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History Bee: Intrepid Returns to its West Side home

Posted Thursday, October 16th, 2008 at 8:32 am by Edward in Media Buzz. More in 10036

On October 2, the USS Intrepid, home of the USS Intrepid Air and Space museum since 1982, returned to its permanent home on Pier 86 on the west side after a 2 year renovation in Bayonne and Staten Island. Long since being able to travel under its open power, the ship was towed from Staten Island back up the Hudson.

You may remember how back in November 2006, the initial move of the Intrepid out of Pier 86 was delayed for several weeks since it was stuck in 25 years worth of mud and muck, and took Navy divers several weeks to free the ship.   It is reported that the renovation includes the opening of areas of the ship never before open to the public, such as the crew living quarters.

The famed carrier was launched in 1943 in Newport News, Virginia and served in the Pacific in several tours of duty during World War II, and survived torpedo hits and kamikaze attacks. After the war, the ship supported the early occupation of Japan.

Over the years, the carrier received various upgrades and into the 1960’s , saw service in Vietnam and was used to recover Scott Carpenter’s Mercury capsule in 1962 and the first Gemini flight, Gemini 3, in 1965.

After the ship was decommissioned for the last time in 1974, real estate developer and philanthropist Zachary Fisher, a founder of the the Intrepid Museum Foundation saved the carrier, and established it as a museum.   In 1982, the ship opened in New York City as the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum.

These photos were taken from the Battery Park City promenade early the afternoon as the ship past.

More photos can be seen at here.

The museum and foundation at: The Intrepid Museum

The stated official reopening of the museum is November 8.

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