Please Note! The USS York County and travel movies linked here are large
files for use with DSL or cable modem computer systems, although the clips have recently been
reduced in size to speed up downloading. If you're using a plain telephone
line modem for the internet, our advice is to make note of this page address, then go somewhere
like the public library or a friend's house who has a faster connection to view and save the videos.
You may also want to take along a flash drive so you can save the videos for your home computer. After a video runs, right click on the link and select "save target as," then make sure you know where it's being saved to, maybe your flash drive or disk?
Although the York County was decommissioned and transferred to the Italian government and then eventually scraped in Italy, the Spiegel Grove LSD- 32 shown below was cleaned and sunk near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. The ship is lying in 90 feet of water.
The following 8mm Navy films that are listed below were taken by Tim Cook, but first, during a Mediterranean cruise the York County stopped in several ports including Porto, Portugal where he took several movies while on liberty. The first clip is of an electric tram which they used in Porto instead of buses. It reminded him when he was very young riding electric street cars in Columbus, OH. These other clips are a little longer but they show life as it was at the time in Porto, Portugal, which is now a very modern city. The next clip is a repeat of the tram, but with a scene change showing a group of school children who wanted to pose for for the camera. He also filmed people walking to market carrying baskets on their heads, which appeared to be a very common practice. The last clip shows downtown Porto as the city begins to wind down for the day (Note! short clip).
Note! If the movie don't start at the first click, try selecting it again.
The following film clips have background music added to the clips. Some are longer than the above clips, and you should have a high speed computer connection to view them, or you could also consider going to your local public library to view them.
Many thanks to Mr. Joe Wise for sharing his videos shown below. They were taken while he was stationed aboard the York County.
Many thanks to Don "Mac" McLaughlin RM1 for sending us his 8MM film. We would also like to thank him for running so many phone patches via Ham Radio so we could all talk to our families back home.
These are some 8mm cuts from Alan Schultz SM2. Some show how rough it can get on the signal bridge. He mentions that Roger O. Schultz GM3, Bob D. Torbert SN and Dene R. Harlow are also shown with him on some of the signal bridge clips.
After a video runs, right click on the link and select "save target as," then make sure you know where it's being saved to. If you're at the library maybe you can ask a librarian for help to save these videos on a flash drive you brought with you?
We hope even more videos are coming from other crew members, so check back again!