WWII Ship Resurfaces Due To Low River Levels
You don't see this every day. Water levels around St. Louis have dropped in the past two weeks, revealing a WWII ship that went missing during the Flood of '93.
Once used for tours and education the USS Inaugural near downtown St. Louis broke off its permanent dock during the Flood of '93 and would not be seen for another 28-years.
According to Fox 2 News, the ship drifted downstream and started sinking south of the Poplar Street Bridge. The ship was first launched in the early 1940s and was made to support ships designed to service and protect larger naval vessels operating in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Just after 6-years of service the ship was decommissioned and finally disposed of by the Navy in the late 1960s. It was then relocated to St. Louis and became a National Historic Landmark in the mid-1980s. When the ship broke loose from its resting place in 1993 the ship got some manage damage including a breach in the hull. The ship would take on water and turn on its side before sinking. With low river levels, you can see the full ship now.
There are no plans to salvage the historic ship, according to the National Parks Sevice it's a complete loss. Plans are being put together to remove the ship from the riverbank as soon as possible. Pieces of the ship will try and be salvaged and be used for museum exhibits.
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