Sunday, November 25, 2007

Having a Pet Aircraft Carrier

Some of you might remember the efforts made a while back to bring the old aircraft carrier Midway(?) to Humboldt Bay. It was proposed as both a tourist attraction and as a place for businesses and maybe even conventions.

I was skeptical, although the idea was a bit intriguing. I found it hard to believe people would come all the way to Eureka just to see an old aircraft carrier. There were a number of people that really believed in it, though. Regardless, that idea just seemed to go by the wayside, for better or worse.

Can't really say it would have been for better, even after reading a story in today's Times- Standard on the fate of the carrier Hornet. Unfortunately, I can't find the story online but it is available through the T-S' e- edition.

That carrier was finally berthed at Alameda and has been used as a museum of sorts for some time. Apparently, despite some 50,000 visitors per year, the carrier can't make ends meet and hasn't even paid its rent for four years.

As part of the Hornet's reorganization, they hired a Chief Executive Officer. One of the things he wants to do is move the ship over to San Francisco where there's "
other historic ships and a tourist base.".

I don't know that we're talking apples vs. oranges here, in regards to having an old carrier berthed in Eureka as opposed to Alameda. They might not be exactly the same thing, but they're pretty close, I would think. If some place like Alameda can't get something like the Hornet to be worth its while, it seems a stretch to think Humboldt Bay could.


At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly Fred. Humboldt is so remote that tourists only come here for the trees. And without passenger rail or other mass transit, that will be the case in perpetuity. No-growthers have won.

At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Fred!
Thank the Lord you take comments from anons again!
I was so lonely and sad!
You know who!

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Hornet a couple years back, it was really cool. You could definitely sense some history in that old ship. Even in the upper levels, the doors were short and rounded, the kind you had to step through, so they could isolate the water when waves broke over the ship [way up there]. There were some cool old aircraft, planes and jets, mounted machine guns of various caliber etc. One thing I remember is after we left everybody's clothes had that marine paint/fuel/ chemical smell. That old ship would be perfect moored down by the pulp mill.

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also the drive shaft in that ship was like 4 feet in diameter.

At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been wondering for years what happened to all the money that was donated to bring the Midway here. Anyone??

At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You NCRA stooges are out to lunch. Humboldt Bay will never be an industrial hub. It's just too remote. Blame geography, not those evil commie Clintonistas. Oh wait. You people blame liberals for everything. Sorry, carry on!


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