On Monday morning the Donner, a 59-year-old dock landing ship, became the fifth vessel to leave the James River Reserve Fleet this year. Built by the Naval Shipyard in Boston in 1945, the Donner transported landing craft from Norfolk to New York and later took part in training exercises in the Caribbean. In 1959, the ship took part in Operation Inland Sea, the first passage of a Navy task force into the Great Lakes through the newly dedicated St. Lawrence Seaway. Decommissioned in 1970, the Donner is now on a two-week journey to All Star Metals in Brownsville, Texas - part of a $2.4 million contract to dismantle three ghost fleet ships.
Fred Hoffmann / James River Reserve Fleet, Marit