Passage to Marina del Ray

After a pleasant stay we departed Alamitos and headed north. First stop was Los Angeles to bunker.

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Heading up the channel past the US Coast Guard base. Ahead of us a battleship museum. I have seen the ‘USS Texas’ in Houston, TX, the ‘USS New Jersey’ in Camden, NJ and in Los Angeles, Ca, it is the ‘USS Iowa’?

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After bunkering we headed back out past this old Liberty ship.

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All the buoys we passed were happily claimed

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The obligatory lighthouse at the end on the port breakwater.

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Approaching Marina Del Ray, it is huge with over 7000 berths with a ferry that runs round them.

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Passing Fishermans Wharf on the way in, the obligatory lighthouse.

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Kapowai berthed, the tent behind us was for a performance of Madame Butterfly so we had a free dress rehearsal and the main performance as well.

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Longbeach

We had a ferry trip to Longbeach, nice little cruise up the coast. I really like these islands, all done up to look nice but actually an oil producing base. The tower is the drilling derrick carefully disguised. There is also a couple of other derricks. There was three of these plus more normal platforms.

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One of the highlights is the Queen Mary, now a hotel.

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She looked in good shape from a distance but not so good close up. There is a Russian submarine in the same dock.

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As passengers would have seen her.

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As she looked on┬áher maiden voyage. After much discussion we decided not to go on board, mostly as the hotel would have changed her inside. I later read an article on her that confirmed our decision saying she wasn’t that nice inside. Better to remember how she was.

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Longbeach from seaward.

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The hills behind

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And a lighthouse in the middle of the harbour

 

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Downtown Los Angeles

After Venice Beach we had a quick trip to downtown. As it was Sunday town was a bit quiet.

Angel’s Flight cable cars, not working on Sunday. Opposite was an excellent food market where we had lunch, with craft ales.

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The civic centre, nicely labelled by our Photographer. There is a lot of memorials to the Police and Firefighters.

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The entrance to China Town

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Famous Route 66 goes through China Town – trivia question of the week.

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I would like to have gone back on a week day but time did not permit.