1442News from the USS Hornet Museum
- Apr 16, 2014
Have you visited the USS HORNET Museum lately?
Another floating treasure in our region.
The USS HORNET Museum is moored at Pier 3 in Alameda Point (707 W. Hornet Avenue) Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 521-8448 www.uss-hornet.org The USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to experience the legacy of naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $7-$16 for youths through adults. No admission fee for members, in accordance with the level of their museum membership. Parking is plentiful and free.
The Contra Costa Council had a successful event aboard. Do you think your council might be interested in a group visit? How about your family?
Much more about the Coast Guard Cutter 83525 online. The 1927 Cutter Morris (WSC 147) did not have such a fate; she remains in good hands with Sea Scouts Ship Neptune moored in West Sacramento.
Senior Vice President
Pacific Central Region
Living Ship Day Saturday April 19 - Doolittle Raid Eye Witness
Born in Chicago in 1922, Richard Nowatzki was a young seaman fresh out of boot camp when he was assigned to the USS Hornet CV8 before it was commissioned in October of 1941. His normal battle station was as a sight-setter on a 5-inch anti-aircraft gun at the aft end of the ship. During the Tokyo raid sortie, Nowatzki positioned himself right next to the flight deck and watched as the 16 B-25’s were launched on their one-way mission. He has many fond memories of the Army Air Corps fliers while they were enroute across the Pacific to the launch point of the Tokyo Raid. He remained part of the Hornet crew until she was sunk in combat in October 1942.
Beginning at 1 PM LCDR Nowatzki (Ret.) will share his memories of this historic event in the early, dark days of WWII. He will also cover his time onboard the USS Hornet CV8. Richard has written a compelling and enjoyable book about his naval career called, "A Navy Major's Memoirs of the Doolittle Raid". The book will be available for purchase and he will be available to autograph them.
Living Ship Day aboard the Hornet offers something for everyone. Visitors can meet former crew, sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet, enjoy the sights and sounds of naval aviation, and tour the many restored areas of the ship. Among the day’s highlights are a musical performance from the Hornet Big Band (11 AM) and WWII Era Military Displays and historical re-enactments. Another special guest will be on board Hornet from 11 AM to 2 PM handing out treats to our younger visitors. So when you see Buzz the Hornet mascot be sure to say hello.
Living Ship Day demonstrations are held on the third Saturday of most months. Normal museum hours and admission prices apply. Ample free parking is available across from the pier.
Next Living Ship Day - Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 26, 2014
There will a brief Memorial service with weaths committed to the sea.
Entertainment and a special speaker to be announced.
BBQ lunch will be available in addition to our usual wekend fare, and a local brewery will also be onboard.
by Maureen Bourbin
The propellers and rudders pictured here are from the historic U.S. Coast Guard Cutter 83525. The eighty-three foot cutter is the only one in Coast Guard history to host an official wartime surrender.
On September 4, 1945 2nd Lieutenant Kinichi Yamada of the Japanese Imperial Army surrendered Aguijan Island to Rear Admiral Marshall R. Greer of the United States Navy at 11:48 AM. The surrender of the island came two days after Japan surrendered on the USS Missouri.
The Coast Guard Station in Rio Vista, California donated the propeller and rudder to Hornet. After WWII 83525 was decommissioned. She was eventually sold into private ownership and changed hands several times before making her way to California to be abandoned in the Sacramento Delta. She was salvaged by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery in 2011 and given to the Coast Guard Station in Rio Vista to be erected as a monument. She languished in Rio Vista due to a lack of funds and was slated for the scrap yard. Because of the vessel’s historic significance the Coast Guard began looking for a home for all or part of 83525 and contacted Hornet. While the Cutter does not have a direct connection to Hornet, the Museum felt a responsibility as an historic ship to become the steward of a part of 83525 so she would not disappear completely from history. In 2013, Hornet accepted 83525’s propellers and rudders.
The founding of today’s Coast Guard began just fourteen years after America won her independence. On August 4, 1790 Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was authorized by Congress to create a maritime service, named the Revenue Service, to enforce custom laws. After undergoing several name changes President Woodrow Wilson signed The Act to Create the Coast Guard on January 28, 1915 combining law enforcement on the seas with lifesaving service. The Coast Guard reported to the Treasury Department until the United States declared war on Germany in 1917 and was transferred to the Navy Department. The Coast Guard transferred back to the Treasury Department in August 1919 two months after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. For the next several years, the Coast Guard went between the Treasury Department and the Navy, returning to the Treasury Department in 1946. In 1967, the Coast Guard was transferred to the Department of Transportation and in 2003 to the Department of Homeland Security who is the governing body today.
Did you, or someone you know, work in ASCAC? Just in case you don't know what that is (which should be about 99.9% of everyone reading this) the acronym stands for Anti-Submarine Classification and Analysis Center. The ASCAC is located on the 02 level (just below the flight deck) adjacent to the Combat Information Center (CIC). We are looking for people with knowledge or actual working experience in ASCAC to help us (by providing information) complete the restoration of that space. We want to build an informative exhibit and include it on a future new tour route. If you can help us please email the Ebuzz editor HERE.
Be sure to visit our web site calendar to keep up on all of our planned events. Click here to check it out right now!
Save the Date! July 26, 2014
The USS Hornet Museum celebrates the 45th anniversary of the recovery of Apollo 11 after its return to earth from the mission to land the first men on the moon. One of those men, Buzz Aldrin, will be here to speak about his experience and future manned missions.
Moored at Pier 3
in Alameda Point
(707 W. Hornet Avenue)
Alameda, CA 94501
The USS Hornet Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to experience the legacy of naval history, science, and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $7-$16 for youths through adults. No admission fee for members, in accordance with the level of their museum membership. Parking is plentiful and free.
USS Hornet Museum
707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3
P. O. Box 460
Alameda, California 94501
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