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July 25, 2006

One of America's Oldest Destroyers Will Return To America

Sold to the Mexican navy in 1968, then decommissioned even by Mexico, the John Rogers will return to American hands, as a museum ship.

Kinda cool. It's WWII vintage. Still floats. And it's got 60 years of Betty Paige pin-ups stashed all over the place.

It's part of a project to repurchase/refit American ships for good uses, such as, in many cases, ships being converted to rescue/hospital ships to aid in disaster relief.

Correction: I originally wrote the John Rogers would be part of the "Salvation Navy." That's not right. Though this project acquires old ships for that purpose, the John Rogers will not be serving in that capacity.

Thanks to Bob at Confederate Yankee for straightening out my loose shit.

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posted by Ace at 11:57 AM

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