May 06, 2016

Museum Ship Leaves the Washington Navy Yard- but you can see her go!


A piece of U.S. Naval history is leaving the District.

It’s "anchor's away!" to ex-USS Barry (DD-933), which has been a museum ship at the Washington Navy Yard since the early 1980s and site of many promotions and retirements from her berth adjacent to the Navy Museum.

Navy Lieutenant Luke Adams with Navy Support Activity in Washington says tug boats will tow the Barry to Philadelphia. He says all the ships’ internal systems have been in layup and out of commission, so the ship cannot move on its own power.

The ship will begin its journey around 7 a.m. Saturday.

It will pass Yards Park, and the best place to see it will be west of the entrance to the Washington Navy Yard Riverwalk.


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Barry will be dismantled and sold for scrap. There has been no official announcement about a future replacement museum ship.

The destroyer earned two battle stars in Vietnam and was deployed in the LANTCOM AOR during the Cuban missile crisis. She is departing the Navy Yard due to improvement to bridges across the Anacostia River which will not permit her future departure.