Buffalo’s WWII-era battle cruiser getting new deck

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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.

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