The United States Naval Academy was an outgrowth of the War of 1812. It had become evident that America would be subject to continued outside harassment, without a more systematic training of officers, especially for our Navy. After years of debate (wonder of wonders), the Academy was founded in 1845, at what was then Fort Severn, near the waterfront of Annapolis.
Today, here are some scenes from this elegant and well- appointed institution of learning. It must be remembered that the Academy is also an active military base, so the photographs are of public areas, only.
This entrance is for special events, only.
The north entrance is the main gate.
The Academy’s mission is clearly stated.
One clears security, in this building.
Admiral William F. Halsey, a hero of World War II, is prominent in Academy lore.
Slogans from earlier times keep the cadets inspired.
Here is the Visitor Center, from the water’s edge.
As the residential areas and classroom buildings are off-limits to visitors, here is a reprise of the water, as seen from the Academy grounds.
It was, all too soon, time to head west, so I said farewell to my childhood friend, the Atlantic Ocean, and headed across Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, before stopping for the night.
Large bodies of water have always made me uneasy. I can look at photos and see the beauty, but the edginess is still there. I’ve always wondered why.
Maybe you had a troublesome incident or two, with deep water, as a child.
A very inspirational post! Well done Gary.