Sunday, April 2, 2017

US Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro and MORE

USCGC Munro Commissioning Ceremony

A fireboat salute was in order for the arrival, on March 29, of the newest U. S. Coast Guard cutter, the Munro. It was commissioned on April 1, 2017, at Smith Cove Terminal, Seattle, Washington.

Fireboat salute for arrival of USCGC Munro
in Elliott Bay, March 29th

Windy afternoon - Water, water, everywhere!
March 29th

New US Coast Guard Cutter Munro
Smith Cove Terminal
Seattle, Washington
Scheduled for Commissioning on April 1st
(Our photo)

Sixth Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard
Length: 418 ft (127 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Height: 140 ft (43 m)
Speed: 28+ knots
Range: 12,000 nm
(Our photo)

Cost: $487.1 M
Laid down: November 5, 2014
Launched: September 12, 2015
Christened: November 14, 2015
Acquired: December 16, 2016
Commissioned: April 1, 2017
(Our photo)
All dressed up for Commissioning.
Photo taken March 31, 2017, 1:52 PM
(Our Photo)

SeaWaves Magazine video of arrival, April 29th ( via YouTube)

Screen captures from web, photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford
at Defense Video Imagery Distribution System.

To see more cool photos of and about the Munro check out this link at DVIDS

Postcards for the Weekend #31

The theme for this week's Postcards for the Weekend is "odd, fun, humorous." From our collection, we're sharing a card issued over one hundred years ago by the Bell Telephone Company and titled "The Social Call by Bell Telephone." Phones were FUN before they were SMART! 😉

Earliest Social Media?

Back of the unused card.
Postage = One cent!

American Telephone & Telegraph Co
Bell System
Local and Long Distance Telephone!
Be sure to check out more Postcards for the Weekend  Thanks to Maria for hosting!


A couple of recent sky photos are below. The first one below includes a sun pillar if you look closely. If you are curious about sun pillars read more about them at Wikipedia.

March 25th  7:18 PM
Looking to the west.
These photos are taken from our location in Seattle, Washington.

March 26th  7:04 PM
Looking to the west ...
Bainbridge Island and Olympic Mountains in the distance

More Spring has Sprung (re our last post)

Cherry trees are in bloom!
March 31st  3:21 PM

Pink is in!
Thank you for stopping by John's Island and a happy April to you!

Closing thought ...
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.


  1. Very interesting about the commissioned ship, John. I love the old telephone postcard, too. Nice skies! :-)

  2. That cutter is cool...but you always get me with your sky watch

  3. Great looking ship that cutter and some superb post cards. Love the sunsets and blossom

  4. Hello, the coast guard ship is cool. I love the blossoms and pretty sky captures. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  5. You don't miss much. Now you include flowers. You had pomp and ceremony. then you had skies. enjoyable post.

  6. Oh,that is so true. Not everyone sees the beauty around us.I feel sorry for those who don't Love the pictures.You capture some beautiful sunsets and of course the flowers are wonderful. We will have to wait a little longer for flowers around here.Thanks for the comments you leave on my blog.It's comments like yours and some others that keep me posting.Have a great week.

  7. That postcard is a treasure! Thanks for sharing John and I wish you a nice week too!

  8. Fireboat salute is amazing. What a show to watch.
    Oh, those blooms. Spring is calling indeed. Pretty world we live in. :)

  9. It is great to see the beautiful flowers! We have green grass here, but not much else. I did see a farmer out plowing in his field today though.

    The ship is a beauty! I also enjoyed seeing the social media postcard; that is a good one!

    John, thank you so much for sending the autographed book on newspapers in the old west! Receiving it was quite the surprise, and I'm looking forward to looking through it--when I'm not busy getting my newspaper ready for printing!

    It may even give me some good ideas! I'm always looking for new ideas on what I should put in print. There's only so much in rural Butler County to cover! This is my sample week, which means this edition will go to every house in the county--not just our subscribers--so I am supposed to make this edition super good. Let me know if you think of anything that would make it extra special!


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