Tour the WWII Ship Coming to Dubuque This Week
The USS LST 325 World War II ship will be in Dubuque this week, giving visitors an up close look into the inner workings of one of our nation's most endurable ships of an era gone by.
The website Travel Dubuque says this is one of the last remaining WWII LST (Landing Ship, Tank) that served as an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores.
It will be docked August 23, 2018 - August 27, 2018 and will be open for public tours 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There are special group tours from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
According to the website, "this particular LST was originally known as LST-325 during the second World War, USNS LST-325 during its arctic operations in the 1950’s, and later L-144 (A/G Syros) while it was in the service of the Greek Navy. It was acquired by The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc., in 2000, and caught considerable public attention when the veteran crew with an average age of 72 brought it on a 6,500-mile journey from the Greek island of Crete to Mobile, AL"
Today this ship is permanently docked in Evansville, IN. Once a year it travels to destinations throughout the United States for people to board and tour. Travel Dubuque said that this is the first time ever the ship has been this far north.