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Ear to the Ground

First Supercarrier USS Forrestal Sold for a Penny, Heads to the Scrap Yard

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Posted on Feb 4, 2014

U.S. Navy

It cost an estimated $218 million in 1950s dollars, and was taken off the Navy’s hands for next to nothing.

The USS Forrestal began its voyage from Pennsylvania to Texas on Tuesday.

It once hosted aviator John McCain, and witnessed a terrible fire that burned for 16 hours and killed 134 sailors.

The Navy tried to turn the ship into a museum or memorial, but got no takers. And now she heads for the scrap heap, by way of the Gulf of Mexico.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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