Ghost Ship Photos

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This is not too far from me, and I've DREAMED of doing what these guys did. Frickin' awesome. Can't believe they would have to sneak around like this just to document something that won't be around for much longer.
 
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Interesting story... You would think that all the ships would have been completely decommissioned by now and all the security there would be only to stop and protect people from injuries by going aboard these decaying vessels...
 
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Very interesting.

When I was stationed at NS Newport I always wanted to go aboard the Forrestal and Saratoga; a lot of history on those two ships as well.
 
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I can't believe they were standing next to Sea Shadow and didn't board her?!

After reading the account of their "sorties", it sounds like they posted so much detail to ensure that security would be exponentially beefed up so no one else would have the same incredible opportunity. They're selling prints on the site, and that strategy would keep them unique. I'd bet money you couldn't get near the area now, much less actually board any of the vessels. It's a real shame.
 
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I attended a slideshow talk that Jonathan Haebner, Scott Haeffner and
Stephen Frakes put on back in May in San Francisco.

It was a fascinating show. These guys have a real curiosity about
the history of abandoned places and a bold sense of adventure.

They weren't able to board the Sea Shadow, that was one ship that
was locked down tight.

It was under a canopy so it was hidden from aerial view. They
mentioned the canopy was used during a mission in the 60's to
recover a sunken Soviet submarine.

I had a chance to speak briefly with Jon and Scott and they are
regular nice guys, level headed but their quest for knowledge
and adventure makes them really bold.

Jon has an interesting website, called Terrastories. There are some
great stories and photos.

Check out their adventures at Michael Jackson's Neverland.

Also their visit to Vandenberg AFB, in Lompoc CA.

Alvin
 
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I can't believe they were standing next to Sea Shadow and didn't board her?!

After reading the account of their "sorties", it sounds like they posted so much detail to ensure that security would be exponentially beefed up so no one else would have the same incredible opportunity. They're selling prints on the site, and that strategy would keep them unique. I'd bet money you couldn't get near the area now, much less actually board any of the vessels. It's a real shame.
The ships are being scrapped right now. Some ships are being sent
to Texas for scapping, others are being done at Mare Island, in nearby
Vallejo, CA.

Some of the ships that they boarded are no longer around from what
they mentioned in their talk in May.

Alvin
 
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Nice pictures ... but ...

Although I have no personal knowledge of the ships they visited, I do have a lot of knowledge about their unauthorized visits to Vandenberg AFB. (See the link in Alvin's previous post.).

This kind of foray is nothing less than stupid, as well as being totally illegal. The facilities they mentioned are not "public" in any way and are basically left alone for years. Some hazardous materials have been removed, but many have not. So there's great physical danger involved in climbing around these facilities. In addition to those kinds of dangers, the security police forces that patrol the areas have a very short fuse, especially in a post 9-11 environment. These areas are all posted "Off Limits: Use of Deadly Force Authorized." And finally, some facilities remain inside the designated hazard areas for currently active launch facilities. The area of North Vandenberg they mention is still used for unarmed Minuteman III launches. Nosing around an abandoned facility when a MMIII takes off nearby would clearly be life threatening. All of these point to this kind of "adventure" being very ill advised!!

However, if these folks have a thoroughly researched plan for what they are doing, a legitimate sponsor (such as a magazine or newspaper), and are willing to work through proper channels, it's quite possible for them to get permission to do this kind of photography both legally and safely. For example, if Joe McNally and National Geographic asked permission, I'm sure they would be allowed to roam around the entire complex complete with a escort to monitor their safety. (I know, I did this on several occasions -- one time was using an old Atlas facility for an exterior shot for the "Six Million Dollar Man" TV show!!)

I'd love to look at these old facilities myself, but I would only do so with permission and with safety in mind.

Cheers!!

Ken
 
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