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USS Ling

Postby Al F » Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:03 pm

I visited the USS Ling yesterday. The museum has been closed for about one year now and it has the appearance of an abandoned site. There is no access to the boat and the artifacts on outdoor display are deteriorating. The grass is being cut occasionally. There is a notice on the office entrance that the museum is closed, but not contact information.

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Better view of missing walkway
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This was used to access the boat
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MK-14 Torpedo warhead used to secure boat
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Gilbert » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:25 pm

WOW - what a difference from when we visited there as a group back in the late 1990's.

Such a shame. With no effort to maintain the location, no wonder the developers are taking the land.

Sad.

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Re: USS Ling

Postby Al F » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:03 pm

I visited the Ling on Thursday (August 24, 2017). The Navy has removed most of the artifacts from the grounds and the Ling continues to deteriorate.
I posted photos at: https://torskphotoguy.smugmug.com/Museums/USS-Ling/
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Brian Flynn » Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:01 pm

Really riding low, isn't she? The limber holes are at water level. I've heard it said that she is stuck in the mud, but maybe actually sitting on the bottome?
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Darrin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:58 pm

She is on the bottom from Little Al's pics, granted a good shot of air might pull her back out of the mud once more depending on how bad the rot is on the ballast tanks..

A few years ago I would have mentioned something about those weapons need a new home to include the ones where the warhead and other parts have been placed on the ground because they would make good display's hanging out of the tubes and even on the stows showing the different sections.

Just my .02 cents worth

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Re: USS Ling

Postby Al F » Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:54 pm

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I visited the Ling today at low tide and this is what I saw. I'll post more photos to my SmugMug account when I get home. You can see the full size photo at https://torskphotoguy.smugmug.com/Museums/USS-Ling

Yes, you really can see from one side of the bow to the other. She is sitting in the mud.
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Re: USS Ling

Postby emeacho » Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:31 pm

What a shame! Are you old men up to loading more torpedoes?
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Darrin » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:46 am

Hell yes Chief, my one legged arse is up to one more torpedo load... Call me with the date so I can schedule a flight up there to make it happen again my friend
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Tim » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:31 pm

Count my ancient ass in!
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Al F » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:27 pm

I added some more photos I took to my smugmug gallery, including one of the eviction notice.
https://torskphotoguy.smugmug.com/Museums/USS-Ling
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Al F » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:44 pm

The museum has agreed to vacate the property by August 14th, but they have no place to go. The Ling is not going anywhere.
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Al F » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:22 pm

USS Ling apparently flooded intentionally, memorial plaques stolen

USS Ling flooded
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Earl » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:12 pm

emeacho wrote:What a shame! Are you old men up to loading more torpedoes?


I'll drive back from Iowa, pick up as many able-bodied as will fit in the car on the way, too.

After the shenanigans of this past weekend's vandalism, sounds like some folks need to act smartly.
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Re: USS Ling

Postby Darrin » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:10 am

A saving grace folks is that she didn't have a hell of a lot of water underneath her keel, so yes her lower flats, bilges are flooded and if'n I had to guess needed to be pumped out and that means that she is still savable however I have not been on her and can't confirm that at all.

IF the Navy decides to scrap her am i willing to do a strip ship once more?? Yes, however i am NOT the guy i used to be sadly enough.. time has taken it's toll on me.. but i still have the heart to do a hell of a lot of work in a short period of time

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