This past Tuesday was an absolutely gorgeous day so I decided to ditch the many chores I still have to do around the house and drove down to New London, a former whaling mecca located just south of Norwich and across the Thames River from Groton.
This picture is of Groton and Fort Griswold, a place I've written about in the past, and site of a famous Connecticut Revolutionary War battle involving our own infamous Benedict Arnold.
Benedict Arnold never was at Fort Griswold, though, as he stayed across the Thames in the area of Fort Trumbull, which is on the New London side. This shot was taken from the end of the state fishing pier which juts out into the Thames River from Fort Trumbull State Park. It's a great place to go to try to take pictures of boats that may be traversing the Thames either coming in from or heading out to the Long Island Sound.
With the United States Coast Guard Academy located in New London as well as a Coast Guard station right next to Fort Trumbull, it's pretty easy to catch USCG boats. In the background you can see one of the nuclear submarines that is being built at General Dynamics Electric Boat. EB is responsible for a lot of employment in our area and that includes my son & his wife as well as my brother & his wife - all of whom work in design in one way, shape, or form.
This is the USCG Barque Eagle, a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. Built in 1936 initially as a training vessel for the German Navy, she is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American government service. I'll need to do some more research on her as well as get back to New London some day when the Coast Guard is offering tours - which they do from time to time.
The figurehead of The Eagle is - appropriately enough - an eagle!
The Eagle will be leaving port in New London on April 20th and begin a training cruise that will include Europe, Bermuda, and the Atlantic Coast of North America which includes Canada. She won't be back until August 14th but will no doubt return with a well-seasoned crew of Coast Guard cadets ready to take their places on active duty.
In addition to taking pictures along the Thames, I wanted to try my hand at some railroad photography - especially moving trains - to see how well I did. This one above is my favorite of the group that I took and is one of the many Acela trains that pass through New London. This particular train was heading south.
One of the guys I work with in dispatch would love to have this fella's job as he loves all things train-related. Actually, being a conductor would probably be a pretty cool job especially if you were lucky enough to get one of the cross-country routes. This particular conductor was heading up to Boston.
Another Acela train heading south to New York and points beyond.
I like the way that the lamps are reflected in the train car's windows in this picture so even though it might be an otherwise boring picture, I decided to include it!
Finally, my afternoon in New London the other day was pretty much for the birds as there were seagulls everywhere! Of course what else does one expect that close to the open sea?!
So there you have it, a few of my 261 pictures that I took on a gorgeous Tuesday afternoon as March came to a close. I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. Let me know if you think I need more practice, though, as I'll be happy to go back down and try it again as not only did I have a good time snapping pictures but I got a lot of exercise and even had a little extra energy (no diet pills required!).