USS Alabama

USS Alabama

Another day of sightseeing for us today with a trip to see USS Alabama on our agenda.  We arrived there before noon and spent an enjoyable three hours exploring all the site had to offer.  Of course, the star attraction is the battleship USS Alabama but there is also the submarine USS Drum and dozens of aircraft on static display.  We left Teddy in the car for a couple of hours with the windows cracked and the sun screen across the windshield but it was a cool and cloudy day so we could have probably done without it.  Chris and I walked the entire ship both topside and the inside tours too.  I grabbed the above shot using my 70-200 mm zoom from a position on a walking pier to the east of the ship.  This shot is a compilation of nine shots in total.  Three shots each of the bow, midships and aft sections in HDR (-2, 0, +2 EV) and stitched together as a panorama in Photoshop CS5.  I think it turned out pretty good.

P-51 Mustang

Following our tour of the ship, Chris went back to the car to walk Teddy while I toured the submarine and also the aircraft on display.  It was pretty impressive.  I’m posting a few more photos here today and will post others in the coming days as I get them processed.  Teddy and I wandered around outside chasing the geese while Chris took her turn to tour the submarine.  Boy was it small and confining inside the submarine.  Even the battleship was small and to think some of the engine crew would never see daylight for days or weeks at a time.  No thank you very much!

F-15A Eagle

We headed for Lambert’s Cafe in Foley for a late lunch.  Home of the “Throwed Rolls”.  What an experience that was!  Chris had chicken tenders and I tried a three dish combo featuring hog jowls, pork steak and chicken gizzards.  Servers also came by regularly with “pass a rounds” such as fried potatoes, macaroni and tomatoes, fried okra, apple sauce and other southern delicacies.  The best entertainment though was the young fellow serving up the hot rolls.  People would put their hands up and he’d throw rolls to everyone who wanted one.  He never missed hitting his mark either, although some customers couldn’t hang on to their “Throwed Roll”.  It was great fun!  We each had so much food we had to take half of it home with us too.

F-4C Phantom

USS Drum Rear Torpedo Room


  1. JC January 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    We toured both ships in the spring of 2009 and they both make it very clear why there are no fat old men in the Navy.


  2. Erin January 22, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Great shot … or should I say shots … of the Alabama with the moody clouds as the background.