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USS Laffey DD-724
 
Sumner Class Destroyer
Museum ship at Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant SC
 
An album of photos seen from the eye of a former Sumner-class DD Radioman
 
( She’s not exactly USS Waldron DD-699 but close enough to be spooky )
 
 
 DD 724
 
 
 DD 724  DD 724
 
 
 
Doorway from torpedo deck
Door from torpedo deck
forward to passageway to Main Radio
 
Passageway outside Main Radio
Passageway outside Main Radio
with transmitter room door to port
 
 
Main Radio through locked door
Main Radio through locked door
(Model 28 Teletype KSR in center of photo)
 
Ladder up to the bridge
Ladder up to the bridge
from passageway outside Main Radio
 
 
Radio antenna base
Radio antenna base
just aft of door to bridge
 
Radio antenna atop forward gun mount
Radio antenna atop forward gun mount
seen from flying bridge
 
 
Torpedo deck
Torpedo deck
seen from above
 
Boat on davits
Boat on davits
just aft of torpedo deck
 
 
Starboard side of torpedo deck
Starboard side of torpedo deck
 
 
Torpedo deck from below
Torpedo deck from below
 
 
 
Doorway to E-Radio
Doorway to E-Radio
 
 
Hatch to aft berthing
Hatch and ladder at fantail
down to aft berthing compartment
 
 
Aft passageway
Passageway at ship’s store/barber shop
with hatch down to aft berthing
 
Hatch to aft berthing
Close-up of hatch
down to aft berthing compartment
 
 
Passageway forward
Passageway forward
past aft crew’s head
 
Aft crew’s head
Aft crew’s head
through locked door
 
Note:   Captions on the photos identify spaces as I recall them being on USS Waldron DD-699 and may or may not be accurate for USS Laffey DD-724.  While there are differences,  the two Sumner-class "tin cans" were so similar that it is difficult for me to remember when I’m aboard Laffey or reviewing photos of her that it’s not the Waldron.   This visit,  at least,  I’d finally gotten past the irrational fear that I wouldn’t be granted permission to go ashore!   :o)
 
Carl W. Cole RM3 (briefly) USS Waldron DD-699 1968-69
 
 
(These web site images are all very low-res versions.  They don’t do justice to the Uzi but the resulting bandwidth and disk usage are modest.)
 
Copyright 2004, 2005 Carl W. Cole
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. ~ Chinese proverb