Army & Navy - NAVY: Not Junk

Since February, midtown New Yorkers have looked glumly or angrily out of their west windows at the hulk of the great U.S.S. Lafayette, née Normandie, slumbering sow-like on her left flank in the Hudson River mud. All over the huge, ravaged hull workmen have been clambering, dissecting the dead thing, hauling away in antlike loads the three smokestacks and most of the two upper decks. People thought salvage was under way.

Not so. It had not been decided whether the stricken ship should be scrapped or salvaged. Only last week did a special committee of maritime experts decide definitely that salvage...

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