My Lost Opportunity to Visit a Museum Ship

In 1990, I was in a conference in St. Louis, Missouri and I saw a museum ship was nearby. I didn’t have the money to visit and thought I would go back one day and visit it. But the 1993 flood destroyed any future opportunity to visit it. The ship was USS Inaugural (AM-242): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Inaugural_(AM-242), one of only two ships of its class that were still around in 1990. You can also learn more about it and its fate at http://ussinaugural.org/. You can see it on Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/place/USS+Inaugural-sunk+minesweeper/@38.6114738,-90.1902946,547m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x87d8b3000d4f5b93:0x29201eb9805c7011!8m2!3d38.6114738!4d-90.1881006.

The other surviving member of its class is the USS Hazard – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hazard_(AM-240) and it’s probably safe from flood issues as it’s on dryland. You can learn more about it at https://parks.cityofomaha.org/parks/freedom-park. It’s closed for the season and the park includes USS Marlin (SST-2) and a few other items:

Admission is free.

Tours are available most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through November. Please check the Freedom Park Facebook page (link below) for more information. View map and directions HERE.

Freedom Park serves as a United States Naval Museum on the Missouri River and is home of the USS Marlin SST-2 Submarine and the USS Hazard AM-240 Minesweeper, Anchor & Propeller Garden, Shipboard Rocket Launchers and a Douglas A-4D Skyhawk Jet Fighter and other aircraft.

More information on the Hazard can be found at https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/5305.html. That site also has some information on the Inaugural: https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/5307.html.

You can also learn more about the Hazard: https://museumships.us/minesweeper/hazard. They have a Facebook page for the Hazard: https://www.facebook.com/FREEDOMPARK.

Google Maps for the Hazard: https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B016’36.6%22N+95%C2%B054’05.9%22W/@41.2769353,-95.9018743,50m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m6!3m5!1s0x87938ff6ee1f9fed:0xdffc3e40021a4d06!2sFreedom+Park!8m2!3d41.2783917!4d-95.9013512!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.2768438!4d-95.901647.

 

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