While Amsterdam turns its waterways into livable communities, at least one group in Oregon wants to give water habitation its own look by retrofitting an aircraft carrier for something other than just a museum.
The USS Ranger Foundation group touts its plan to bring the eponymous aircraft carrier to the shores of Fairview, Ore., east of Portland on the Columbia River, and says the ship will feature new space for conventions, educational opportunities and even offices, all while serving as a dramatic tourist draw to the region, according to a report in the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon.
Turning a 1,046-foot ship into something more than a museum will certainly signify a new rebrand for the carrier and provide not only initial construction jobs, but also potentially long-lasting jobs for the area, according to the foundation.
With plenty of big-name politicians behind the effort, the last remaining major hurdle sits at—you can guess this one pretty easily—scraping up enough money to get the ship from Bremerton, Wash., to Oregon and then fixed up all nice and pretty for its new use. The group says it needs $15 million and doesn’t even have $1 million yet. But with hundreds behind the effort, the plan isn’t dead in the water (sorry, had to use that one).
Commissioned in 1957, the ship was used during war and now waits for the foundation. But only until 2015. If the foundation can’t get things together to bring the carrier to Oregon, then the Ranger gets pieced out for salvage.
While the USS Ranger’s move to Oregon is obviously a work in progress, the possibility of it making not only the trip, but then undergoing a conversion complete with ancillary infrastructure should at least pique the interest of contractors in the area looking for something a touch more unique to tackle.