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):, 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 You can see it on Google Maps at,-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 – and it’s probably safe from flood issues as it’s on dryland. You can learn more about it at 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 That site also has some information on the Inaugural:

You can also learn more about the Hazard: They have a Facebook page for the Hazard:

Google Maps for the Hazard:’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.


About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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