USS LST 393 is one of the last two Landing Ship Tanks of the 1,051 built during World War II. Built in 1942, USS LST 393 was involved in the invasions of Sicily, Italy and D-Day in France.
The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum and tours of the ship are in their eighth year of operation and are open seven days a week during the summer season. For all the details, check out the website at http://www.lst393.org/. The ship is at Mart Dock, on the Muskegon Lake waterfront, just off Shoreline Drive in the heart of downtown Muskegon.
|Wayne at the ships museum entrance|
|Entry to the USS Silversides Submarine Museum|
The device in the photo below is a Hedgehog, one of just a handful on display in the whole world. It is an "anti-submarine" weapon. The Hedgehog was first developed by the British Royal Navy and was improved upon by the US Navy. This weapon caused much more damage to submarines (a 25% damage rate) than the old "depth charges" that had a damage rate of just 7%.
|Hedgehog. All 24 mortars fire at once, forming a circle 100 feet across, landing 750 feet ahead of the surface ship.|
|This particular rescue chamber was built in 1957 for $1 million. It was never used.|
But the USS Silversides is the main attraction. Commissioned just a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Silversides completed 14 combat war patrols in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Silversides is officially credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships (the third highest total for any U.S. Navy Submarine) for an approximate tonnage of 90,080. Silversides received four Presidential Unit Citations and 12 Battle Stars for her wartime service.
|Portions of the 1943 film Destination Tokyo were actually inspired by the real-life events |
which occurred aboard the USS Silversides during the war.
|Wayne read that the USS Silversides is considered the U.S. Navy’s most successful surviving World War II submarine.|
Leaving the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, we drove along the 2.5 mile sandy Pere Marquette Beach and saw the lighthouse by the same name.
|Pere Marquette Lighthouse.|
|Pere Marquette Beach|
|View of White Lake and Montague coming from Whitehall.|
|Campground entrance. |
The world's largest working weathervane in the background.
Tomorrow morning, we'll be "shipping out" -- leaving this pleasant lakefront town and campground. I managed to miss fresh asparagus at the local farmers market on both Wednesday and Saturday. Drat. Maybe the next stop.