Preserving a piece of US Maritime History - invaluable

The USS Olympia is a cruiser that fought in the Spanish American War in 1898 and has been preserved in Philadelphia. She's a one of a kind ship, a national historic monument, and in danger. She needs approximately $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. If you have the resources, or connections to those resources, please consider helping. (full disclosure - there is no financial benefit to me to ask the question - we need to save this ship for posterity). Please contact me at 612-599-1935 or if you have additional questions.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Most Incredible Christmas Light Show Yet! : Video Clips From The Coolest One

Most Incredible Christmas Light Show Yet! : Video Clips From The Coolest One

Thanks for visiting the Wharf Rat's home this year. Almost 25,000 views since March!

Read Luke 2 from the bible and you will all know what Christmas is really all about.

Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Official Ships Crest of the Fast Attack Submarine MINNESOTA

  • Maroon and Gold represent the University of Minnesota
  • Blue in the anchor links represent the color in the Minnesota state flag
  • The 3 stars in the anchor links represent the three ships named MINNESOTA
  • The star in the helmet represents the North Star
  • The blue in the background in the state represents the lakes of Minnnesota
  • The Latin states 'From the North Star, Power' (or Strength)
  • The Walleye in the bow represents the state fish of Minnesota
  • The Viking represents the Scandinavian heritage of Minnesota, as well as a seafaring lineage
  • SSN 783 means 'Ship, Submersible, Nuclear' - hull number 783
The MINNESOTA will christen in November 2012, and commission in fall, 2013.