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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:ROKS GANGWON DD922Added:Dec 03, 2016
Captured:December 03, 2016IMO:UnavailableHits:1,573
Location:Busan, Korea (South)
Photo Category: Scrapyard Ships
I've uploaded the photo of this Gearing-class destroyer as a museum before:

So, I had an idea that when a ship becomes a museum ship, especially a warship, that's it, her future is secured as countless feet of children on school trips would echo around her quarters, until...

Until I saw her at a breaking yard in Busan Dadaepo port.

This left me puzzled and sad at the same time. I know that museums like this don't survive on the money they make themselves, so they have to be subsidized. Here, it seems that someone turned off the funding, and here we go. She still looks as a museum ship she once was, but it's game over, as the cutting has already started...
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lappino on Dec 04, 2016 15:42 (2 years ago)
Thanks for your comment, REG.
This is the point, she's no longer preserved as a museum ship, courtesy of lack of funds and a cutting torch...
On her starboard side hull you can see a spray of sparks as the breakers are opening small "pilot" cutouts to enhance ventilation once the proper cutting will start. She still has tables and chairs on her heli-deck, and on the port side there's still a big panel with her brief history written in Korean. The history, however, that ends in December 2016.


REG on Dec 04, 2016 15:14 (2 years ago)
Originally USS William R. Rush (DD-714), commissioned in September 1945. She was completed just too late for service during WW-II. However, rather appropriately, she later served off Korea during the Korean War during 1951. In 1978 she was transferred to the South Korean Navy, from which she was finally decommissioned in 2000. She is currently preserved as a museum ship.
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