Time to go inside.
Enlisted crew got their food here.
Navy ship vets should recognize this. They let emergency power cables pass through bulkheads it the main power is out. They're everywhere.
Armored door to fighting bridge. That's some heavy steel there. Designed to protect the helmsman and other crew essential to conning the ship in combat.
Normally, the ship was conned from this bridge.
A trunk with ladders going somewhere interesting. But alas...
Ladders that we could and did use. Sadly, lotsa fat tourists seemed unclear on the concept of going UP ladders on one side of the ship and DOWN ladders on the other.
And the radio space...for Dr. Jim.
The machine shop. A ship like this had to make any new parts or other gear that it needed at sea.
Marine area rifle racks. Alas, no rifles.
This ship was home to several notables.
And Bob Feller, baseball great.
Ted Williams, when his nation called, he put his baseball career on hold and enlisted.
No access to boilers or machinery spaces below. That was a bit of a let down. I'm sure that those spaces are epic.
But you do get considerable access to the superstructure, especially if ladders are your thing.
More later...I sense French Quarter damsels pondering my whereabouts.