USS Yorktown (CV-10) – Engine Room Dials

Decommissioned in 1970, the USS Yorktown started service in World War II and is now the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Way down in the ship an amazing array of dials that monitored and controlled a complex and massive engine system.

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The Yorktown from the Mount Pleasant Pier. Learn more about the Yorktown.

Marsh Variety

On a return trip to the Audubon Garden at Magnolia Plantation I was able to focus more on the non-heron activity. Their nesting activity was still amazing to watch, but these birds also caught my eye.


A number of Blue-winged Teals were zipping about, mostly ignoring the Red-Shouldered Hawks watching from the trees.


This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was one of a variety of elusive small birds darting through the thick underbrush.


On this visit the only Woodpecker I saw was this Red-bellied, nicely offset by the Spanish Moss.


Turkey Vulture at the River

I startled this vulture as he was feeding on a dead fish washed up at a boat landing on the Wando River. This, of course, startled me. Vultures are abundant near Charleston, SC, but this is the first one I’ve seen with his toes in the water.


Similar to the Black Vultures, the Turkey Vulture is elegant in flight.


He swooped up to a nearby dock waiting for me to move on.