Skip to comments.World's first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap.
Posted on 07/12/2012 10:32:08 AM PDT by atomic_dog
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The world's first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction as scrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard in Washington state.
The 720-foot (219-metre) vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War Two to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world's highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history.
Long Beach, commissioned in 1961, is not the first warship to be recycled. But the defense contractor that exclusively handles such auctions, Government Liquidation, said it would be the first time in its 11-year history that a nuclear powered guided missile cruiser has been sold for scrap.
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Whatever happened to the nuke-powered Savannah? Guess I could look it up....
How many organizations would I tick off parking it by my boat dock?
Are batteries included?
Teak Wood Decks?? So will there be a raid like they did Gibson Guitar?
Probably not. But who cares.
"The auction is set to close on Thursday at 5 p.m. Minimum bids are $150."
Too bad we missed it, because I would have bid $200.
NS Savannah was a nuclear powered passenger ship, not a cruiser.
Celebrated nuclear ship rests in Baltimore
Would look good alongside the USS Iowa in San Pedro and close to its namesake city.
The bow of the nuclear powered cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN 37) was turned into a memorial at Bremerton Marine Park.
She looks like my friend’s car after he parked it in the wrong part of Chicago....
What a sad looking mess.
It’s almost as if it needs to be put out of its misery...
A good use. Perhaps a similar fate for LONG BEACH? I’m sad to see the ship go because she was a pioneer in so many ways.
I was decommed both the California (CGN 36) and the Arkansas (CGN 41) cant imagine better ships. I blame Clinton for pulling the plug on nuclear cruisers. You only have to pull into a gas station once every 20 years or so, but you had better load up on snacks when you do!
That’s a sad photo. I went aboard her once, in ‘83. A buddy from “A” school gave me the tour. What a ship. The bridge was something like the 0-13 level.
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