US Senator Chuck Schumer visited the site of the shelled destroyer USS The Sullivans (DD-537) in Buffalo, New York, on Monday and promised federal aid for the daunting task of taking him back and repairing him.
The museum ship USS The Sullivans experienced floods on its starboard side and, according to its manager, Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, hit a heavy list on Wednesday. The violation is behind the starboard side, the park director told the media.
Dive checks and emergency drainage efforts continued over the weekend with the help of local firefighters and rescue services. According to park officials, the ship’s condition is stable and he rests on the riverbed with a designated list on the starboard side. United States. The Coast Guard estimates he drank about three million gallons of water; Plans began to run out and drive him away. According to the park, the operation will use several smaller pumps to drain more compartments at the same time, thus reducing the uneven load and tension of the hull.
Pollution control efforts are also continuing. Respondents pumped fuel, grease and greasy water from the boat to prevent the spread of contaminants in Lake Erie.
“I am fully committed to having all my hands on board to get the highest amount of federal dollars we have,” Schumer told a news conference on Monday. “When cleaning starts, it can be expensive and not a city, province or park.”
Schumer pointed to the $ 1 billion Great Lakes Rehabilitation Fund and the $ 500 million National Maritime Heritage Grant Program as possible sources of federal cleanup funding. He also noted that as the leader of the Senate majority, he has “earmarked restrictions” that he can use to fund projects directly.
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Like many museum ships during World War II, the USS The Sullivans faced maintenance problems, including tin plate hulls. Restoration efforts to strengthen its hull with epoxy along the waterline began last year and will continue this spring; however, permanent and long-term repairs may require additional costs and efforts.