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USNS SUMNER

 

Saw this fantastic looking ship from the road and  went to the gate and asked wether we could take a photo and was told NO. So we drove down a little way and came to the shopping archade where the fish market is. It was a hive of activity so went in and dicovered that from their outdoor deck,  we had a perfect view of the front of the ship.  The small craft to the right is the patrol boat that ensured no-one entered the area.

Since then I have looked up the US navy website and found the following information, with a couple of helpful links and a nice picture of the vessel so fail to understand why we were not allowed to photograph it. 

 

USNS Sumner is one of the seven Oceanographic Survey Ships that are part of the 29 ships in Military Sealift Command's Special Mission Ships Program.

• Length:  328 feet, 6 inches
• Beam:  58 feet
• Draft:  19 feet
• Displacement:  4,762 long tons
• Speed:  16.0 knots
• Civilian:  26 mariners/27 sponsor personnel
• Military:  0
• Owner/Operator: 

Government-owned, Contractor-operated

 

 BRISBANE RIVER BY NIGHT SERIES

USNS SUMNER

 

Saw this fantastic looking ship from the road and  went to the gate and asked wether we could take a photo and was told NO. So we drove down a little way and came to the shopping archade where the fish market is. It was a hive of activity so went in and dicovered that from their outdoor deck,  we had a perfect view of the front of the ship.  The small craft to the right is the patrol boat that ensured no-one entered the area.

Since then I have looked up the US navy website and found the following information, with a couple of helpful links and a nice picture of the vessel so fail to understand why we were not allowed to photograph it. 

 

USNS Sumner is one of the seven Oceanographic Survey Ships that are part of the 29 ships in Military Sealift Command's Special Mission Ships Program.

• Length:  328 feet, 6 inches
• Beam:  58 feet
• Draft:  19 feet
• Displacement:  4,762 long tons
• Speed:  16.0 knots
• Civilian:  26 mariners/27 sponsor personnel
• Military:  0
• Owner/Operator: 

Government-owned, Contractor-operated

 

 BRISBANE RIVER BY NIGHT SERIES

comments (28)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 00:19
So that's what a ship of gold looks like! Pretty!
Aussie: She was very eye catching.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • escaped the cabin for a day - fever abated
  • 7 Jan 2008, 00:49
Very mysterious treatment re permission to photograph. Lovely and bright gold lights/
Aussie: If we hadn't found the front shot we planned to go over to the other side of the river to get the shot anyway.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 02:01
It just shows-to-go-ya, Aussie, that when there's a will there's a way! AND there's more than one way to skin the cat. Good for you for being persistent.
Aussie: And as it turned out this was probably the better composition anyway.
  • Kay
  • Australia
  • 7 Jan 2008, 03:38
How very odd that they wouldn't let you take a photo of it from where you were originally. Surely they had to know that it was visible from further down the road anyway.

I love the way the light hits the boat and the water. grin
Aussie: Thank Kay for dropping by and commenting. It would have been visible from the other side of the river as well.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2008, 04:59
Definitely my favorite of this night series. The gold color and the reflection are both priceless.
Aussie: Thank you kindly Jewlya
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 7 Jan 2008, 06:24
but..but...but...I knew a NOW to you would do the same as to me, just find another way to get it, this is a real stunner just looked at it and *sighed*. This golden ship.....and than that tiny blue-ish light on the right from that tiny ship, great job and thanks for the information with it, I love to read that!!!
Aussie: Thank you Astrid for your comments, much appreciated. Your right NO was not an option when it came to getting this shot.
  • Shakara
  • Herts , UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 07:45
This is a most wonderful shot. Well done.
Aussie: Thank you kindly Shakara
wow.. this really good! i love the reflection of the lights into the water..
Aussie: Thank you for dropping by and commenting, much appreciated
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:21
The small craft on the left ended up on the right. Maybe SC flips the picture during upload. smile

