Thursday, August 19, 2010
OT: The only surviving Spanish-American War battleship may be scrapped
This is off-topic, but bugging me. The Olympia, the only surviving Spanish-American War battleship may be scrapped even though it's a National Historic Landmark. It's an amazing ship, and the people entrusted with it are talking about sinking it to make an artificial reef. I've been on the ship, probably 15 years ago now, but it was a real look at a lost era - the time when steam was just replacing sail, and ships were caught in an odd design in between. Given all the recent press about finding a hulk buried in the mud off New York City, I can't believe that serious consideration is being given to destroying the Olympia.