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New Museum Proposed for Indian River Inlet

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The USS Forrest Sherman is now docked in Philadelphia, but the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation wants to make it a historical museum. The USS Forrest Sherman is now docked in Philadelphia, but the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation wants to make it a historical museum.

INDIAN RIVER INLET, Del.- A 12,000 ton, fast, attack destroyer ship used by the Navy in World War II could be coming to the Indian River Inlet.  The USS Forrest Sherman is now docked in Philadelphia, but the USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation wants to make it a historical museum.

The ship could not be moved to Sussex County until the Indian River Inlet bridge is completed, not expected until late 2011. The Fort Miles Historic Association of Lewes said it is a great idea to bring it here to the supplement the Army museum in the works of being built at Fort Miles.

"We will be a bunkered Army museum with a Navy component.  There will be a floating Navy museum and this area will become a Delaware destination," said Gary Wray, president of the Fort Miles Historic Association.

Wray said it would not only make the area a destination for tourists, but history buffs and tour groups as well.  Scott Thomas, the executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism said, "Something like that could attract military minded and other fraternal organizations in coming to our area for meetings and conferences."

If the ship does come to Delaware, Wray said that jobs would be created to maintain the ship and work the museum.  Refurbishing the ship alone would cost up to $10 million. The plans for who will fund that and maintain the ship are still to be decided. 

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