Los Angeles Maritime Museum
The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is a non-profit maritime museum, located at Sixth Street at Harbor Boulevard in the community of San Pedro, in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is housed in the former Municipal Ferry Terminal building, located on the main channel of the Los Angeles Harbor, it was designed in the Streamline Moderne style by architect Derwood Lydell Irvin of the Los Angeles Harbor Department. It was built in 1941 by the Works Project Administration; the ferry between San Pedro and Terminal Island ceased after the Vincent Thomas Bridge was opened to traffic in 1963. The building was used for offices of the LA Harbor Department; the San Pedro Municipal Ferry Building is now a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum opened in 1979 as a result of widespread community efforts to save the historic building, it is the largest maritime museum on the West Coast. The museum's interior renovation was designed by Modernist architect James Pulliam.
The museum is operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Exhibits include a history of commercial diving in Los Angeles Harbor and a Navy Hall that features large ship models such as the U. S. Navy cruiser Los Angeles and the SS Poseidon model from the 1972 disaster film The Poseidon Adventure; the museum has an exhibit that chronicles the once thriving San Pedro fishing industry. The commercial fishing exhibit focuses on the history of Los Angeles Harbor-based purse seining, the San Pedro Fishermen's Fiesta, the Terminal Island tuna canneries. Upstairs are models of merchant ships such as the Silverpalm, square riggers, sail boats, a operational ham radio station; the museum operates the tugboat Angels Gate, built in 1944 for the Army Transportation Service. Angels Gate was known as ST-695, was among the fleet of tugboats designed for the World War II European theater; the fireboat Ralph J. Scott, a U. S. National Historic Landmark, is docked nearby.
Maritime history of California Maritime museums in California Museums in Los Angeles Official Los Angeles Maritime Museum website Big Orange Landmarks Blog: San Pedro Municipal Ferry Building – with images. Virtualguidebooks.com: View of museum interior
Point Fermin Light
Point Fermin is a lighthouse on Point Fermin in San Pedro, California. The lighthouse was built in 1874 and designed by Paul J. Pelz, who designed Point Fermin's sister stations, East Brother Island Light in Richmond, Mare Island Light, in Carquinez Strait, Point Hueneme Light in California, Hereford Inlet Light in North Wildwood, New Jersey, Point Adams Light in Washington State, all in the same style; the original fourth order Fresnel lens was removed in 1942 and a wood replica lantern was installed in 1974. The lighthouse was saved from demolition in 1972 and refurbished in 1974, a new lantern room and gallery were built by local preservationists. In 1972, the light was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Historical Information from Coast Guard web site: Point Fermin Light was built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods. In 1941 the light was extinguished due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. There was fear that the light would serve as a beacon for enemy ships; the lantern room and gallery were removed.
They were replaced by a lookout shack that remained for the next 30 years, was referred to as "the chicken coop" by locals. In 1972 the light was added to the National Register of Historic Places; the light fell into disrepair. A new lantern room and gallery were built in 1974; the building has now been restored to its original state and is open to the public as the Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum. The original Fresnel lens from the lighthouse, removed in the 1940s, had been missing for decades. After being found and positively identified, on November 13, 2006 the lens was relocated to a display in the restored lighthouse museum from the real estate office of Louis Busch in Malibu, where it had been on display; the lighthouse is open daily except holidays. In 1986, the lighthouse appeared in a second-season episode of Amazing Stories, "Magic Saturday"; the lighthouse featured in two episodes of MacGyver: "Flames's End" and "D. O. A.: MacGyver". In June 2011, the General Services Administration made the Point Fermin Light available at no cost to public organizations willing to preserve them.
List of lighthouses in the United States List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in the Harbor area Point Fermin Lighthouse official site Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum - San Pedro tourism "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: California". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles is an American action television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009, stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The series follows the exploits of the Los Angeles–based Office of Special Projects, an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignments. NCIS: Los Angeles is the first spin-off of the successful series NCIS. Nia Long joined the cast as Shay Mosley for the ninth season after Miguel Ferrer's death. On April 18, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a tenth season, which premiered on September 30, 2018. NCIS: Los Angeles follows Special Agent G. Callen, a "legend" assigned to the Office of Special Projects, a fictitious branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Callen leads an elite team of undercover operatives as they battle enemies both foreign and domestic under the watchful eye of Operational Manager Henrietta "Hetty" Lange.
