U.S.S. Maryland Bell At Annapolis - Annapolis, MD

Vincent Frank

Tacoma, United States

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Getting out before the heat kicks in today (17 July 2012) I walked around the State Capital Building.

From wikipedia:

USS Maryland (BB-46), also known as “Old Mary” or “Fighting Mary” to her crewmates, was a Colorado-class battleship during World War II. She was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the seventh state. She was commissioned in 1920 and, serving as the flagship of the fleet, cruised to Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

She is most notable for her service in World War II. She was present on Battleship Row during the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and was lightly damaged by Japanese torpedoes. Returning to duty in 1942, she saw service in the Pacific War, first supporting the rest of the fleet at the Battle of Midway, and then patrolling the Fiji Islands to guard against Japanese incursion. Next, she went on the offensive, commencing shore bombardments in the Battle of Tarawa and later in the Battle of Kwajalein. During the Battle of Saipan she took torpedo damage to her bow, necessitating repairs and refits. She then participated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf where she was hit by a kamikaze. She took another kamikaze hit at the Battle of Okinawa, and was in for repairs at the end of WWII.

After service in Operation Magic Carpet, she was decommissioned in 1947 and sold for scrap. She received seven battle stars for WWII service.

On 2 June 1961, Governor of Maryland J. Millard Tawes, dedicated a monument to the memory of Maryland and her men. Built of granite and bronze and incorporating the bell of “Fighting Mary”, this monument is located on the grounds of the State House in Annapolis, Maryland.

Nikon D700
16mm (cropped) 1/90 f/16 ISO 100
Post Production LR3 and NX2

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