JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After several delays, the USS Orleck opened to visitors on Wednesday and is now docked at Pier 1 at 610 East Bay St.
Due to electrical issues, the original starting date was pushed back for repairs.
“We were really hoping to be open this week, but with any other large project there were a couple of snags,” Jim Webb said. He’s the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Naval Museum. Webb said electrical contractors worked on power issues which have been fixed.
Bosun mate Schwartz served on the USS Orleck in the 70s during the Vietnam War. He drove from Mobile, Alabama with his daughter to see the ship.
“It just really made me proud when a gentleman said that yeah I served on this ship,” Webb said. “[He said] I celebrated my 18th birthday in the navy on this ship.”
The plan is to make the area the ‘museum district’ with the fire museum already on the property and the eventual techniques for MOSH to relocate.
The Museum will be open to the public Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
You can learn more information on the opening through the Jacksonville Naval Museum website.
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