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Old 11-08-2010, 12:18 PM
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Anyone remember the old Navy ships that were mothballed on the Hudson in the 1950's and 60's?

I'm too young to remember it, but my dad would always talk about it.

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We got a bunch out here in San Pablo Bay as well....
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A little before my time, but cool pics for sure SoundBounder! Not sure if they where part of this fleet, but there where a few PT boats being restored at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, up here in my home creek in Kingston.. This one was tied up out in front of the museum last fall..
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I remember them having a fair number of vessels rafted up near the Tappan Zee Bridge in the 70's and I am thinking that some of them were those old ferroconcrete barges like the one they sunk near the mouth of creek leading from Largo sound into the Atlantic in Pennekamp park in Key Largo.
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We still have a large reserve fleet in the James River near Newport News, VA. There are similar fleets in Beaumont, TX, and in Suisun Bay near Benicia, CA.
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Unfortunately I remember the ships. Got kicked out once in a buddy's boat trying to go in between. Remember $.29 gas too.
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Unfortunately I remember the ships. Got kicked out once in a buddy's boat trying to go in between. Remember $.29 gas too.
I don't remember .29/gallon, but I remember .60.

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Ahha, the memories of our youth. When in high school, filled-up my '67 Corvette at $.23 at the local Texaco station. Right now in Lansing Mi, gas is $3.09 - of course; the '67 vette is worth $200k too!!
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Why aren't these ships being turned into artifactural reefs?
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Why aren't these ships being turned into artifactural reefs?
There is a show called "Boneyard" on Discovery or one of the related channels. They did a story on the ships once. They said they are keeping them "mothballed" incase they need them for service. Keeping them in that condition, which looks very poor from the outside comes at a cost, a stiff one too. There is a full time crew that boards the ships daily to maintain them.
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These are mostly Ready Reserve Ships, managed by the Maritime Adminstration and MSC. They are manned by US Merchant Marines. They keep them for times of need like in Desert Storm.
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