So I was driving across the industrial canal the other day when I happened to catch a glimpse of a ship moored at the Lake Ponchartrain end. Lots of ships here, being one of America's largest seaports, but this one, what little I could see of it, had the sharp prow and superstructure of a warship. Those are NOT common here.
So yesterday I did a bit of exploring and found myself at the gate of the EMR scrap yard. I could see the ship back in there, but how to get to it? These places typically have pretty good security.
Sure enough, not two minutes into me reconnoiter, I was approached by their security guard, who wanted to know what I was doing there. Well screw it--I'm already blown, so I tried something new: I asked him about the ship. He said that it came in a few weeks ago for scrapping and that it was a "Desert Storm ship", but he didn't know anything else about it. I asked him if I could take a look at the ship and he threw me a bone and let me drive inside their outer fence to "turn around" so I could leave.
And I got these shots.
Coming home, a little internet snoopery turned up the information that this ship is the Ticonderoga-class cruiser, ex-Thomas S. Gates, (CG-51), being scrapped by EMR here in the city, the last of five warships that they were contracted to dispose of.
A sad end to a ship that only served for 18 years.
More on ex-Thomas S. Gates here.