Anchor ~ USS Chicago at Chicago Navy Pier
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BigPapaMark
N 41° 53.512 W 087° 35.915
16T E 450342 N 4637943
Quick Description: This anchor is from the USS Chicago CA-136 and is on permanent display on the Chicago Navy Pier
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 4/27/2010 8:25:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM8PDB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 11

Long Description:
The dedication plaque best discribes the anchor and how it got to be.

This eight-ton anchor is from the third warship named after the city of Chicago. The first “Chicago” was part of the Great White Fleet and saw service from 1889 to 1928. The second was commissioned in 1931 and, after distinguished service in World War II was sunk by enemy action in 1943 in the Guadalcanal area. The third “Chicago,” from which this anchor was salvaged, was commissioned in 1945 as a heavy cruiser and, after World War II action, was converted to a guided missile cruiser (CG-11). She saw service in Vietnam and received the Navy Unit Commendation. She was 671 feet long with a 71 foot beam, and displaced 17,700 tons. She was decommissioned in 1980.

The anchor is dedicated as a memorial to each ship named “Chicago” and to the thousands of men and women who served their nation in maritime service.
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