The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park was already facing a difficult offseason due to lost revenue from the pandemic. Now, harsh Buffalo winter weather and damaging winds have created a serious situation for the largest inland naval museum in North America. USS The Sullivans (DD-537), a 78-year old Fletcher-Class destroyer and major attraction at the Naval Park, is in danger of sinking unless emergency repairs can be made to her hull.
The harsh Buffalo winter weather has severely damaged the hull of USS The Sullivans below the waterline so there is significant water coming into the ship. She is currently listing to port quite noticeably. If we cannot repair the hull and stop the water, she will sink.
The Naval Park has a plan for long-term repair to the hull of The Sullivans that was scheduled to begin in the summer of 2021. With a cost of more than $1,000,000, the Naval Park is awaiting final funding from a number of sources.
The Naval Park is using pumps to remove water from the ship, however we are struggling to keep up and more damage could occur. We expect another four to six weeks of tough weather ahead, so there is potential for even more hull damage. At this point the ship requires $100,000 in emergency repairs just to keep her afloat until we can begin long-term repairs. We are asking for help from the public to raise the $100,000. We need All Hands on Deck! Please consider making a donation in any amount.