Before Canalside, there was a military park. The park and its iconic ships have seen a lot of action over the years, and now, one of the stars of the attraction – the USS Sullivans – is in danger of sinking. Buffalo and Erie County naval fleet officials say they urgently need to raise $ 100,000 to repair the emergency corps to save the ship.
Given that the pandemic has disrupted the flow of visitors in recent months and generated lost revenue, the news couldn’t have come at a worse time. Mix the challenges, ice and snow this winter and strong winds have also had a negative impact on the boat, which is now listed on one side.
“Regular maintenance of hulls with ships of this age is necessary,” said Paul Marcello, president and CEO of Buffalo and Erie County Military and Naval Park. “The severe winter weather in Buffalo has severely damaged the hull of the USS The Sullivans under the water line and the ship is getting water. It is currently on the port’s list of significant. ”.
Marcello noted that there are plans to start the summer of 2021 with a long-term renovation of the Sullivan corps, a 78-year-old Fletcher-Class destroyer. As Park waits for funding from a number of sources, crews are now pumping water out of the boat to prevent further damage, including drowning.
“We expect another four to six weeks of severe weather ahead, so there will be even more damage to the building. At this point, the ship will require $ 100,000 for emergency repairs until we begin long-term repairs. We want to help raise $ 100,000 from people. We need all the hands on the deck to help, ”Marcello added.
The Marine Park is the largest inland marine museum in North America and welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year. The USS The Sullivans are an integral part of this formula – the boats in the Park are synonymous with the Buffalo coast. Traveling to see these boats is a privilege for many Buffalo youth.
In July 2020, the Marine Park launched a major fundraising campaign called All Hands On Deck to raise money to support Park operations. Given the urgent need to pay for emergency repairs to the corps, Nahri Park is expanding its “All Hands on the Ship” campaign to solicit donations from the public. Contributions can be made safely online keepourshipsafloat.org or by contacting the Marine Park at 716-847-1773.