Williamstown 1976, and USS Long Beach warship
Photo courtesy of Tony Beyer and the Facebook page The History of The Old Lost Western Suburbs of Melbourne
The mystery photographer* may have had eyes only for the USS Long Beach, a controversial nuclear-powered warship that visited Melbourne in early November 1976, but you can guess where our eyes were heading. Two old Williamstown scoreboards. One behind the goals (goalposts removed due to cricket season) that survived til 2012 and one on the seaside wing.
*We wonder if local resident and former scoreboard attendant Geoff van Wyngaaden took the photo of the USS Long Beach from his front yard.
Williamstown’s VFL team is in the Grand Final this Sunday, against Richmond at Princes Park. Williamstown CYMS’ reserves and senior teams are in C Grade amateurs Grand Finals this Saturday at Trevor Barker Oval. Go the Seagulls!
As for USS Long Beach, the Sydney Tribune reported on 3 November 1976 :