SHE participated in WWII at Normandy!
Based on this prose posted in the wardrooms of most U.S. naval ships:
A ship is called a she because there is always a great deal of bustle around her; there is usually a gang of men about; she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her good-looking; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly; and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hiders her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.”
Well, SHE had many different lives, making her history only the more interesting! Who is she?
The wooden double hull, ocean going tug originally named the US ARMY LT-371! Now being renamed as the TUG MIKI. She participated at the Landing in Normandy, now she urgently needs to be towed to a dry dock for refurbishing. Wouldn't it be appropriate for the city of Antwerp -only out of respect for her liberating Europe- to enable and facilitate her sailing? Otherwise this WWII relic soon will be reduced to pieces to make way for... a concrete highway.
We can NOT make this happen! Can we?
Instead of destroying one of the remaining vessels from 'The Forgotten Fleet of Sixty-One' (book edited by John Benthien), she ultimately could go and be exploited as a unique location for receptions (up to 240 people), large diners, expositions, press conferences, product displays, and much more. (in the unique large room as digitally rendered above)
A big surprise indeed, in the European port of Antwerp - Belgium!
Go to see the first steps towards her new life, on http://www.slideshare.net/EricParein/tug-miki
Also 'Miss Stacy tugboat in trouble fights from getting sucked under bridge'. There comes a River Tug to the rescue! On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-65_DKUv3ks
Please sign the petition and join the party... on board!