Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No longer an excuse to abandon the OLYMPIA - she has her proper home available

Few things will get me in a funk faster than pondering what we have done by omission to the OLYMPIA.

We've blogged about it before. She is, with MIKASA, the last of her kind. Her war record signaled the rise of our navy. Even from an artistic and architectural  point of view, there is no more perfect home for her.
The Navy is announcing today that it has decided to remove the (former) USS Barry from its longtime home along the banks of the Anacostia River at the Washington Navy Yard.

"After 30 years as a display ship with minimum maintenance performed, the hull is in poor condition and must be removed before construction begins in October 2015 on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge replacement with a fixed span that would land-lock Display Ship Barry."
Find a way around the new bridge, but after a proper dry docking, let's bring OLYMPIA where he belongs.

We build monuments to fried air - this is an irreplaceable symbol of our nation and its navy. Bring her home.

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