I’ve spent the week down here in Annapolis, MD, and my, what a week it’s been! Racing sail boats, touring the UK Sailmakers sail loft, and trecking across the historic United States Naval Academy. My poor iPhone has had quite the work out (and still going strong). One of the trip’s highlights was pulling my great-grandafther’s file at the Naval Academy, Commander Charles Talley Blackburn, commanding officer of the USS Beale, and awarded the Navy Cross by the President for getting the first German U-Boat to surrender during WWI. It was quite moving to touch his signature on many of the documents they had on file. The photo above is from the Naval Academy’s historic shipyard model collection. Bon voyage! ch:


Nathan Petrie · 31 Jul ’09 at 11:12 pm

Sounds like that would have been really moving! I can’t imagine doing something like that!
You had one awesome great-granddad man!

Take care! Still praying!

-Nathan R. Petrie

Ryan Paige Howard · 1 Aug ’09 at 2:49 pm

Wow… that is beautiful! It’s awesome to know about your family history, especially when it’s so cool. It’s a shame on how we forget it. I can only go back to one of my great, great grandfathers and all I know about him is his name.
Thanks for sharing,

mooney · 4 Aug ’09 at 9:23 am

now THAT’S talent. Man, that must have taken forever to build. I wonder how intricate the inside is.

Mandee · 9 Aug ’09 at 1:16 am

So cool! Great shot.

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