The team is composed of Agent Kensi Blye, a hand-to-hand combat specialist and forensic whiz, Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL and G's partner, technical analyst Eric Bartholomew Beale III, ranking team member Shay Mosley, NCIS Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations. Over the course of the series, the team are assisted by allies from both NCIS and its local counterparts, including LAPD liaison officer Marty Deeks, Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones, Operational Psychologist Nate Getz, rookie field agent Dominic Vail, all of whom work side-by-side with NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, a laconic agent and skilled bureaucrat. G. Callen is the Lead Senior Special Agent and undercover operative attached to the NCIS Office of Special Projects, he speaks several languages fluently, including Russian and French. Callen is a skilled field agent having worked numerous overseas undercover assignments. Placed in the foster system at a young age, G. did not know his first name but learned about his family, in turn, himself.
As G. lives somewhat of a nomadic nature, Los Angeles is G's most stable home. He is partnered with Sam Hanna. Nate Getz is an Operational Psychologist attached to OSP in order to monitor the team's emotional well-being. Valued as both an agent and a doctor, Getz is drafted to a deep cover operation and subsequently becomes a well-established field agent. Despite his career change, Getz still returns to Los Angeles. Kensi Blye is the daughter of a Marine and the only female Special Agent attached to OSP, her father died at a young age. Estranged from her mother, Kensi is a skilled undercover operative and sniper, not afraid to use her sexuality to get results, she is married to her partner Marty Deeks. Dominic Vail is a probationary agent and a technical specialist, assigned to OSP straight out of training, he is seen as a sort of younger brother to the other team members. Sam Hanna is G's partner. Sam has the most stable home life of the team, he still lives for the thrill of undercover work. He is a former Navy SEAL, an expert on Middle Eastern culture, speaks fluent Arabic, as such he not only provides invaluable insight on cases involving the USMC and USN, but on cases involving ethnicity.
Henrietta "Hetty" Lange is the team's Operational Manager. As a veteran undercover operative, Hetty has achieved an unbelievable amount during her life, with distinguished work as an overseas intelligence operative during the Cold War. During her younger years, she took in several orphans from the streets in order to mold them into undercover operatives. Eric Beale is the team's Technical Operator and resident geek, he as such is not firearms trained. Beale is comfortable in the OSP much to the chagrin of his teammates who become annoyed by his quirks such as leaving his surf board by their cars, he is close friends with Nell. Marty Deeks is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department Detective who worked undercover and was exiled within the LAPD. Deeks is an experienced attorney at law having worked as a Public Defender in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts prior to joining the LAPD. After he is selected by Hetty to be the LAPD's Liaison Officer to NCIS, it becomes clear that her plan is for Deeks to become an Agent.
He deflects a great deal using humor. He is partnered with, married to, Kensi. Nell Jones is a Special Agent, she is just as comfortable outside the office as in it, it appears that Hetty is grooming her as a replacement. Jones is a capable field operative and skilled firearms expert, she has the highest IQ of anybody at NCIS. She is close friends with Eric. Owen
Los Angeles Community College District
The Los Angeles Community College District is the community college district serving Los Angeles, United States and some of its neighboring cities and certain unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Its headquarters are in Downtown Los Angeles. Over the past seventy-seven years LACCD has served as educator to more than three million students. In addition to typical college aged students, the LACCD serves adults of all ages. Indeed, over half of all LACCD students are older than 25 years of age, more than a quarter are 35 or older. LACCD educates three times as many Latino students and nearly four times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations; the Los Angeles Community College District is the largest community college district in the United States and is one of the largest in the world. The nine colleges within the district offer educational opportunities to students in Los Angeles.
