Images from the Crypt

The past morphed into the present over New Year's weekend 2010, as I reviewed contact sheets from my days on the USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) almost four decades ago. My photographic sensitivities have changed. As I went over the old contact sheets, I realized that I had missed pictures showing teamwork and action.

In two glorious nights in the darkroom, the past became the present. Some negatives were slightly damaged. Some negatives had been overexposed. Black and white film photography forevermore.


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In late winter or early spring 1972, the HERMITAGE engaged in a highline exercise with another ship. A line is fired from the HERMITAGE and a chair is transferred to the other ship.

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The images were taken in Barranquila, Colombia around 1971.

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Jerry Mink balances a swab when the HERMITAGE was docked at homeport in Little Creek, Virginia. A ship on the horizon in Chesapeake Bay. To the right is another ship. Note the helocopter landing pad.

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This picture was taken on a Caribbean cruise. I wonder what they were staring at.

See my USS HERMITAGE website.