USNS GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK as she is nudged into a temporary berth at BAE Systems, San Francisco, prior to her final departure. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.

After nearly two weeks at San Francisco’s BAE Systems’ drydock where her hull was scraped free of lead-based paints and her valves tested for any sort of leaks, the majestic USNS GENERAL EDWIN D. PATRICK was lowered back into the water today and moved to a berth at the shipyard where she will rest until Saturday morning, May 1, when she will be towed to Brownsville, TX for scrapping. The PATRICK was retired in 1969 and has spent the past 41 years in layup in the Suisuin Bay reserve fleet. A full blog and mini-video will follow soon.

UPDATE:  The ship did not depart Saturday, May 1, as planned.  New departure tentatively set for Sunday, May 2.  Due to high winds off the coast of California, the departure has now been moved to Monday, May 3…

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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