That would be a tragedy but these ship museums never are profitable enough to maintain a ship.
I think the only other ship like her in the world is the Mikasa from the Russo-Japanese war. Disgrace if she becomes a reef.
I visited the Olympia about 20 years ago. They had Dewey’s footprints marked on the bridge where he gave the “You may fire when ready” order.
It would be a shame to sink her. She is the last example of her kind of ship; a late “ironclad” with no sail, yet before the age of the dreadnought. To my knowledge, there are no other post-sail pre-dreadnought ships still afloat.
Good grief, some things are worth saving regardless. Surely the maintenance of this great ship wouldn’t cost a fraction of what this man has given away to non-producers just this year alone.
Love the shape of the bow. Not at all sure why they did that, but it wuz apparently the style of the time.
It would indeed.
Years ago, "You may fire when ready, Gridley" was a familiar phrase.
How many people today have even heard of George Dewey?
It’s what happened to the Oregon.
Congresspukes find millions of dollars for their useless pork earmarks, like a Tea Pot museum, yet not one dime for something this important historically.
I suppose it’s totally unfeasible to move it to Olympia, WA... that would be cool (and it’s my old home town).
Will Obama come and dedicate the symbol of America’s Navy as a reef?
She needs to be saved. Our country’s history is not being taught to our kids and all historical evidence is being systematically destroyed.
I’d love to see her tied up next to USS North Carolina in Wilmington or USS Alabama in Mobile.
er....excuse me...thought this was about Olympia Snowe.
I visited the Olympia earlier this month. It’s quite fascinating and the interior of the ship open to the public appears to be in good condition. I’m shocked and surprised anyone is suggesting the ship should be scrapped or sunk. Such a thing is outrageous.
As for the Mikasa, which I’ve also visited: it’s not afloat. It’s encased in concrete and is therefore on dry land, at Yokosuka south of Tokyo. In my opinion, the interior spaces on the Mikasa aren’t as well preserved as those on Olympia.
We could afford funding to maintain important historic items, if government employees weren’t retiring in their 50s with nearly 100% of pay plus lifetime health care, and then their spouse afterwards.
Tow it to Bremerton or San Diego!....
Yikes! I was on the Olympia as a kid. Pointed it out proudly everytime I drove by on I-95. It’d be sad to see it go.
My son's on the Olympia, just not that one.