photos courtesy of Louisville Naval Museum Facebook page
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Hackensack NJ, the USS Ling has been stuck in Hackensack, NJ since 2015 in the Hackensack river ,near the old Bergen Record building . The group USS LING SS 297 plans to move her to Indiana for much needed drydock, and create a new naval museum (Louisville Naval Museum) with Ling as the main attraction.
The group USS LING SS 297 ,started as a small group in the summer of 2019, with the idea of saving the Ling. Since then we have grown larger. We are active duty military, veterans, first responders, and civilians with a passion for history.
The group’s main fundraiser is : https://www.gofundme.com/f/saving-the-ling-damage-assessment
This Saturday the group had an ,” extremely successful workday on Ling today! We added to our MBT blow manifold, started removing silt from the inside of our ballast tanks, Eng played with the workboat, removed the tree that was wedged under the boat on the port side, more welding was accomplished and Dave Prieto brought the ships (not so) potable water back up on line. We’re extremely thankful for all the support from our amazing volunteers and from Northeast Public Safety Divers; we wouldn’t be where we are today with all the help. ”
Updates can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/USSLing
It’s been a rough, difficult year for the USS Ling , Louisville was dropped from Ling`s destination. LNM`s goal is to move the Ling to drydock, repair her and then find a suitable place to set her up for all to continue to enjoy and learn from. A second location was chosen , across the river to Jeffersonville, Indiana and the old Jeffboat facility that was closed. We were welcomed. ACBL, the parent company gave us an offer to set up at a pier and use a building. Unfortunately the company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and their CEO would be forced out into retirement. The group lost its footing in the door with them as they restructured and they decided the Jeffboat facility was better served as being harvested for scrap by a leasing company. So we lost that facility.