It serves students located in the Alhambra, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Las Virgenes, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes and San Gabriel school districts. The district covers the Los Angeles city limits, San Fernando, Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Montebello, Vernon, Huntington Park, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Carson, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, numerous unincorporated communities, including East Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone and Walnut Park; the LACCD covers an area of more than 882 square miles. East Los Angeles College Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Harbor College Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Pierce College Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Los Angeles Valley College Los Angeles Southwest College West Los Angeles College The Los Angeles Community College District is governed by an elected Board of Trustees first established in 1969; the board meets twice a month. The District is modernizing all of its facilities, including all nine of its colleges, through a $6 billion Building Program.
The program is funded through bond measures approved by voters in 2001, 2003, 2008, plus additional funding from the State of California. As of its most recent report $3.1 billion of the $6 billion has been spent or committed. Official website
National Museum of the United States Navy
The National Museum of the United States Navy, or U. S. Navy Museum for short, is the flagship museum of the United States Navy and is located in the former Breech Mechanism Shop of the old Naval Gun Factory on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. United States; the U. S. Navy Museum is one of ten official Navy museums, is part of the Naval History & Heritage Command, the official history program of the United States Navy; the U. S. Navy Museum collects, preserves and interprets historic naval artifacts and artwork to inform and inspire naval personnel and the general public; the U. S. Navy Museum was established in 1961 and opened to the public in 1963; as one of 15 Navy museums throughout the country, it is the only one that presents an overview of U. S. naval history. Permanent and temporary exhibitions commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions in exploration, space flight and humanitarian service. Known for 40 years as the flagship museum of the U.
S. Navy, The U. S. Navy Museum celebrates a legacy of educating the public. In the tradition of its predecessors on the Washington Navy Yard beginning in 1865, the current museum features a collection that dates from 1800; the museum's collection moved twice before Admiral Arleigh Burke established the current museum, Building 76, in 1963 to create an American naval history museum comparable to those in Europe. The U. S. Navy Museum continues to embody Burke's vision of sharing the Navy's history and traditions with the world; the tradition of collecting naval artifacts in the United States began in the early 19th century under the command of Thomas Tingey, the first commandant of the Washington Navy Yard. The first artifact collected was a French gun, cast in 1793 at Lyons, captured during the Quasi-War with France, 1798–1801. From this modest beginning, the collection grew as the U. S. Navy fought in more battles and explored the high seas during the early years of the American republic; as the Navy's collection of artifacts grew, so did the need for a space in which to display them.
In 1865, the former Paint Shop opened as the Museum of Naval Relics and Weapons where the Dispensary is today. This museum was amongst America's earliest federal museums. Listed as one of Washington's most popular tourist attractions in Morrison's Strangers Guide to Washington, the collection impressed visitors with such artifacts as a gun from Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes's conquest of Mexico, the sloop Kearsarge's original sternpost containing a shell she received during her fight with the Confederate raider Alabama off the French coast. In 1913 the museum's artifacts were moved to Building 120, where the museum shared space with the Seaman Gunner's Quarters and the Recruiting Office; this site is now a parking lot west of the Washington Navy Yard. The building was demolished in 1927, which left the Navy's collection of artifacts in storage for eight years. In April 1935, the third museum opened in building 40, at the north end of the Breech Mechanism Shop constructed between 1887 and 1899.
When World War II ended the yard changed its name to the Naval Gun Factory, so the museum became the Naval Gun Factory Museum. After gun production ceased, Admiral Burke obtained the entire building in 1961 to house a new, more complete collection of artifacts. Today The U. S. Navy Museum is the only naval museum to chronicle the history of the U. S. Navy from its creation to the present. Artifacts like USS Constitution's fighting top, the world's deepest diving submersible and the khaki uniform of former Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz make The Navy Museum's collection second to none. Close to 94,000 individuals visit The U. S. Navy Museum annually. Admission to the museum and its programs is free; the museum is architecturally accessible. The National Museum of the United States Navy is open to the public. However, as the museum is on a functioning military facility, visitors must enter a specific entrance and provide ID or pass to a guard. Civilian or non-government visitors must enter the on-site visitor's center to be cleared for a day pass, a process that takes only a few minutes.
