Artifacts for the future USS Adams Museum arrived in Jacksonville Monday. The future Jacksonville museum is being billed as Florida’s first aboard a naval warship.
David Suckow says he was one of the first to serve on the USS Conyngham in the early 1960s. Now, 50 years later, he and other naval veterans are bringing together artifacts that will be part of the proposed USS Adams Museum in downtown Jacksonville.
Adams-class ships were guided missile destroyers. The navy built 22 of them in the late ‘50s, and the USS Charles F. Adams is the only one left. Museum CEO
Joe Snowberger says the ship-turned-museum will be docked at the shipyards on East Bay Street by next year.
“Our community is going to have a place for kids to go to learn about science, technology, engineering and math,” he said. “[And a place] for scouts and kids to sleep aboard and really understand what being in the Navy was about or serving your country.”
Artifacts that’ll be on display in the museum include sailors’ personal items and historical documents from Adams-class ships. Snowberger says the bell from the USS Charles F. Adams will also be on display.