Bringing LST 325 to Pittsburgh
LST 325 is a refurbished World War II Landing Ship Tank (LST) that has a home down the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana. It regularly makes visits to other ports along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. No reason it can not make it up the Ohio for a visit. Assuming the locks and dams make it into the future.
Pittsburgh during World War II became a major shipbuilding enterprise. Firms like American Bridge and Dravo converted themselves into shipyards and produced hundreds of these LST's, even Destroyer Escorts and all sorts of smaller vessels. LST's would form the backbone of amphibious operations from D-Day to all of the operations in the Pacific. I bet there still are among us a lot of the workers who built those ships. Time is fleeting though. Imagine giving a lot of our parents the opportunity to see the product of their work now 60+ years ago. It's a story about Pittsburgh in World War II, but also a story of women in the workforce. The iconic Rosie the Riveter was here as much as anywhere else in the nation.
The picture here is the launching of LST-750 launched in Pittsburgh on May 30, 1944 from the Dravo Shipyard. LST-750 would have a long glorious career and be sunk just 6 months later at the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Of course getting that to happen is not the simplest. Need some bigger sponsors than just me of course. Money to bring the ship here is not cheap. I think the whole Pgh250 thing displaced any resources for things like this for several years. That and the bias in a lot of that against our industrial past made it hard to get traction. Now resources are bad all around so I am not sure there is anything going to happen in the immediate future. And the ships sailing schedule gets filled up into the future.