|The Bremerton Waterfront
with John Smiley and the Mountaineers Photography Group
October 10, 2009
Bremerton is a small city in Kitsap County, Washington. Bremerton is home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Bremerton
Annex of Naval Base Kitsap. Bremerton is connected to downtown Seattle by a 55-minute car and passenger ferry ride..
We arrived at the Bremerton Ferry Termnal at 8:45 a.m., but the Mountaineer photo group was not on the ferry. Checking my
printout I realized the group was coming over on the next ferry arriving at 9:45 a.m. And I got Jackie up at 5:30 a.m. for a prompt
As we sat and waited for the group to arrive, we noticed a mini Washington state ferry. A passerby explained to us that this is
the passenger "foot ferry" from Port Orchard..
Eventually the ferry came into view with John and the five other photographers.
Clearly, the Washington State Ferry system has seen better days.
The photo outing started out in the park next to the ferry terminal. The group was disappointed by the dark cloudy day.
Ironically, when we got back to Port Angeles, it was all sunshine. The fountains did not seem like the first attraction for most of
the group. Rather, they were keenly interested in the rocks and plants.
While we waited for the ferry, we went down to the little park next to the ferry terminal where we were supposed to meet the rest
of the group. There is a really cool set of five fountains in the park which are synchronized in a very unpredictable way.
Maybe we didn't have a tripod like the rest, but we could pretend to be camera sophisticates and take pictures of the rocks and
sculptures like the pros.!
We followed the group with fascination watching and learning from the pros. Soon, we came to another set of rocks and
From the fountains we walked to the water front on our way to the Turner Joy.
The destroyer Turner Joy was built by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company of Seattle and commissioned at Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. She was launched on 5 May 1958 and decommissioned in 1982. The Turner
Joy is most famous for having been involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which led to the passage of the Tonkin Resolution,
the legal foundation for the US to become fully engaged in the Vietnam war.
What makes a visit to the Turner Joy worthwhile is that most of the ship is open for a guided tour including the engine room and
The Mountaineer group departed at 12:30 to catch the return ferry to Seattle. Time ran out and we had not seen the Bremerton
Naval Museum, something we will do another time.
A great day. A fun place. Thanks John and the rest of the group. We had a great time and learned a lot watching you.