U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar
WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.
Here in my hometown --- Philly PA.
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Goodbye to Tromso Norway,
and goodbye to "Gyda"
A Beautiful shot of the west side coast of Jan Mayen Island,
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Remote Jan Mayen Island
Located in the Norwegian Sea along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge about 650 km NE of Iceland, consists of two volcanic complexes separated by a narrow isthmus. The large Beerenberg basaltic stratovolcano (Nord-Jan) forms the NE end of the 40-km-long island, which is ringed by high cliffs. Beerenberg is a large 2277-m-high glacier-covered stratovolcano with a 1-km-wide summit crater and numerous cinder cones that were erupted along flank fissures. It is composed primarily of basaltic lava flows with minor amounts of tephra. Historical eruptions at Beerenberg date back to the 18th century. The Sor-Jan group of pyroclastic cones and lava domes occupies the SW tip of Jan Mayen. The Holocene Sor-Jan cinder cones, tephra rings, and trachytic lava domes were erupted from short fissures with a NE-SW trend.
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for this programs & all data for Jan Mayen Island.
Tromsø city is the ninth-largest urban area in Norway by population, and the seventh largest city in Norway by population. It is the largest city and the largest urban area in Northern Norway and the second largest city and urban area north of the Arctic Circle in Sápmi (following Murmansk). Most of Tromsø including the city center is located on the small island of Tromsøya in the county of Troms 350 kilometers (217 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Substantial parts of the urban area are also situated on the mainland to the east, and on parts of Kvaløya—a large island to the west. Tromsøya is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø Bridge and the Tromsøysund Tunnel and to the island of Kvaløya by the Sandnessund Bridge. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.
The city center of Tromsø contains the highest number of old wooden houses in Northern Norway the oldest house dating from 1789. The Arctic Cathedral a modern church from 1965 is probably the most famous landmark in Tromsø. The city is a cultural center for its region with several festivals taking place in the summer. Some of Norway's best-known musicians Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge of the electronica duo Röyksopp and Lene Marlin grew up and started their careers in Tromsø. Noted electronic musician Geir Jenssen also hails from Tromsø.
Click onto the photo below for a great shot of the famous Church,
Click again for even more detail.
This the photograph below I mentioned about standing on the Spar's stern.
Standing on the SPAR'S stern with a cigarette in my hand just staring at the wake our ship was creating and watching Tromso become smaller & smaller until
I couldn't see anything but open water 51 years.
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U.S. Coast Guard
Song is by the Marcels -- "1962" Goodbye to love
Page No. 23
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
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USCGC Spar (WLB-403)
Iris-class seagoing buoy tenders, USCGC Spar (WLB-403)
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On the left is my actual 3rd. class petty officer pin that I wore on my cap.
Click onto photo below for many links pertaining to
Jan Mayen island, Norway.
Click below for 18 Pages of
original Spar wlb 403 "1966"
Cruise, PDF format
I can still remember leaving Tromso Norway,
standing on the SPAR'S stern with a cigarette in my hand just staring at the wake our ship was creating and watching Tromso become smaller & smaller until I couldn't see anything but open water. My watch was about to begin and I realized I had puppy love, as many said I had. I was not myself for about two weeks, then as fast as I was in love, it was gone. I looked forward for our two cans of beer a week, and back to myself in no time. I will always remember her name, it was Gyda. I still have her lighter which I in turn gave her my Zippo lighter. Many years have gone by and yet some things are still crystal clear.
Watch a short ariel view of Tromso Norway, compliments of William Hsieh
Running Time: 1:15
Original "1966" brochure from Tromso Norway, on our journey.
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Summer in the cathedral park
Spring on Tromso island with
view of Kvaloya
Northern lights in Nov.
The harbour Norway where the
Spar wlb-403 was moored
The continent__ Tromso island
Kvaloya island seen from cable car
The seal hunters go out to sea
5500 feet high mountains in
the municipality of Tromso
Skiing in Kvaloya
Coastal steamer daily visitors
for over 100 years
Cruiseship sailing through Rystraumen,
Hella in the foreground
The quay here you can buy
fresh fish and prawns