Monday, April 28, 2014

Luanch day +72 years: STORIS remembered

Laid down in the yard of the Toledo Shipbuilding Company on 14 July 1941, on 4 April 1942 STORIS was side-launched into the basin at the shipyard. By 30 September 1942, she had been outfitted, manned and had completed many of her builder’s trials that allowed her to be proudly commissioned into the U.S. Coast Guard.

From there, she left the lakes and went off to war and a spectacular career that spanned 64 years and 5 months. STORIS became famous on both coasts for her exploits in the North Atlantic, Northern Pacific and the Arctic.

Almost a year ago, we were proudly announcing plans to return STORIS to Toledo for use as an active museum ship and training vessel for the U.S. Sea Cadets. Today we mourn her illegal sale, export and scrapping thanks to bureaucratic ignorance, arrogance and incompetence, as well as the sleazy greed of a so-called “metals recycling” company of dubious origins and existence.

STORIS, we won’t forget you, or the people responsible for this travesty.

(Originally posted April 4, 2014)

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