Friday, June 16, 2023

Bremerton, Washington

Bremerton is located directly west of Seattle across the Puget Sound.  The largest city on the Kitsap Peninsula, Bremerton is home to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the Pacific Northwest's largest Naval shore facility employing over 14,000 people providing maintenance, modernization, and logistics and technical support.

Arriving in Bremerton, the view across the water is spectacular.  There are statues and sculptures depicting the Bremerton's history and car/truck and ferry service to Seattle near wharfs with retired Navy ships for self-guided touring.

View across the bay

Ferry service

Destroyer self-guided tours

Naval shipyard and Navy museum

Naval art

Standing inbetween the entrances to the Naval Shipyard and the Puget Sound Navy Museum is the sail of nuclear-powered submarine USS Parche, the navy's most decorated ship for its operations from 1976 to 2004.

USS Parche

On the other side of the entrance to the Naval Shipyard, water sculptures sit at the end of a park with pictures of the Naval Shipyard operations during the war and the totals of ships built and repaired at the site.



Ships built and repaired

One statue honors Esther Bielmeier, a rivit heater during the war.  Her job was to heat the rivits and toss them to catchers who delivered them to the riviters building the ships.

Esther Bielmeier

Walking back to the sound, we see the cherry trees in full bloom and more sculpture and art decorating the streets.

Cherry trees

Whimsical art on the street

Bremerton is a charming town, with a definite Navy identity, and 1/2 hour (fast ferry) or 1 hour (auto/truck ferry) away from Seattle.

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