A couple articles on the USS Olympia and her fate
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Soon after the Olympia's decommissioning in the 1920s , there was a push by John J Cochran, a congressman from Missouri, to have the Olympia preserved as a monument. His plan was to move her to Washington DC, encase her hull in concrete and have the Office Public Buildings and Public Parks maintain her. The plan failed, first due to the depression, and later to basic political squabbling. (USS Olympia, Herald of Empire, by Benjamin Franklin Cooling.)
I hate the thought of warships set like models in concrete, but in the long term it is far less expensive. I guess it comes down to lose it or keep what you can for future generations. Given her current state of preservation, it may be an idea worth revisiting - if all else fails.
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With all of the so-called stimulus overspending going on for utterly stupid projects, this is actually something worthwhile
Posted 08 June 2010 - 05:49 PM
Hardly anyone. The Sons of Spanish American War Veterans is pretty much a shell organization now. There are next to no re-enacting groups dedicated to that time period. There was a very brief surge of re-enacting interest for the centennial years in the 90s, but that died out very quickly afterward. You can find online listing of re-enacting groups, but many of them havenít been updated in years and I know for a fact several of them have been long since disbanded. Sure, there are still SOME people into it. But not too darned many. The war lacks the ďfan baseĒ that the Civil War has, I guess possibly because visiting the battlefield locations is either expensive, dangerous or downright illegal for Americans today.
Realistically though, who is out there for the Spanish American War veterans?
It isnít just there. Iíve heard this in other places as well, that history teachers think that kids canít possibly relate to anything beyond their parentís generation, if even then. I was at a recent multi-era event, talking about the Span-Am Rough Rider impression Iím putting together, and being told that people canít relate to that time period anymore.
At a Memorial day event that I had a display at, a South Carolina junior high schoolteacher told me that in the last several years it has come up more than once to stop teaching any HISTORY that is over 50 years old!
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Let that outdated tub go to sea and become a reef..................but make sure that all of the profesional historians with thier advanced degrees who cannot keep her afloat are in her brig doing 45and 45 when she starts to list and make her voyage to the bottom....a reef?.... that is sick....stand on those bronze foot prints and tell me that the Cruiser Olympia is not a NATIONAL treasure. On top of that..for a "proffesional" to say that they cannot maintain her and she shouldbecome a reef is ignorant just give it back to its original owner.. a reef..WOW I am very sorry to sound so ignorant but we have a whole bunch of highly esteemed pros who are missing one thing...being trained by a man who was trained by a man who was trained by a man who was trained by a man who was trained by a man who walked the decks of a great white fleet ship or a WW1 ship or a WW2 ship ....am I stupid ..yes a little bit and no I do not hate all proffesional historians but there are a group of them who are book shmart and do not really get it and trust me when I say that all of the typos just bring home the point that I have no degree just the tutalage of a long succesion of men who have tasted a lot of salt laden air.
Sorry to those I have offended, it is just a reflection and really sad.
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