USS Duluth at Esco Marine - Video & Photo's

USS Duluth at ESCO Marine

Brownsville, Texas

    In early January of 2014, eight former crewmembers were invited to board the USS Duluth one last time.   Below is a thorough accounting of that experience consisting of 1,300+ still photographs in all.   We wish to thank Esco Marine for providing us with a truly once in a lifetime experience.   This is our attempt to share the experience with you, the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association.

    Two videos taken during the tour of the ship in Esco Marine are below the link to the pictures.

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    The images on this page and all those to which access is provided via this page are the property of the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association and are provided here for viewing only.   Any use, reproduction, or broadcast of any kind that is not specifically authorized by the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association in writing is strictly prohibited and will be subject to legal prosecution. 

    Below, are two videos that were shot by members of the "Boarding Party" during the visit to the ship in ESCO Marine, just prior to the ship being scrapped. The videos are "raw," having been shot with camcorders that were simply left running as the shipmates moved throughout various parts of the ship.

Final Disposition

    The USS Duluth was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register (NVR) September 28, 2005.   The ship remained in San Diego for four months, then towed to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI in 2006.

    The USS Duluth was subsequently sold to Esco Marine, Inc. of Brownsville, Texas on September 17, 2013 for scrap.   She was towed by the tug Simone operated by TradeWinds Towing, LLC from the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Pearl Harbor, HI to Brownsville, TX via the Panama Canal beginning October 25, 2013.    Due to canal width restrictions, the overhanging Flight Attending deck was removed prior to her transit.   The transit through the Canal took place from December 13-15, 2013.    She arrived at Esco Marine's facility in Brownsville, Texas on December 27, 2013.

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