December 4th Photos Page

Today I stopped off and visited the USS Olympia before going on to the Battleship.  As you may remember from some of my previous posts she was supposed to close to the public on November 22nd, but the Independence Seaport Museum announced they have identified the necessary funds to keep her open daily through December 31st.  Then, according to local newspapers, I believe she will be closed for daily tours during the month of January (as is the Battleship) but she will open again on weekends starting in February.  In the Spring, meetings will be scheduled between the Navy, the Independence Seaport museum, and several other interested organizations to discuss ways to get the necessary repairs completed for the Olympia, and hopefully come up with a way to keep her in Philadelphia as a museum and not scraping or sinking her as an artificial reef.  On the way to the Olympia I snapped the first three photos below of the SS United States, which is also in a fight for her life.  Again, according to local papers, money has been invested to begin some restoration efforts on her, but she needs a lot of help.  In her heyday she set the record for crossing the Atlantic from New York to London, it's sad to see her looking the way she does today.  I hope something can be done to rescue her and return her to her former glory, only time will tell.  Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

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