Visit the LST 325 Before Its Month-Long ‘Vacation’ Cruise
The LST 325 will depart from her Evansville home port at 8am on Monday, August 26th, for her annual “vacation” to visit other cities. The ship will travel to Charleston and Huntington, W.V. and Madison, IN during the next three weeks. The last stop will be at the Owensboro, KY, riverfront for their air show on September 21 and 22.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will join the LST crew in Owensboro for the final leg of the journey. The LST 325 will arrive home in Evansville on Monday, September 23, at approximately noon. The exact time of arrival will depend on the time it takes the ship to pass through the lock at Newburgh Dam and on weather conditions.
These trips are part of the mission of the USS LST Ship Memorial Board to maintain the ship as a moveable museum to honor and celebrate the courage and bravery of those who served aboard LSTs during WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. In the past, the ship has visited river port cities in Pennsylvania, Illinois and along the Eastern Seaboard. The effort to take this memorial ship to the people in cities where LSTs were built during the 1940s has attracted thousands to tour the ship. The visits are an important as a source of revenue for the ship.
When the LST 325 returns to Evansville on September 23, she will resume normal hours for tours later that week. The ship is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on the ship’s travel plans, contact the Evansville Convention & Visitors Center at (812)412-2200. For information on the LST 325, visit their website at www.LSTMemorial.org.