Museum ships don’t age well
Constructed of steel by the lowest bidder, warships have a finite lifespan, especially when semi-preserved as museum ships.
In Florida, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted to use $1 million in funds to jump-start a project to sink the Balao-class submarine USS Clamagore (SS-343) about a mile off the coast of Juno Beach. She is the only known surviving example of a GUPPY type submarine
According to the Sun Sentinel, the WWII submarine has been at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum near Charleston, S.C. since 1981 and needs a $6 million refirb to keep her there, and annual upkeep of $250,000. Turning her into a reef is cheaper.
In South Korea, the Gearing-class destroyer ex-USS William R. Rush (DD-714), transferred in 1978 under the terms of the Security Assistance Program as ROKS Kang Won (DD-922), arrived at Busan Dadaepo port for dismantling last month after 16 years as a pier-side museum ship.
This leaves Eversole, Everett Larson, Sarsfield, Rogers, Orleck, and J. P. Kennedy of that class still afloat.
Meanwhile, in Bremerton, the museum ship USS Turner Joy (DD-951) is set to get an $800,000 spruce up in dry dock. A Forrest Sherman-class destroyer decommissioned in 1982, Turner Joy gave a lot of hard service in Vietnam and can use the TLC.
(Photo: Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)
When I was assigned to the USS FLETCHER DD-992 in 1981, I saw the USS TURNER JOY moored next to us at Engels ship yard in Pascagoula, Ms. She looked a lot better than the picture shown here. It seems so sad to see such great ships in so great disrepair.
Steel by lowest bidder, really?
No government will have the security of its territory, interests, and people
relying on ships which hulls must go through rehab every 6 months, aye?
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