The CLG4 / CG4 Photo Tour

Photographs of USS Little Rock
a
t the
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Page last updated: 23 September, 2016

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USS Little Rock in tow to Bullalo Jul 77
USS LITTLE ROCK in tow on St. Lawrence River,
near Quebec, Canada


USS Little Rock under tow on the St. Lawrence River on 10 Jul 77 while bound for Buffalo, NY from Philadelphia, PA. (More detailed information and additional photos of the trip can be found on our web page "How did the U.S.S. Little Rock come to be at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park?" ) Note that many of the masts and antennae were cut down or removed prior to transit so as to allow the ship to pass under bridges and power lines while enroute to Buffalo.

Original photo from ShipSpotting.Com was taken by
Mr. Rene Beauchamp and is used by permission.
CLG4 with masts cut
USS LITTLE ROCK shortly after her arrival in Buffalo, NY

Here is a great shot of LITTLE ROCK soon after her arrival in Buffalo. This photo shows much more detail with respect to the masts and antennae which were cut down so as to allow the ship to pass under bridges and power lines.

This great photo was taken byAssociate Member Brian Wroblewski
and is used with his permission.
CLG4 in old Buffalo location
USS LITTLE ROCK in her Original Location

This photo shows LITTLE ROCK at her original location in what was at the time named "The Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park". This picture was probably taken in the early 1980's.  The Park first opened to the public in 1979, well before it acquired the WWII submarine USS Croaker SSK-246 in 1989.

Note that
LITTLE ROCK is moored to the shore starboard-side-to. At that time the destroyer USS The Sullivans DD 537 was tied up immediately aft of LITTLE ROCK.  In this picture THE SULLIVANS bow is just barely visable on the left.


Photo source is not known.
Park Under Construction
Construction of the "new-and- improved" Naval Park

The Inner Harbor Project in 1999 (Phase 2) exposed part of the old Erie Canal (seen at the bottom left corner of this photo). The subsequent renovation of the canal as well as expansion of the Naval Park required the three ships LITTLE ROCK, THE SULLIVANS and the CROAKER be relocated to their current location in 2003.

Photo by USS Little Rock Association member Brian Wroblewski.
Used with his permission.
Satellite View of Naval Park
Satellite View of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

This "zoomed-in" satellite view of the Naval Park and surrounding area clearly shows not only USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker, but also other interesting items such as an Army M-41 Tank, a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, a PT Boat, and the sail from the nuclear submarine USS Boston. How many can you spot ?

HINT: "Click" on the photo for a larger scale view, or go to Google Maps and enter the Park's street address for an even more detailed view.  Here's the Park's address:

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
1 Naval Park Cove
Buffalo, NY 14202
B-17 View of Buffalo Naval Park The Inner Harbor as seen from a B-17 !

This magnificent photo by USS Little Rock Association member Brian Wroblewski not only shows LITTLE ROCK pierside at her current location at the Naval Park, but many square miles of Buffalo and the surrounding countryside.

This photo was taken by Brian from the B-17 "Memphis Belle" and is used with his permission. (Next time you see Brian at a Reunion ask him about the experience!)
USS Little Rock at Buffalo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

The USS Little Rock is now on display at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. The ship plays an important parts in educational programs and is open to the public. The ship is part of the Navy’s Ship Donation Program administered by the Naval Sea Systems Command. Under this program selected naval vessels are available for donation for public display as ship museums or memorials.

Photo is from US Navy NavSea website.
Aft Mooring Lines
USS Little Rock Securely Moored in Buffalo

A nice shot of LITTLE ROCK securely tied up at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park. Shown here are the Aft Mooring Lines,  two of the many lines used to secure the ship in place. Inclement weather is not unusual in Buffalo.

In Boot Camp we learned that "mooring lines" for large ships, are in fact called "Hawsers". A hawser is any line large than 5" in circumfrence. The hawsers which run between the ship and shore pass through the ship's "Hawse Holes"  and are secured to either a "cleat" or a "bollard".

Photo source is not known.
CLG4 Night Scene by Don DeRose
USS Little Rock as seen from the Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY

A beautiful night photo of  LITTLE ROCK
and THE SULLIVANS
tied-up pierside at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken by Don DeRose, Docent, Buffalo Naval Park,
 and is used with his permission.
Little Rock & The Sullivans Nite Photo
"Naval ships USS Little Rock and USS The Sullivans
docked at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park"

An exceptional night photo of  LITTLE ROCK and THE SULLIVANS
at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken by Robin Cox of Buffalo, NY
and is used with his permission.
This photo appears in his blog "Worth The Wait".
Park 2007
Naval Park - Summer 2007

A pleasant view, looking north along the Naval Park's pedestrian walkway. The submarine CROAKER is directly in front of you, with THE SULLIVANS behind the sub, and LITTLE ROCK tied-up outboard of both ships.

Photo is by "Shinrunner"
at Wikimedia Commons

USS Little Rock in Buffalo. Night photo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

  
Here's another great night photo of the USS Little Rock at the
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo is from Ookaboo, an online source for license-free photos.
Photo was taken by: Dave Gerland, Buffalo, NY.
Iced In ca. 2005
USS Little Rock "Iced In"

Sooner or later each Fall the temperatures drop and the Buffalo River ices over.  This photo of LITTLE ROCK taken by shipmate Russ Darrow shows a rather dreary view of the ship at the Naval and Military Park before winter has really set in.

Photograph taken by:
Shipmate Russ Darrow, FT3 1960-1962
Little Rock Fogged in in Buffalo
USS Little Rock "Fogged In"

A great picture of the U.S.S. Little Rock taken in 2007 at her present mooring at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. (Wouldn't want to have to get underway in this 'soup'!)

Photograph taken by:
Shipmate Dennis McAllister, CS3 1962-1966

Snow Winter of 2015
Snow - Winter of 2014 - 2015

Here's a neat picture of the LITTLE ROCK covered with a few inches of snow. It's just another "one of those things" that the Naval Park staff has to deal with.

Snow in Buffalo is typically taken in stride by the locals. So far for the 2014-2015 winter, Buffalo has had about 90" of the "White Stuff" +/-.  That's for 01 Nov 2014 thru 31 Mar 2015 according to the National Weather Service. They'll probably get a little more, but that's about it for this year.

Photo was sent to us by "Senior Chief" John Branning AMCS (AW/SW)
Chief Engineer, Buffalo & Erie County
Naval & Military Park

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Little Rock's Participation in Historic Events

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CLG-4 / CG-4 Crew Photos


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