Historic US Ship Reportedly Taking on Water

Historic US Ship Reportedly Taking on Water

(FeaturedNews.com) – The USS The Sullivans, a historic World War II Navy vessel anchored in Buffalo, is sinking. According to WGRZ, a hull breach of unknown origin started about a year ago when the ship began taking on water. Now, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park situation looks far grimmer.

CEO of the park, Paul Marzello, said in a statement that the ship would be saved and that failure wasn’t an option. According to the Coast Guard, things went well for some time until they discovered fuel in the water, causing a cleanup operation of a different kind altogether. Before the stoppage, they were removing 13,000 gallons of water per hour of the estimated 3 million gallons inside the ship.

The nearly 80-year-old iconic vessel is one of the few remaining Fletcher Class destroyers that helped the Allies win the war. The Sullivans was commissioned in 1943 and named for the famous five Sullivan brothers whose lives were lost when their ship went down during the Battle of Guadalcanal. She served the entirety of the war in the Pacific. Her credits include a slew of downed aircraft and sunken submarines, and she was one of the many ships to provide covering fire on Iwo Jima.

Both the park and the Coast Guard seem focused on making sure this valuable piece of world history remains afloat.

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