20150430 104815  School was out due to a teacher strike so we went on a field trip down to Fort Ward thanks to the hospitality of people with connections to historic buildings at the old base. Prior to and during WWI, Fort Ward guarded the waterways leading to the Bremerton Navy base. During WWII it hosted a top secret listening station which intercepted encrypted radio messages from Tokyo to Washington, DC. The "Magic" messages were captured by cryptanalysts and sent to D.C. for decoding. The hike through the old base was so interesting. We got to see the former "Station S" which is now a private residence, too. 20150430 111018  Odd to see an old frigate slipping through the waters while we were on our historic tour... 20150430 112112  These were officers' quarters, but are now condos. 20150430 112201
20150430 112640  CO's home. 20150430 113538  Doing a rubbing of Morse code around the flag pole on the parade grounds. 20150430 113548 20150430 113658
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20150430 114236 20150430 114246 20150430 115838  Teens who are working to restore the old Bakery Building as a community center. They gave a great presentation and shared historic photos with the kids. We had 12 kids and 5 adults along. 20150430 120038
20150430 120444 20150430 120455 20150430 122821  Visiting Station S! 20150430 122837
20150430 123417  Seeing a Morse code machine! 20150430 123431 20150430 123502  Pretty cool. I downloaded an app for my phone - we are learning Morse code now! 20150430 123804  The troops learning to decrypt Japanese Morse Code.
20150430 124023 20150430 125145 20150430 131134  Re-enacting some WWII battles :) 20150430 131142
20150430 131302 20150430 131334 20150430 131349 20150430 132016  Bunkers at an old battery guarding the waterway.
20150430 132553 20150430 132556 20150430 132605 20150430 132708  Manning the guns!
20150430 132718 fort ward013  I think this is a map of Fort Ward