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(I make fun of others) Inactive Member24 Sep 2010 9:01 a.m. PST

The USS Olympia, in the states, is the oldest steel warship afloat. This is the ship that sailed into Manila Bay and, with its opening shots, established the USA as a great military power when Admiral Dewey said, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley."

This ship is not being maintained and renovated as it should be, and as a result it is decaying and is close to being at a critical point -- the US Navy is considering sinking it as a reef or (shudders) scrapping it. That navy refuses to fund the renovation work.

It's been left up to private donations to save this piece of military history from destruction. It would be well worth it to donate a fiver to keep this ship afloat so that we can take our children to see it in future. I just did, and you can too:

SteelonSand Inactive Member24 Sep 2010 9:56 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting this Porfirio; a worthy cause indeed.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Sep 2010 10:34 a.m. PST

I just donated.

Where are Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other American billionaires? Any of them could step up and foot the whole bill to save this piece of history. Either that, or the DoD ought to step in and do something about this, other than proposing to scuttle the ship.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2010 10:51 a.m. PST

Geez, the Navy and Marines have an annual budget of almost $172 USD billion, and they can't find the money to maintain the Olympia?

That shows a remarkable lack of pride in their service's history. A bloody shame.

I donated. Please do, if you can.

stecal Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2010 11:50 a.m. PST

The stupid part is that Aker Shipyards which took over the Phila. Navy Yard is looking for a govt loan to keep them & their 1200 jobs going when their last 2 hulls are completed this fall without new orders. Why dont they put Aker to work on the Olympia?

vtsaogames24 Sep 2010 11:51 a.m. PST

I'm going down to Philly to see it this weekend. They are slated to close it down November 22.

rusty musket Inactive Member24 Sep 2010 3:20 p.m. PST

I just told a friend who is heading for Philly to go see it.

114th Pennsylvania24 Sep 2010 5:50 p.m. PST

Thanks for the heads up. I made my donation to support the cause.

MahanMan Inactive Member24 Sep 2010 6:28 p.m. PST

I donated as well. It's completely reprehensible that things have come to this, but at least people are doing something to try to save one of this country's iconic ships. frown

Doc Ord Inactive Member25 Sep 2010 6:44 a.m. PST

It is a beautiful ship. We made a side trip to see it while at Historicon this year.

KSmyth25 Sep 2010 7:32 a.m. PST

I visited the Olympia three years ago when I attended a convention in Philadelphia. It is a beautiful ship and worthy of our support.


GUNBOAT25 Sep 2010 10:52 a.m. PST

We got this one over the pond been on to more than once

My club Wargames Association of Reading had its 30th anniversary dinner on this one

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member25 Sep 2010 12:01 p.m. PST

Just got the snail-mail address wrote down. Saw a segment on endangered historical sites a while back and USS Olympia was among these.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member26 Sep 2010 8:31 a.m. PST

I'm going down to say goodbye next month.
Nobody with money cares, and our well-meant pennies won't do the trick.

Charlie 1226 Sep 2010 1:46 p.m. PST

Hate to say it, but Kle may be right. And as to the USN getting involved, they recommended sinking her as a reef off Cape May. The jerk USN has absolutely NO interest in its heritage..

11th ACR26 Sep 2010 6:34 p.m. PST

If anyone knows someone in the Higher Level of the NEWS industry (FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN) they may jump on the band wagon.

It maybe to late but, if CBS 60-minutes ran a story on it the ship would probably get a complete retrofit paid for by big business or the DOD/US Navy would do it just to save face.

Robert Henry

myrm1127 Sep 2010 1:55 a.m. PST

Kleb, you better be quick – you got less than a month – 22nd November they stop doing tours.

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member27 Sep 2010 4:55 a.m. PST

Yeah, I know I'd better be quick, though it is still September.

I expect I'm going to have trouble being civil to the museum staff. Fortunately, I'll probably be too disconsolate for violence.

I've been spamming various well-heeled historical preservation organizations with e-mail appeals, but that won't help, either.

Personal logo andygamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2010 5:15 p.m. PST

Maybe the Hearst organization would be willing to make a big donation?

(I make fun of others) Inactive Member29 Sep 2010 2:30 p.m. PST

and our well-meant pennies won't do the trick.

Way to discourage people from trying, chief.

I expect I'm going to have trouble being civil to the museum staff. Fortunately, I'll probably be too disconsolate for violence.

There's some well directed anger -- after all it's the museum staff who want to turn the ship into a reef, right?

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