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    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Actual Sub News! USS Cincinnati Sail Headed Home?

    Could the USS Cincinnati's sail be headed home to its namesake city?

    Seems the Navy has decided yes, if the funds can be gathered to transport and care for it.

    It will join several other sail exhibits and memorials, which have really proliferated with the rapid decommissionings following the end of the Cold War.  Since I last listed museum ships in the United States, I really did not spend a lot of time on these kinds of memorials, focusing instead on ships you could actually tour.  I am surprised by the sheer numbers of these and the dedication it takes to bring these to fruition.  The list below is mainly of Cold War era memorials.  I am sure there are many, many more WW2 and just after memorials I am missing, and I apologize, but since I was a Cold Warrior, I have to draw the line somewhere, lest this post never get published!  For a list that I think does justice to all those older memorials, the USSVI site has it.
    • USS Triton (SSRN 586) - to be memorialized at Triton Memorial Park in Benton, WA.  Triton was the first submarine to circumnavigate the world, following Magellan's path, and commanded by submarine hero, Edward Beach.
    • USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644) is part of Patriots Point in Charleston, SC, the Cold War Submarine Memorial (and the sister to my beloved Floating Palace).
    • USS George Washington (SSBN 598) - the first SSBN is located in Groton, CT at the Sub Force Museum.
    • USS George Bancroft (SSBN 643) is located at the entrance to the submarine base at King's Bay, GA.
    • USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) is located in Port Canaveral, Florida
    • USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) has her sail located at Deterrent Park, in the submarine base at Bangor, WA.
    • USS Parche (SSN 683) the most decorated naval vessel ever, is memorialized at Bremerton's Harborside Park.
    • USS Lapon (SSN 661) is memorialized in Springfield, Mo.  (Guess they didn't want to wait for USS Springfield - which was really named for different Springfields)
    • USS Hawkbill (SSN 666) is located at the Idaho Science Center, in Arco, ID, home of the first nuclear power plant.
    • USS Sturgeon (SSN 637) is found at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.  
    • USS Sailfish (ex Squalus), SS 192, is located at Portsmouth, ME's Shipyard Mall.  Squalus, of course, sank in 1939 and was the subject of the terrific Peter Maas book, The Terrible Hours, which is as much about the great Swede Momsen, as it is also the story of those hours before the Squalus survivors were rescued.
    • USS Grayling (SSN 646) was the next to last ship built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and is memorialized at the NEW Shipyard Mall, conveniently located across from the old Shipyard Mall in Portsmouth.
    • USS James K. Polk (SSBN 645) has her sail displayed at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History's Heritage Park near Albuquerque, NM.
    That's a couple of days of research, if you know of more, let me know and I'll add them.  

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