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Answer Coming On Whether USS Orleck Becomes Downtown Jax Ship Museum

Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association
Via Florida Times-Union
The USS Orleck

A Jacksonville group's quest to bring a Navy ship to downtown Jacksonville as a floating museum has had its ups and downs the past 11 years, but after a global pandemic and then a hurricane that broke the USS Orleck free from its Louisiana dock, local boosters are hoping to have the ship here by Veterans Day.

Whether the USS Orleck, currently docked in Lake Charles, La., ever ends up in Jacksonville still depends on what an out-of-water assessment of the ship's condition finds sometime in the fall, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union

If it passes that make-or-break test, then the Jacksonville-based non-profit that's worked to bring a Navy ship to one of downtown's piers will have the USS Orleck towed to Jacksonville and open it for daily visits.

A bad showing in dry dock, however, will be the end of the line for the USS Orleck.

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