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I remember my time in Hong Kong and I was looking at my old Cruise Books and I thought, Man! They look so young, and when I looked in the mirror I discovered I was getting older and those photos? Well, made me feel really old. and I thought times change and so too the places we once went to so I wanted to show you all what has changed since we were there last.
If you like this Discussion, I would like to pick a different location every week and present a tourist presenttion of various spots around the planet. So let me know what you thought of this
A TOURING HONG KONG
This presentation includes:
3). Travel Videos
4). JUMBO Floating Restauraunt
5). Hong Kong Disneyland
4) Cultural Food Video
I really loved eating at this place, was wondering what you thought of the food
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS PRESENTATION
Nicely put together. I was in Hong Kong the spring of 1988, remember buying this giant Garfield stuffed animal at 7th Fleet - that thing cost me a hundred bucks.
I have several ports that were memorable - Brisbane and Hobart, Tasmania - mainly because American ships were usually on the other side of the continent in Perth. So we were a unique item in those ports. We were selected to represent the United States at the Battle of ther Coral Sea celebration. There are definite advantages to being haze grey and underway on nuclear power!
The most unique port for this down under cruise was Tonga, an island kingdow with a king and queen and people still living in grass huts (at least when I was there in 1982). Now it looks like they have tourist based economy, and it seems there is more than one island. And of course our last port was Wellington, New Zealand a very friendly city and home to the best draft beer I ever had Lion Brown. We met some ladies that worked for a company named Cable Price, every Wednesday after work they would break out the food and booze and have an office party! Talk about "bennies."
I'm hoping to go back there again, I loved Hong Kong, and Singapore which I will be working on next. Glad you liked it. I thought I would do a different location each week so that some time in the future, we'll hit the places people like most on WestPac.
Wanted to go to New Zealand, never got there ...yet... Some day maybe. But I did get to Freemantle, Australia and boy i sure loved that port of call.
You will love Wellington, I am sure that our hangout is no longer there - the 1860's. When we were there it was a old wooden two or three story building. The food was fantastic and the bar service was wonderful! If it still exists it has been rebuilt.
As I recall Freemantle was next door to Perth.
I did three West Pacs and the 86 West Pac turned into a Med Cruise. The 86 West Pac was when the three nukes (Enterprise, Truxtun and Arkansaw) served under all four fleets! It was amazing that Kadafi had his line of death and when a nuke carrier and two nuke cruises came through the "ditch" and into the Med - we never heard anything more!
I see you have been to a number opf ports I have not been to. Want to do a discussion on Kuala Lumpur, Yes I have been to Perf, wonderful place and even been on an African Safari in Kenya which was a highlight for me. Lots of Great memories.
I miss the sea.... (Sometimes) But it's better now to have home cooked meals at home. hahah
kong sure has chan ged since my last over there in64, did like the wat you put it together.dennis witham
Glad you enjoyed it Dennis. I will be including different places around the world just as I did with this one.
Jerry Honk Kong was great and a lot of other westpack port were good but my best duty and trip was the Uss Burton Agb-1 this was a Navy icebreraker. In 1963 we deployed to the Antartic for a 6 month trip. our headqueaters was Christchurch New Zealand whick is a great port to visit. We broke 65 miles of ice to get to the base Mc Merdo. I don't think there too many vets out there that has done this. see pictures at the end of my page.
Lucky you! I tried to get there so I could choose any place for Shore Duty... I wanted Hawaii so bad, but was always glad when it was our first stop from San Diego and on the way back. Loved the Marshall Islands, although not much of anything there but beach, and a bowling alley and a few other things but if you love fishing, That's the place to be.
I loved Guam, I spent a lot of time at the christian Servicemen's Center, but did get to see the History around the Island. Went on an African Safari in Kenya also and brought back a lot of wood carvings from that area, Australia was Wonderful, and always loved Singapore.
There are days I miss the traveling.
I was stationed on the USS McKean DDR-784 in 1960 and we were Station Ship Hong Kong for a month handling communications
for the Us presense there. Trips on a Mike boat to the shore for Liberty each day. We had been a part in sending a few guys
for SP training there about a month before going. Most went well except one out of our squadron turned up missing and another
sailor was found about a month or so later in Civies drugged and passed out in a gutter on a back street. The other SP was
never found as far as I know. We were told to stay away from Kawloon as it was a commie nest over there. Didn't see much
of Hong Kong ,as we stayed pretty close to the harbor and didn't stray very much. I loved your new pictures and would love
to visit again
Hi Gene, Ya I spent a lot of time in Kawloon, and at the China Sea Bowling alley when the British was still there, Went on a tour when I was on the USS Constellation, to the Chinese Border, enjoyed my time there and my House still looks like Pier One Imports... hahahah Lots of stuff from all over the World.
Miss Shark Fin Soup.... MMMmmm Gusess I'll have to fly over for lunch hahahaha Ya... Right!
What no Tiger Balm gardens, or are they still there?
my last time there was the summer of 62 on the old Coral Sea, it's changed a lot
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