BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II-era U.S. Navy cruiser serving as a floating museum on Buffalo’s Lake Erie waterfront is getting a topside makeover.
The Buffalo News reports that workers recently began replacing the USS Little Rock’s wooden deck. The crews are tearing up the pressure-treated lumber covering the 70-year-old warship’s deck and replacing it with a long-lasting vinyl-type covering.
The Little Rock is part of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, which also includes two other World War II Navy vessels: the USS The Sullivans, a destroyer, and the USS Croaker, a submarine.
The decommissioned Little Rock’s wood-planked deck has been exposed to Buffalo harsh winter weather since it arrived in the late 1970s.
So far, $275,000 in donations and grants are secured for the half-million-dollar project.