- Associated Press - Saturday, December 26, 2015

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Officials are racing to fix the leaky deck of a retired U.S. aircraft carrier that now functions as a museum in the San Francisco Bay Area, a newspaper reported.

The U.S.S. Hornet’s 100,000-square-foot teak flight deck has multiple leaks that need to be addressed before the arrival of what is expected to be heavy rain caused by El Nino, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday (https://sfchron.cl/1RLuEtw ).

“We have to do something quickly,” said Jill Rapposelli, executive director of the foundation that owns the ship now docked in Alameda.

Water has pooled in areas where the deck has opened up and even seeped down below, where it has damaged floor tiles and walls, the Chronicle reported.

The foundation has hired a contractor who is applying a coating to the deck that is expected to serve as a fix for the next couple of years. The cost of the project is $800,000.

The Navy vessel served during World War II, when it was used against Japanese aircraft. It later recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule and the first men to walk on the moon.

The deck, which consists of multiple layers, has not undergone any major repairs since the ship was retired in 1970, according to the Chronicle.

The money for the project is coming from grants and the ship’s supporters, though they are still about $125,000 short.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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