DEATH OF THE BARRETT!: I just this evening (13 JUN 07) learned
that the ship will be towed sometime in the next thirty days to Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake for destruction!
JUNE 07: Erhard Koehler is on the scene and working. He says that that tow is tentatively now scheduled for July 18th but
that there are many variables like the weather, bridge closures, movement of Navy ships, and the like. So many people who
have been associated with the ship have wanted to ride aboard or along that there are just too many to be accommodated. There
may be a site or two established to get a good view of the ship as she passes by and there may be a ship open house about
a week later for anybody who wants one last visit. I'll post here whatever information that I get.
24 JUN 2007: It's
beginning to dawn on me that perhaps I won't get back there for any of the "events". What with the relatively short notice
of things, the variables, the cost of plane tickets when you can't book sufficiently in advance, lodging, car rental, things
that I am committed to do here, family and friends emergencies, etc., I just may have to skip the "services". But, at least
for the moment, I'm planning on being there for at least some part of it all.
26 JUN 2007: No new news. My cost will
probably be about $1,000 what with flight, car rental, car park at LAX, hotel and food. So, maybe it's not in the cards for
me to be there but I'm still thinking.
28 JUN 2007: Erhard Koehler knows all the right people to try to get something
arranged and he is working on it. He says that the July 18 Tow date is firm subject only to those variables that beset the
plans of men. Erhard has a degree of authority over the SAVANNAH which is tied up at Norshipco and will have a great view
of the BARRETT as she passes by. Ehard says he will host a "pass in review" site on the SAVANNAH on the date of the tow. Many
of you know your way around there but many of us don't so I'll be posting more information and directions as things firm up
3 JUL 07: Nothing new to report. Have a happy 4th. Security will be low tomorrow so I'm going to sneak
aboard with my deck chair, bar-b-q, John Philip Sousa CD, and the like and have a bar-b-q up on the sundeck.
07: Tow still set for the 18th as far as I know. Since I haven't made any reservations yet, it seems highly unlikely that
I will be there for the tow. Have received no new information in the last ten days.
18 JUL 07: The tow was completed
today. It appears that all went smoothly. Pictures will be available soon. It looks doubtful also that many of us or any
of us will be allowed back on board or even close. But...