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Note:  Be sure to read the comments in part a, esp the very long and personal one by Bill W. 

Of those vessels, now there are none  This plaque remains just off 9W, right across the river from Indian Point.

Two of the vessels huddled there for awhile (probably longer than their actual period of service) included sister vessels  USS Wakefield (AP-21) aka SS Manhattan and USS Mount Vernon (AP-22) aka SS  Washington.  Both were older sisters (by two decades)  of United States Lines’ SS United States.

Here’s an aerial view of the ghosts, quite visible in my estimation at the time the foto was taken.

Many thanks to Harold Tartell and Joseph Herbert for these enlightening fotos.  And thanks for the comments some of you have sent in;  I’m eager to hear more and see more fotos, possibly of these vessels being moved downriver to the American scrapyards.  Read this article from Sea Classics on the impetus to build and then maintain these vessels.

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