Annapolis Reunion Report
With all the i's dotted, and the t's crossed, plans for the Annapolis reunion have fallen nicely into place, and as your host, I predict that you will have a wonderful time! Transportation around the city is a breeze, and couldn't be easier, since the Circulator Trolley stops right across the street from the hotel. The city of Annapolis lives up to its name as the "Athens of America" you can sightsee to your heart's content - as it will delight you with its wide range of tours, restaurants, shops, historical museums and more. Also planned: a late afternoon boat tour of the harbor, and a tour of the Naval Academy on Thursday. Registering early for reunion helps us in the final planning stages. The reunion reservation form is on the Reunion 2017 page and our Treasurer, James Rapson has assured me that once again, he will take deposits and payments. Everything you need to make your hotel reservation is also on the reunion page. Please make them early! All in all, we are shipshape and ready to sail! - Dick
Want to learn about "Tin Cans"?
We are proud members of an elite group of veterans. All of us have served on those fighting ships called "tin cans". They're called "tin cans" because of their thin skinned hulls. Built very quickly during World War II (and earlier), these ship were designed to be fast and deadly to the enemy. Equipped with many guns and torpedoes, the destroyer was to "go in harms way". They were expendable. Many were sunk or damaged with much loss of life. Our pride is in one of those "cans" called the USS Fiske. It began its life as a destroyer (DD), later became a radar picket destroyer (DDR), and then returned to the DD classification. She ended her career with the Turkish navy in the 90's. To learn more about our ship, click the Ship's History button you see off to port.
A closer look at a "Tin Can"...
The Fiske, DD842, and J. P. Kennedy, DD850 were built from almost the same plans. While our sister-ship survived, the Fiske did not. The Kennedy is currently at Battleship Cove, MA serving as a museum ship. A crew of volunteers are rebuiling her to the original configuration she, and the Fiske, had while serving together. We've gathered pictures from the Kennedy that just as easily could have been taken of the Fiske.
Click the picture to visit the
Fiske/Kennedy Pictures page. The Kennedy has a very extensive web site and there are many picturers
available of the JPK from the laying of its keel to present day.
Here is the link that will take you to this site: