Then, "...take a bunch of pictures and Post them on your blog". So, feeling a huge and responsible commitment, I acquiesced and made the trip to the west of Minneapolis to carry out my duty. There are a LOT of images here, though if you enjoy the content, not TOO many. Now you've been warned!
I know almost nothing about most of the items shown......I know people that DO however so if you see something you have a question about......
Some great background here.
If you care in the least about the subject matter, I'd strongly encourage you to look at these images full size on a large screen. That might go at least a little ways towards making up for my poor photography.
My brother and I, with our parents, toured the USS Missouri while she was in Bremerton, Washington. I can still remember the massive 16" guns on deck. From Wikipedia..... Missouri's main battery consisted of nine 16 in (406 mm)/50 cal Mark 7 guns, which could fire 2,700 lb (1,200 kg) armor-piercing shells some 20 mi (32.2 km).
I don't remember these at all!