Future Museum Centerpiece USS Edson Arrives
Marty Felmlee of Bay City greets the USS Edson with a U.S. flag as it makes its way up the Saginaw River to its temporary mooring position at at Wirt Stone Dock in Essexville. The decommissioned Navy destroyedrwill serve as a floating museum at a permanent dock in Bay City. AP Photo/The Bay City Times, Jon Garcia.
Hundreds of people lined the shore Tuesday to watch the arrival of a 418-foot destroyer that’s expected to become the centerpiece of a ship museum in Michigan.
The USS Edson, which served during the Cold War and the Vietnam War, arrived in the Bay City area after being propelled by tugboat for the trip from Philadelphia that started last month. It will be established as the centerpiece of a floating ship museum about 90 miles northwest of Detroit on the Saginaw River.
“This is a historic event,” Gary Irons, an instructor on the Navy sea cadet ship Grayfox, told MLive.com. “I was up at 3 a.m. with my wife to watch it pass by Port Huron.”
The Edson was launched in 1958 and is recognized as a national historic landmark. Its first deployment was to the Western Pacific in January 1960. It was deployed to Vietnam three times. Turning it into a museum is expected to cost $1.4 million, officials have said.
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