Fire away | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Fire away

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

orleck.JPG

There may be news later today. There may not. So here's a line for your Saturday graffiti.

That photo above?

Glad you asked.

I just happened to run across it on the Facebook page of a childhood friend in Lake Charles, La., Rick Richard. It shows a welcome from fire boats for the destroyer Orleck as it was towed across Lake Charles to a new berth on the Calcasieu River as a tourist attraction. Naval fans will remember that North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays talked briefly about getting the Orleck for his Arkansas River maritime museum. It was berthed in Orange, Texas, about 30 miles from Lake Charles, but maintenance had become too expensive for Orange. Given how difficult it's been raising the cash to bring the Hoga tug to join Commodore Hays' fleet, it's probably just as well Lake Charles nabbed the Orleck.

(Further small world department: photographer Richard is more formally known as Oliver G. Richard III. He was a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the early 1980s when it saddled Arkansas with costs of Entergy's Grand Gulf nuclear plant. Too bad he didn't stick with newspaper photography, a passion of his as an LSU student.)

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (22)

Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation