USS McCain at Station Pier

The USS John S McCain (naval destroyer) has arrived at Station Pier in Port Melbourne with around 300 naval crew. I read in the papers they will be staying in Melbourne for the coming week, enjoying the sights and leisure activities around town. Some of the crew will be staying in the hotels just so they can enjoy the comfort of a proper bed and a decent shower. Imagine the tight conditions that they live and work in, I suppose some would enjoy some privacy as well.

I read as well, that a hundred years ago, when the US Great White Fleet arrived in Port Melbourne, they had 14000 sailors. Around 300 of them enjoyed Melbourne so much that they ended up staying permanently. If around the same number decided to stay in Melbourne, there might not be enough crew member left to take the destroyer back home!

Links
USS John S McCain website.
Herald Sun’s “USS John S McCain …”
ABC Melbourne’s “USS John McCain in Melbourne
The Age “…Great White Fleet comes calling “

2 Comments so far

  1. brappy on September 2nd, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    Ah, no info about tours. Too bad :-(

    I grew up in a navy town, and always enjoyed going on tours when new ships came into town. Maybe I’ll just ring up the consulate :D


  2. squirt (mel_corinna) on September 3rd, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

    I know there was a tour on Sunday but there could be a daily tour. But you better hurry. USS John McCain leaves at 7 am tomorrow!



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