The Philadelphia Art Museum and the old Philadelphia Waterworks, seen from the Schuylkill River
Another view of the Art Museum. Note the spiral steps in the lower left corner leading down to a walk along the river bank.
Boathouse Row, home of the crew clubs in Philadelphia. At night, the boathouses are illuminated with Christmas lights for a striking display. Boathouse number one, to the far right, is available for rental for parties and celebrations.
Center City (that's Philadelphian for "downtown") as seen from the Schuylkill. The bridge carries the Vine Street Expressway (I-476).
Sunlight reflection from the Schuylkill on the bottom of the bridge that carries West River Drive across the river.
The monorail at the Philadelphia Zoo wore out, and was replaced by this tethered balloon ride.
The Platt Memorial Bridge (foreground) and the Girard Point Bridge (double-decker bridge carrying I-95) across the Schuylkill near its confluence with the Delaware River.
For those of us who remember ocean liners, these two funnels can only mean one thing:
The liner SS United States, still the holder of the speed record for the Atlantic crossing. . . .
. . . slowly rusting to death in Philadelphia.As of 2010, it appears that there may be some chance of saving her from the scrap yard.
Fort Miflin, which served as a POW camp during the U. S. Civil War and is directly under the eastern approach to Philadelphia International Airport (I do wish this one had come out better).
Aker Shipyard, which now occupies part of the abandoned Philadelphia Navy Yard at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. A portion of the Navy Yard still contains a small mothball fleet.
The Empress of the Sea, taking on passengers and luggage at the Philadelphia cruise ship terminal, just north of the Aker Shipyard.
Another view of the The Girard Point Bridge, this time from the Delaware. The bridge is a double-decker steel truss bridge.
The USS New Jersey, veteran of four combat fronts, on display in Camden, New Jersey, across the Delaware from Philadelphia, and, in counter point . . .
The USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the Spanish-American War, at Penn's Landing, where it is open for tours. As of 2010, it appears to be headed for the scrap yard. The hull needs serious repairs and no one is willing to pony up for them.
Copyright 2001, 2007, 2010 Frank W. Bell, Jr.