Excellent picture of the golden survey ship. Very dangerous to photograph tongue People and their idiotic rules. Love the available detail and the reflection.
Aussie: Oops, maybe that was just me not knowing my left from right.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:31
Wow - looks like the ship is on fire. Stunning. Don't you just hate it when people try to stop you taking pictures?!
Ingrid
Aussie: This is the second time I have been told not to photograph something and both times I've managed to get a shot. In hindsight this angle probably made for a better capture anyway.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:47
I love boats, and this one is really beautiful !!! I love this gold colour and the reflection in water ... I can see you managed to switch the border of the photo off ... Nice idea and nice effect !!!
Aussie: To turn off the border Ann, just go into advanced options when you are editing, it's at the bottom just above the submit button. it gives you the option for a border or not. It sets for individual photos and will automatically go back to the default option for the next photo.
Rules are the rules Aussie, but how stupid can they be sometimes!
What a wonderful composition. This is a jewel for me. I love it
Aussie: Thank you Richard. I think this composition is probably better than the one we would have had if they had have said yes.
  • Nig
  • Glos
  • 7 Jan 2008, 12:13
Excellent set of night shots Aussie, love the clarity in this one too.
Aussie: Thank you Nigel, I had fun taking them.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Jan 2008, 12:44
It looks superb.

It's hardly discrete is it? They make something so appealing and eye catching, then tell you not to take a picture. How odd.
Aussie: Camouflage, what camouflage, we took shots of other things from a lot further down the river and when I downloaded them I realised this was still glowing in the background.
  • Michelle
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jan 2008, 12:57
Magnificent shot Aussie, I'm please you persisted. smile
Aussie: Thanks Michelle, we were pleased with the result.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 14:09
This gold medal is awarded to Aussie, this is a winnersmile
Aussie: Thank you Tracy, my first award.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2008, 14:11
the ship could not have been lit any better for you Aussie. super shot. mal
Aussie: They made it irrisistable with this lighting. Thanks Mal
This is the best yet Aussie. In the likeys for me! Hope you don't end up in Guantanamo Bay!!!
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 7 Jan 2008, 17:06
fantastic Aussie, big pat on back for not taking no for a answer, well donesmile
Aussie: Thanks Tim, no wasn't an option with this one, we would have gone to the other side of the river if we had too.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 7 Jan 2008, 17:23
beautiful lights aussie
Aussie: Thanks DrAW
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2008, 17:51
Why light it up like that and say you cant take a shot or two. great work here. love it
Aussie: Not exactly camouflaged, is it? Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Your night shots just get better and better! This is just so stunning because of the amazing way you have captured that `gold`! Truly wonderful. (:o)
Aussie: Thank you Rosalyn, your comments are always appreciated
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Jan 2008, 22:11
nice love the colour
Aussie: Thank you kindly
  • sara
  • USA
  • 10 Jan 2008, 04:41
This is a gorgeous shot!
  • liam
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jan 2008, 10:55
i reckon thats just typical of a governments politics Aussie...and that one perhaps more than most. Oceanographic ship indeed!!? Probably transporting Guantanamo inmates to international waters so they cant get into trouble.

Great shot though...we will make a spy of you yet! (oops, that comment will probably get us both hunted down by the CIA!)
Very interresting text and terrific night shot ! You're very talented really with your Tripod smile
  • Richard W. Madden
  • United States
  • 19 Feb 2008, 03:56
Great picture. My son is Captain of this ship and was so at this time in Brisbane. I was hunting for info about the ship and turned up this page. A wonderful find for me and his mother. Thank you! The navy is extremely secretive about these ships. Usually my son can't tell us when they will enter port and which port it will be.
Aussie: Have tried to contact you but as this site does not give me access to your email i think my previous reply has ended up in your junk file
  • Richard W. Madden
  • United States
  • 19 Feb 2008, 04:00
I have tried to print a copy of this picture but find that I am not able to. If there is any way I could get a copy please let me know. Thanks again.
Aussie: I know this is a long time since your original comment, but I was just going back through my archives and found it. I would be only too happy to send you a copy. Just send an email to digital.photo.2@hotmail.com

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