No pissing match intended. All I wanted to point out is that the various naval museums in the USA run a serious deficit.
Last week we boarded the OLYMPIA. There were only the two of us aboard the cruiser. I paid $10 senior citizen rate. In NYC the USS INTREPID draws close to 1,000,000 visitors per year.
The USS YORKTOWN in South Carolina is in very serious trouble. They received $9,000,000 in tax payer guaranteed funding. They need $100,000,000 to fix up YORKTOWN. South Carolina also wants the OLYMPIA.
The NEW JERSEY needs $40,000,000 in repairs.
People who get a ship from the USN and intend to start up some museum are in for a big surprise. I think they grossly overestimate the number of visitors and revenue and underestimate costs. When it goes belly up, the tax payer has to step in.
I toured IOWA when she came to NYC in the 1980's. Nice boat, then.
As an aside, the USS CONSTITUTION is an active warship in the US Navy. It will sail July 4th!
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