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Old 01-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default USS Olympia may move to Vallejo, CA

This is exciting, if they can put the funds together. Vallejo is just down the road from here.

Vallejo Group Plans To Bid For USS Olympia

January 18, 2011 10:57 AM

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) The Navy Yard Association — a group of former naval shipyard workers on Mare Island — plans to apply for the USS Olympia when bidding for the ship is opened in February.

The 244-foot-long ship, launched in 1892, is currently moored on the Delaware River in Philadelphia and is part of the Independence Seaport Museum.

But museum officials tell the Vallejo Times-Herald they are unable to raise the millions of dollars needed to dry dock it and repair its hull and deck. So they plan to seek a new steward for the ship.

The USS Olympia is the only surviving steel warship of its era. It served in the 1898 Spanish-American War, where it was Commodore George Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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I believe it is said to need a few million dollars worth of work to keep it afloat. Lots of money in bad times like these.

Someone should pony up the money, but we can cut some foreign aid to countries that hate us to fund it....
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This is exciting, if they can put the funds together. Vallejo is just down the road from here.

Vallejo Group Plans To Bid For USS Olympia

January 18, 2011 10:57 AM

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) The Navy Yard Association — a group of former naval shipyard workers on Mare Island — plans to apply for the USS Olympia when bidding for the ship is opened in February.

The 244-foot-long ship, launched in 1892, is currently moored on the Delaware River in Philadelphia and is part of the Independence Seaport Museum.

But museum officials tell the Vallejo Times-Herald they are unable to raise the millions of dollars needed to dry dock it and repair its hull and deck. So they plan to seek a new steward for the ship.

The USS Olympia is the only surviving steel warship of its era. It served in the 1898 Spanish-American War, where it was Commodore George Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Toured that ship as a youngster, what a shame that it is in such disrepair...think it almost sank a few years back. It is moored across the river from the USS New Jerey.
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I like your suggestion Scott.
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Beautiful piece of US Naval history. It should be preserved. With the millions in pork the congress approves every year, they should be able to find a way to appropriate funds to restore this ship!
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