The Dismantling of USS Esteem (MSO-438)

These pictures were provided by "Friends of USS Enhance"

June 26, 2000.....The Esteem is due to be broken up in the next few days - the Enhance next week. The last MSOs they demolished only lasted a few days after they were taken out of the water. Both ships vanished altogether by the middle of July.

Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine
Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine.
Picture taken June 26, 2000

Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine
Picture taken June 26, 2000
Hey, that bucket looks like it is in the middle of upper berthing, ouch, there goes my rack!

The ESTEEM being mauled by shipbreaking equipment after being hauled up on the shipbuilding ways at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard
The ESTEEM being mauled by shipbreaking equipment after being hauled up on the shipbuilding ways at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard
Courtesy of Sea Classics Magazine

Another view of the quickly vanishing ESTEEM.  The claw soon moved inside the ship's carcass and began to rip out the interior compartments.
Another view of the quickly vanishing ESTEEM. The claw soon moved inside the ship's carcass and began to rip out the interior compartments. Great skill was needed by the operator not to tip the entire structure over. The hulk set quite precariously on the blocks, and while working, a piece of metal did pierce the safety glass around the operator.
Courtesy of Sea Classics Magazine

An aft view looking forward as the claw and cutters pull apart the ship.
An aft view looking forward as the claw and cutters pull apart the ship.
Courtesy of Sea Classics Magazine

Within three hours there would be nothing left of the ESTEEM.  Here the props, struts and rudder can be seen, but will soon be torn loose and trucked away.  It was a sad ending for a near one-half century of service.
Within three hours there would be nothing left of the ESTEEM. Here the props, struts and rudder can be seen, but will soon be torn loose and trucked away. It was a sad ending for a near one-half century of service.
Courtesy of Sea Classics Magazine

The following pictures were provided by NavSea.

Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine
Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine.

Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine

Undergoing scrapping at Crowley Marine


 
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