Pictures from a conference visit to Baltimore in early March, just before everything was locked down by COVID-19.


The restored Inner Harbor area featured a number of historic ships and a (R) a fascinating “screw-pile lighthouse“, designed to sit lightly on mud flats on piles screwed in mud or sand. The restored Seven Foot Knoll Light was built in 1855 and was relocated to Baltimore in 1997.

Oriole Park shows off renovation on a grand scale; the magnificent Baltimore & Ohio railroad goods warehouse was incorporated into a new (baseball) stadium for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1990s.

The USS Constellation at the Historic Ships museum in the Inner Harbor was the last sail-only war-ship built by the US Navy.


(L) The USS Torsk was fascinating and I was the only person there! (R) Its aft torpedo room.


(L) The walls were covered in dials and tubes. Look carefully you can find levers marked “emergency” and an interesting set of 3 controls with differently shaped levers, presumably so that they could be operated / recognised by touch! The panel on the right shows the state of external hatches that must all the closed prior to diving. (R) Iconic wheels for controlling the port and starboard diving planes.

The waste disposal mechanism had very prominent warning notices about correct operation. Presumably because opening the valves in the wrong order would be catastrophic!


(L) The radio room is still used as an amateur radio station NK3ST! (R) Mini jukebox and radio in the mess room.

View from the plane on the return journey. This probably overlooking the wider Washington / Baltimore area.

More familiar scenery: looking over the Causey Burn to the track of the Tanfield railway.