I’ve written about “second lives” and renaming. Among those are vessels or parts (like engines) that steam on after decommissioning. Patricia Ann fits that. So does the vessel below.

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Built for the Navy at Jakobsen‘s in Oyster Bay and launched in November 1943, it took part in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, served in the Pacific, and then it retired to the Great Lakes. I bore the name Major Elisha K. Henson and John F. Nash (or Nash) before reverting to LT-5. See vintage fotos. Now it lives in Oswego on Lake Ontario, repainted its original gray.

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LT-5 docks in front of the museum at the port of Oswego.  It took part in the shooting down of a Nazi Focke Wulfe fighter over Omaha Beach. See a link here, thanks to Bill K.

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11/11/1918 at 11 am: Armistice Day aka Veteran’s Day. Float on, veteran.

Fotos here, Will Van Dorp

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