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Navy:Fix Yorktown or Scrap Her

October 21, 2009


The retired aircraft carrier and current museum ship Yorktown, for decades a favorite attraction in Charleston Harbor, is facing its worst foe yet, extreme age and the weather. From the Post and Courier:

Officials at the military attraction estimated Tuesday that it would cost more than $100 million to dry dock and repair the ship’s deteriorating steel hull. It’s money that South Carolina does not have.

The long-simmering problem came to a boil as the Patriots Point Development Authority discussed a letter it received from the Department of the Navy about the deteriorating condition of the donated ship.

In short, the Navy has given the state agency two options for dealing with the Yorktown: Either put the vessel in dry dock so its rusting hull can be fixed or submit a plan to dispose of the aging ship.

“Disposal is not in our vocabulary,” said Dick Trammell, executive director of the authority.

That last statement is good news. At least, do everything you can to save a proud ship with an honorable history. World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam, the CV-10 has faced off against some of America’s toughest adversaries, so we think she can beat this new threat as well!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jed permalink
    October 22, 2009 11:18 am

    Sinkex ! Lets see how many Harpoon’s it takes to make her go down – useful experiment in the ‘carrier vulnerability’ discussion !

  2. October 21, 2009 6:04 pm

    The ship should be remembered for its service. We shouldn’t taint that memory by having another half-assed exhibit. If they can’t do this right then scuttle the ship. I like the Navy’s response on this.

  3. leesea permalink
    October 21, 2009 5:32 pm

    I was thinking about doing something at her current berth vice paying to have work done in an expensive drydock. Of course all that depends on hull thickness, internal conditions and the need for other work above the waterline.
    Leave it to the Navy to give an expensive unfunded mandate/soloution.
    One could buy an used drydock and lift the ship in-place alleviating the salt water condtion at minimum.

  4. leesea permalink
    October 21, 2009 5:24 pm

    I was thinking put her on blocks built in-place without going into an expensive drydocking.

  5. October 21, 2009 4:42 pm

    All good ideas. After 34 years, she still needs a good dry-docking.

  6. leesea permalink
    October 21, 2009 2:56 pm

    why not put her up on blocks where she sits? i.e. get the hull out of the salt water.
    OR as with the North Carolina put her in a fresh water pond?


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