Mar 17, 2010 11:30 AM by Letitia Walker

Lake Charles to Vote on Keeping WWII Ship

 LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles City Council has
scheduled a vote Wednesday on whether to give a permanent berth to
the USS Orleck, a World War II-era destroyer.
      The Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Charles voters would have
to approve a lakefront site.
      Supporters plan to bring the ship temporarily whether or not the
city approves an agreement with the ship's supporters.
      It's to be towed on Friday from Orange, Texas, to a Calcasieu
River spot where a Lake Charles businessman will let it stay free.
      After 37 years in the U.S. Navy, the Orleck was given to the
Turkish Navy. In 2000, it was towed from Turkey to Orange to be
refurbished as a war museum.
      Ron Williams of the Orleck's Louisiana chapter says it costs
$10,000 a month to dock it in Orange.


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