The USS Inaugural Exposed

World War II warship surfaces

USS Inaugural (AM-242) was an Admirable-class fleet minesweeper. The Admirable class was the largest and one of the most successful classes of U.S. minesweepers ordered during World War II. Inaugural was launched on 1 October 1944, and was commissioned on 30 December, with Lieutenant John H. Pace USNR in command.

The ship was decommissioned in 1946 and set up as a museum ship in St. Louis, Missouri in 1968. In the flood of 1993, Inaugural was ripped from her mooring and grounded a mile downstream.  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Inaugural_(AM-242)

Currently the Inaugural is still sitting on the Missouri side of the Mississippi a few blocks south of Chouteau.  There is a break in the flood wall that you can walk through and view it from above, or scale down the steep bank to get a closer look.  Since the river is currently at record lows the boat is completely out of the water.  It has become a popular subject for photographers and graffiti artists.

Fellow photographer and friend, William Stage and I visited the site last Friday (Dec 14) to try our hand at photographing the boat.  We ran into another photographer, "Mike the Eye" who was also there to do the same.  You can see his pictures of the boat on his public journal:  http://miketheeye.tumblr.com

We conversed a bit, exchanged contact info, and got down to business photographing.

Here are a few of my personal favorites from that day.

Happy Trails

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Camille Blase Smallwood December 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Your vision and perspective never cease to amaze me... thank you for sharing your world! :)
Cheri M. December 18, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Great pictures, Ferd! My kids had so much fun visiting the Inaugural when they were little. Sad to see it like it is, but it brings back good memories.
Janiece Senn December 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
You are the master in finding beauty in decay. It's a simple fact of life that all things are temporary. It's hard sometimes to watch it but we all need to find beauty in the processes of letting go. It can somtimes be held off but in the end everything will fall into the circle of life.
Hunter Mann December 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Nice to see your new blog site Ferd! As always, I am very impressed with your good eye for photography. Your images really stand out in the current sea-of-digital-image-capturing that people are doing. Most of that stuff is not really photography, yours is. I look forward to 2013 and the upcoming photographs that your eye and lens share with us. high five, Hunter... filmworker(real cinematography) since 1981
Ferd December 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
All of you humble me with your comments.. Thank you so much


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