last of the once mighty!

Hi All:
Take a moment to reflect on the post below. The last Essex Class
Carrier is about to be disposed of by the Navy, and an era will come to
an end. Too bad! I had hoped maybe the Oriskany would be saved as a
museum ship too, but I guess no one could raise the interest/capital in
these times.
Bill Shuey
posted from the SMML list.
By Matthew Sturdevant Caller-Times
January 9, 2004
An 888-foot Korean War-era aircraft carrier will arrive at the
Port of Corpus Christi next week to have its innards cleaned of solvents
before the ship is sunk offshore to create an artificial reef.
Officials haven't announced yet where the ship will be sunk.
The USS Oriskany will be towed Tuesday from Beaumont and will
arrive later in the week at the Port of Corpus Christi, said Denise
Johnston, manager of government contracts for Resolve Marine Services.
The company is one of two contracted to clean aircraft carriers.
"The tow will commence depending on weather conditions," Johnston
said.
"It could be in Corpus Christi on the 15th, the 16th, the 17th - it
depends on the weather."
Resolve Marine Services of Florida, and a Brownsville company, Esco
Marine, were jointly awarded a $2.18 million U.S. Navy contract to
remove oily solvents from hundreds of tanks and bilge compartments on
the ship, according to federal contract information.
Cleaning the Oriskany is expensive because the ship has chemicals
and substances that are regulated by the federal government for special
disposal, such as polychlorinated biphenyls, mercury and asbestos,
Johnston has said.
The Navy and U.S. Maritime Administration are evaluating applications
from five states for four sites - three in the Gulf of Mexico and
one off the Atlantic coast - and will decide later this month or in
February where it will be sunk.
The Oriskany is the last of the Essex Class carriers, the same
type as Corpus Christi's museum ship, the Lexington. The Oriskany was
used during the Korean and Vietnam wars from 1950 to 1976. It will be
the largest ship deliberately sunk as an artificial reef, according to
the Maritime Administration.
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William H. Shuey
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Wow, I wonder if anyone will film it's demise for posterity and remembrance...\ Keith Walker
: Hi All: : : Take a moment to reflect on the post below. The last Essex Class : Carrier is about to be disposed of by the Navy, and an era will come to : an end. Too bad! I had hoped maybe the Oriskany would be saved as a : museum ship too, but I guess no one could raise the interest/capital in : these times. : : Bill Shuey : posted from the SMML list. :
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Scorpian
I would think that Hollywood would want to film the sinking, just to have the footage in the can for some war movie some time, as they do when large buildings are demolished etc.
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August Horvath

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