Upon entering the museum, visitors can see the fighting top from USS Constitution, as well as a statue of Boatswain's Mate Charles W. Riggin made from melted dimes. Located between the U. S. Navy Museum and the waterfront, Willard Park is named for Admiral Arthur L. Willard, Commandant of the Navy Yard from 1927–1930. Alongside the many iron guns on display are a screw from the battleship USS South Dakota, a 6-inch gun salvaged from the battleship USS Maine, a bathysphere from the Alvin undersea exploration vehicle, the Swift Boat PCF-1, a 14-inch naval railway gun from the First World War; this large room is dedicated to the history of American submarines. The room features a pair of working periscopes, targeting computers, battle flags; the violent beginning of the U. S. Navy is documented near the entrance of the museum with a video kiosk and depictions of early American Navy heroes; this exhibit features artifacts from the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican–American War.
The centerpiece of this exhibit is a replica of USS Constitution gun deck. The Civil War exhibit shows the sorts of warships and equipment used by sailors of the Union and Confederate fleets. Models of the legendary ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, the commerce raider CSS Alabama, the USS Kearsarge are on display; this exhibit tells the story of the loss of the battleship USS Maine, public outrage and the beginning of the United States as a global power. On display are a number of weapons, items from the home front, a model and diagram of the stran
California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents, California is the most populous U. S. the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento; the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second and fifth most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, the country's second most populous, after New York City. California has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, its largest county by area, San Bernardino County; the City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. California's $3.0 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined, the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world, the 36th most populous as of 2017.
The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and third-largest urban economies, after the New York metropolitan area. The San Francisco Bay Area PSA had the nation's highest GDP per capita in 2017 among large PSAs, is home to three of the world's ten largest companies by market capitalization and four of the world's ten richest people. California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture, innovation and politics, it is considered the origin of the American film industry, the hippie counterculture, fast food, the Internet, the personal computer, among others. The San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area are seen as global centers of the technology and entertainment industries, respectively. California has a diverse economy: 58% of the state's economy is centered on finance, real estate services and professional, scientific and technical business services. Although it accounts for only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.
S. state. California is bordered by Oregon to the north and Arizona to the east, the Mexican state of Baja California to the south; the state's diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east, from the redwood–Douglas fir forests in the northwest to the Mojave Desert in the southeast. The Central Valley, a major agricultural area, dominates the state's center. Although California is well-known for its warm Mediterranean climate, the large size of the state results in climates that vary from moist temperate rainforest in the north to arid desert in the interior, as well as snowy alpine in the mountains. Over time and wildfires have become more pervasive features. What is now California was first settled by various Native Californian tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries; the Spanish Empire claimed it as part of Alta California in their New Spain colony. The area became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War.
The western portion of Alta California was organized and admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale emigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom; the word California referred to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico. The name derived from the mythical island California in the fictional story of Queen Calafia, as recorded in a 1510 work The Adventures of Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo; this work was the fifth in a popular Spanish chivalric romance series that began with Amadis de Gaula. Queen Calafia's kingdom was said to be a remote land rich in gold and pearls, inhabited by beautiful black women who wore gold armor and lived like Amazons, as well as griffins and other strange beasts. In the fictional paradise, the ruler Queen Calafia fought alongside Muslims and her name may have been chosen to echo the title of a Muslim leader, the Caliph. It's possible.
Know ye that at the right hand of the Indies there is an island called California close to that part of the Terrestrial Paradise, inhabited by black women without a single man among them, they lived in the manner of Amazons. They were robust of body with great virtue; the island itself is one of the wildest in the world on account of the craggy rocks. Shortened forms of the state's name include CA, Cal. Calif. and US-CA. Settled by successive waves of arrivals during the last 10,000 years, California was one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas in pre-Columbian North America. Various estimates of the native population range from 100,000 to 300,000; the Indigenous peoples of California included more than 70 distinct groups of Native Americans, ranging from large, settled populations living on the coast to groups in the interior. California groups were diverse in their political organization with bands, villages, on the resource-rich coasts, large chiefdoms, such as the Chumash and Salinan.
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