A somber ending to a wonderful week
02.14.2009 75 °F
After enjoying one more breakfast on the cruise ship, we disembarked, and began our final excursion of the week. This one was to an historic location - Pearl Harbor, and the memorial to the USS Arizona, which lost 1100 men in 9 minutes on December 7, 1941. All of you know the story, so I'll just post the pictures and let them speak for themselves.
The Arizona had about 1 million gallons of fuel oil on board when it was bombed, and it continues to leak about 1-2 quarts a day even now. Experts worry about what will happen when seawater finally corrodes the fuel tanks to such an extent that the remaining oil will be released, creating a serious environmental problem. The sheen from the fuel oil on the water is clearly visible. Moored nearby is the "Mighty Mo", the battleship Missouri, which has its own claim to history - on its decks Japan surrendered in Tokyo Bay to end World War Two.
During the visit I couldn't help but think of my uncle Joe Houdek, who was killed in 1944 in the South Pacific when his ship was torpedoed by the Japanese.
After the tour, we checked our bags at the airport, then took a shuttle downtown. We found a neat shopping center by Honolulu Harbor, a brew pub with terrific views. It also has free internet, so I'm sitting at a table with my laptop, posting this, as Cindy shops.
Next stop - IOWA!