USS Cabot was the last US CVL. We had loaned her to the Spanish, who returned her to us for preservation. She was eventually scrapped after some really nasty politics/egos.
My earlier point, which may have not been clear, is that museum ships run on money, lots of money. USS Hornet CV/CVA/CVS-12 is in the same area, and is going belly up. Perhaps a BB might survive on the West Coast, As there are no other BB's immediately available, but it will not survive on sentiment. To the average tourist, a ship is a ship is a ship, and with the numbers of museum ships currently in the Bay Area, one more is not only less likely to survive, but may well also take others down with her.
I have been involved with two museum ships for about a decade and a half, and the realities are a little bit scary. Saying 'save it' is easy, but paying for day to day upkeep is the real bear. Taking on another ship in today's economy would be difficult at best. The stand-alone museums in close proximity fight each other for the tourist dollar, and the 'fleet' museums, such as Patriot's Point in Charleston cannot charge enough per head for admission to support what they have. So far as local government support goes, the 'it brings tourists' argument doesn't really fly. Ships rarely bring people into an area in and of themselves. Sure, there are those few who are into ships, and the odd reunion, but those numbers are not terribly significant in the big picture. The ship draws money from people who would be in the area in any event, so there is not really a net gain of tourist dollars.
Also, I am not taking the negative position simply because it is on the other side of the country from me. I was not the least bit supportive when the idea was floated to bring USS Kitty Hawk to Wilmington, NC, and the reasons for that were the same as I outlined above, although BB-55 is not in financial trouble, another ship might have (and likely would have) dragged both down. It all comes back to the dollar, sadly.
1943 GPW 93517 "Basketcase"
1953 M-38A1 USAF
2008 Smart Passion
BB-55 USS North Carolina LHC
SS. John W. Brown LHD
C-2/3IN-199th LIB "Recreated Redcatchers"
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