‘Neil Armstrong’ christened
April 2nd, 2014

‘Neil Armstrong’ christened

It was a high security, invitation-only event, drawing a list of guests including top U.S. Navy brass, NASA officials and even astronaut Neil Armstrong’s widow and granddaughter. Anacortes experienced yet another “15 minutes of fame” last weekend as dignitaries arrived for the Saturday afternoon christening of the first of two research vessels built by Dakota Creek Industries. Sally Knight Armstrong served as vessel “Sponsor,” swinging in style as she cracked a ceremonial bottle of champagne over the bow of the 238-ft. R/V Neil Armstrong as her granddaughter and DCI founder Dick Nelson applauded. Next spring another research vessel, this one named after astronaut Sally Ride, will be christened by DCI before service as an oceangraphic research vessel to be based in California. (This photo was taken by U.S. Navy photographer John Williams. Inset photo of Armstrong courtesy of NASA.)

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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