Images from the Crypt
morphed into the present over New Year's weekend 2010, as I
reviewed contact sheets from my days on the USS HERMITAGE
(LSD-34) almost four decades ago. My photographic
sensitivities have changed. As I went over the old contact
sheets, I realized that I had missed pictures showing
teamwork and action.
In two glorious nights in the darkroom, the past became the
present. Some negatives were slightly damaged. Some
negatives had been overexposed. Black and white film
In late winter or early spring 1972, the HERMITAGE engaged
in a highline exercise with another ship. A line is fired
from the HERMITAGE and a chair is transfered to the other
The images were taken in Barranquila, Colombia around 1971.
Jerry Mink balances a swab when the HERMITAGE was docked at
homeport in Little Creek, Virginia. A ship on the horizon
in Chesapeake Bay. To the right is another ship. Note the
helocopter landing pad.
This picture was taken on a Caribbean cruise. I wonder what
they were staring at.
See my USS HERMITAGE website.