Navy museum opened on Bremerton waterfront
The Puget Sound Navy Museum officially opened its doors at its new location on the Bremerton waterfront, Aug. 24.
The 111 year old Historic building 50 from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) was moved and refurbished to house the museumsí exhibits. This was the museums 5th move in 52 years of operation.
“Someone told me the good news that we had secured building 50,” said Bremerton City Mayor Cary Bozeman. “The bad news is I went over and toured it. We walked around the building and it was in pretty severe disrepair and I wasnít even sure we could move it.”
Congressman Norm Dicks reflected on Pearl Harbor and how a lot of the ships damaged in the attacks on Pearl Harbor were brought to PSNS to get repaired.
“One of the reasons this is so important is sometimes people forget what happened during World War II when Pearl Harbor occurred and all these ships were damaged,” said Dicks. “Many of them came back here to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard working 24/7 during that time to restore the ships. You know, a lot of people lived in Bremerton their entire life and never really get a chance to go into the shipyard.”
The museum feature several different exhibits including USS Parche (SSN 683), Ship yard art, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Room, Shipyard workers, Dry dock theater, History on Building 50 and it also has a gift shop.
“When I walked into the museum I thought it was a great way to honor those who came before us,” said Capt. Daniel Peters, commander PSNS and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. “What a great use of the old building. I think this is a connection between the city and the shipyard, which has been longed for throughout the years.”
In all it took 30 months to plan and complete the operation of moving the museum along with help from congress who helped get $1.6 million to renovate, $200,000 to move in and another $1 million a year to operate the museum.
Aviation Boatswains Mate Fuel 2nd Class Michael Duckwall, USS John C. Stennis happened to find a picture of himself working during operations in the Persian Gulf.
“When I saw that picture, I though it was pretty amazing,” said Duckwall. “I just hope it will stay there for a while so my children can bring their children back and come into the Stennis room and see what I was a part of.”
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