries both vehicles and walk-on passengers along a 17-mile sailing route to Seattle. Naval Base Kitsap is a U.S. Navy base located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. It was created in 2004 by merging the former Naval Station Bremerton with Naval Submarine Base Bangor. The Mission of Naval Base Kitsap is to serve as the home base for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound and to provide base operating services, including support for both surface ships and Fleet Ballistic Missile and other nuclear submarines having their home ports at Bremerton and Bangor. Naval Base Kitsap also provides service, programs, and facilities to meet the needs of their hosted combat commands, tenant activities, ships' crews, and civilian employees. Naval Base Kitsap is the largest naval organization in Navy Region Northwest, and it is composed of installations at Bremerton, Bangor, Manchester, Indian Island, and Keyport, Washington.

Naval Base Kitsap is the third-largest Navy base in the U.S. It features one of the U.S. Navy's four nuclear shipyards, one of two strategic nuclear weapons facilities, the only West Coast dry dock capable of handling a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and the Navy's largest fuel depot.

The USS Turner Joy was commissioned on August 3, 1959. It was newer than the one I was on, it was commissioned in 1946. USS Turner Joy was the first naval ship to engage during the Vietnam War when they were attacked by North Vietnamese gun boats in the Tonkin Gulf on August 2, 1964. The Turner Joy was the ship that fired the finally naval shot during the Vietnam War. We met 3 old sailors as myself which were in when I was. One of them had served on the USS Turner Joy after the Tonkin Gulf incident. One of the other gentleman was on an AO while the other guy was on an APA. This was a great visit.

We took the ferry back to Seattle and returned to the motorhome. We left downtown Seattle and it only took us 20 minutes to get back, which is great as for traffic. Tomorrow is another day.

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