Navy to pull stuck ship from deep river mud

first_imgNEW YORK – The Navy is coming to the rescue of one of its mightiest veterans, joining the operation to free the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from deep Hudson River mud that has blocked efforts to move the ship to a dry dock for renovation, officials announced Saturday. A fleet of civilian tugboats tried Monday to pull the 27,000-ton ship out of the berth where it has been serving as the popular Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, but the carrier moved only a few feet before its 16-foot propellers snagged in the 24-year accumulation of sediment. Under a new plan of attack, the Navy will provide salvage support at a cost of about $3 million. That includes dredging mud from underneath the ship’s stern to free the propellers. The Army Corps of Engineers also will be involved. “On Veterans Day today, as we honor the service of those who sacrificed for our freedom, Intrepid got the greatest news: She will be saved,” Intrepid Museum Foundation President Bill White said as he marched alongside Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a Veterans Day parade Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Although the 900-foot warship still has its propellers, it no longer has engines and will have to be towed from its berth on Manhattan’s West Side down the Hudson River to a shipyard at Bayonne, N.J., for the two-year, $60 million renovation project. The $3 million Navy effort is in addition to the $60 million refitting cost, White said. “The Navy is footing the bill; however, Intrepid will make its best effort to reimburse the Navy for the cost,” he said. Officials had planned for a combination of federal, state, city and private funds to cover the $60 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more