August 17, 1999
The City of Norfolk was elated to learn that the Navy approved the berthing of the USS WISCONSIN at the The National Maritime Center - Nauticus
It is estimated that it will take some 12 to 16 months before the battleship Wisconsin will be moved into place. To quote the Virginia Pilot "the basin beside Nauticus will have to be dug out as much as 15 feet deeper, removing about 185,000 cubic yards of river bottom. That's enough to cover a football field with a pile of muck 80 feet deep"
The cost for dredging and moving the ship is in the neighborhood of $5.8 million which will be paid by the Navy. The Navy will maintain the ship since she is still in a class "B" reserve status.
As more information becomes available, it will be listed on this page.
Below are three different views of what the waterfront will look like when the Wisconsin is berthed at the Nauticus.
Click on each picture for a larger view.
November 14, 1999
On Sunday morning, November 14, 1999, Richard Conti, Director of the
National Maritime Center-Nauticus-in Norfolk, VA. held a meeting. In attendance were
George Miller, Association President, Carl Capestrain, Vice President, Dave Patrykus,
Treasurer, Bill Henson, Editor of our "BADGER", Dick Hamann, Recording
Secretary, Dom Menta, Historian/Curator, Webmaster, Ronald Keys, Special Assistant to City
Manager, Shurl Montgomery, Assistant City Manager, Charles Hartig, Office of the Mayor,
RADM, SC, USN (RET), John Anthony Jones, Norfolk Convention
Following the meeting we were invited by Howard Webb, President of Webb Technologies and the President of the National Maritime Center Foundation to join him on his boat, Mariner IV for a cruise along the historic Elizabeth River to see Wisconsin. We cruised along side of her. Boy, she is still beautiful.
Monday morning at 8:30 am we were escorted by bus to Pier 21 to see the Wisconsin. The media was both at the gate and on board the ship taking pictures and conducting interviews with all of us. We took a walking tour with Mayor Fraim, his staff, Councilmen Mason Andrews and Randy Wright, and city and state officials, including Delegate Thelma Drake and Senator Nick Rerras, and numerous representatives from the local media.
The eight crewmembers that walked her decks that morning were just in awe, bringing back memories of so long ago. It's always a thrill to stand on her deck and reminisce. We were so lucky to have served on this magnificent ship.
That afternoon we had lunch with Mayor Fraim and his staff. The Mayor informed us that a USS Wisconsin Foundation has been set up. George Miller, Association President was appointed as secretary and Carl Capestrain, Vice President is on the Board of Directors. Mayor Fraim brought out at the luncheon how the City of Norfolk and the USS Wisconsin Association can work together to present this ship to the public in the best way possible.
As for the time frame for presenting the ship to the public, it is on schedule for December 2000.
Following are pictures taken on this two-day visit to Norfolk, Virginia.
All pictures taken with a digital camera by Dom Menta (except #
Visit the City of Norfolk, the future home of our beloved ship.
February 7, 2000
March 16, 2000
June 14, 2000
JULY 18, 2000
Random photos of Wisconsin at Nauticus.
A new look for Nauticus. Cruise ships, on a limited schedule, are now leaving and returning from The National Maritime Center-Nauticus
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