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Old August 7th, 2012, 12:34 PM   #1
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Pretty flippin cool. I didn't know Bay City had a naval museum.

http://www.wnem.com/story/19213939/u...s-mid-michigan

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) - She's here! The 418-foot destroyer USS Edson arrived on time at the Wirt Stone Dock Tuesday morning in Essexville.

The destroyer will become the centerpiece of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship museum. Turning the USS Edson into a museum is expected to cost $1.4 million.

The USS Edson was led into the mouth of the Saginaw Bay at about 8:45 a.m. by the tugboat Colonel, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The destroyer left from Philadelphia on July 18 and will journey more than 2,400 miles before it reaches its permanent location near the Independence Park Boat Launch in Bangor Township.

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum worked for more than 15 years to get the ship to Mid-Michigan.

The USS Edson was launched in 1958. The Edson served during the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

Click the video player at the top of this page to watch the naval destroyer USS Edson arrive at the Wirt Stone Dock.

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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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Pretty flippin cool. I didn't know Bay City had a naval museum.

http://www.wnem.com/story/19213939/u...s-mid-michigan
That's really cool.

They need to sail her a little farther up the river and clean up Saginaw a bit.
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #3
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That's really cool.

They need to sail her a little farther up the river and clean up Saginaw a bit.
and then work their way to Flint
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and then work their way to Flint
Bridges could be dealt with easy enough, but the river dies out pretty well past Saginaw.

Flint will just have to be an aerial attack.
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the destroyer should have been docked on the detroit river facing the city and then used as a live fire training platform for the next 10 years.
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the destroyer should have been docked on the detroit river facing the city and then used as a live fire training platform for the next 10 years.
When it passed by Detroit it did. You don't see any difference?
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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Bridges could be dealt with easy enough, but the river dies out pretty well past Saginaw.

Flint will just have to be an aerial attack.
damn, I was thinking Flint was closer too, we'll just have to use a nuke instead
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that is one wicked ship, she looks old, i wonder what year that was built. you can see the squares where the frame is built, and the sheet metal is layed over it. haha.

nice jeep, vey clean!
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Old August 7th, 2012, 01:55 PM   #10
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The Saginaw river used to be dredged past town, and up the Tittabawassee river many years ago. As big ship traffic died down, they stopped dredging just south of the Zilwaukee bridge, as the grain elevator and stone docks are the only destinations anymore.

All of the bridges have been rebuilt but one, and no longer open or are tall enough to fit more than luxury craft. The tittabawassee rivercan be crussed on foot in most of its length all the way to Midland.


That schooner looks pretty long, I wonder if it will clear the turn around area for big ships? I'm sure they did their homework, but it IS the US govt.

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The Saginaw river used to be dredged past town, and up the Tittabawassee river many years ago. As big ship traffic died down, they stopped dredging just south of the Zilwaukee bridge, as the grain elevator and stone docks are the only destinations anymore.

All of the bridges have been rebuilt but one, and no longer open or are tall enough to fit more than luxury craft. The tittabawassee rivercan be crussed on foot in most of its length all the way to Midland.
Oh wow. I thought you could at least get a big boat up to the foundry or so.
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Nope, Maleable iron was the furthest plant south, and they stopped using coal shipped long ago in favor of Arc furnaces.
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that is one wicked ship, she looks old, i wonder what year that was built. !
built by Bath in 1958
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damn, thanks for the info, shes has been around for a minute or two.
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here's some more history of it

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Edson_%28DD-946%29
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I saw that it was passing by Detroit late Sunday afternoon. I wish I had known about it earlier that day because I would have enjoyed going downtown or east out to St. Clair to watch it pass by in the river.

My father-in-law, a Navy Lieutenant Commander during the early part of the Vietnam War, waited for it to pass by their house at the southern end of Lake Huron Sunday evening and said he could indeed see it but it was too dark already to get any worthwhile pictures.

There will be some ships in Detroit the first week of September for those interested.
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Very cool.
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gonna have to check that out. very cool
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