Sunday, April 27, 2014

Shots across the bow

Points for the PG running a long form history of the (various) USS Pennsylvania's.  Brings to mind something someone once wrote on the equally illustrious USS Pittsburgh vs. Typhoon Viper and the sidebar on the SS McKeesport. (sunk 71 years ago Tuesday in the North Atlantic during a convoy during WWII, btw)

The only thing missing (IMHO) from the piece today is any mention of the bow of the USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4), later renamed the USS Pittsburgh, which was loaned to Carnegie Tech and displayed on campus in a display designed by Henry Hornbostel. That display is gone, but a replica of the prow and neomodern bow is built into the design of Roberts Hall on the CMU campus. The original bow has been moved over to Soldiers and Sailors Hall, but I thought there was a plan for a new display of it on the front lawn there. Not sure the status of that. Anyone?

But I can't find any photos of the original display of the USS Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh bow as it stood on the Carnegie Tech/CMU campus?  Anyone know who has any such photo?


That piece probably displaces the thought I had to write something similar on the Navy's first iron-hulled warship, the USS Michigan, built right here in Pittsburgh before being disassembled for shipment to the Great Lakes, and remained on watch for a remarkable 70 years.  Pittsburgh workmanship for sure, aided by service in fresh water.

2 Comments:

Blogger JRoth said...

Somewhere in someone's drawer is a picture of me as a freshman lounging on the old prow. CMU promotional materials from the late '80s always showed it. Are those archived somewhere?

Monday, April 28, 2014 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jennie B. said...

Check the CMU archives--there should be a photo or two there showing the configuration. Plus more info on it if you need that. The University Archives are on the 2nd floor of Hillman Library. Open M-F. Best to call ahead to make sure their schedule fits yours.

Monday, May 12, 2014 10:38:00 AM  

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