ADVANCE earned FIVE Battle Stars for service in Vietnam.
She was bought by (previous owner) who had it pulled to Richmond Calif where he dry docked it and started stripping. He only had one year to (strip it), so he and his helpers took the easiest parts to get to first. (Previous owner) lived on it ten years. They lived solely on the top deck.
In 1985 we bought it from him with the understanding we would move it from the Re-Rock Marina in San Pablo Bay. We moved it to west of Pittsburg California for two years, and then found an island out in the delta and moved it there. We do own the ship and the island and have lived on it ever since. We haven't done hardly anything on the outside but have fixed up about two thirds of the inside.
The engines, props, shafts and rudder have been removed.
The above pictures were taken 12/2002 by Rick Christie Sr.
The LUCID is now located at the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum in Stockton California.
In 1986, the Lucid was acquired by William Gardner, who towed it to Bradford Island where it was stripped of everything of value and used as a storage building. A hole was even cut into the port side near the waterline to use as a door. In September 2004, Gardner was killed and the following year his widow donated the ship to what eventually became the “Lucid MSO-458 Foundation.” Volunteers then began the monumental task of restoring the Lucid by removing the tons of junk that had accumulated over the years, repairing the hole in her side, and eliminating or covering most of the civilian modifications.
Realizing the enormity of the task of completely restoring a 700 ton vessel, the Foundation partnered with the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum and in November of 2011, Lucid was moved from Bradford Island to her current berth in Stockton, California at a pier of the former Naval Reserve Center on Monte Diablo Avenue, the current site of the San Joaquin Building Futures Academy. The ship is currently undergoing restoration by volunteers, students, and professionals as a museum ship. To date the CPO Quarters and Sickbay have been restored to show what is possible, and thousands of pieces of equipment are being procured or salvaged.
Upon return to its original appearance, Lucid will be moved to the historic downtown waterfront area and opened to the public to represent Stockton's maritime and shipbuilding history and honor the men and women who labored there and served aboard small vessels of the United States Navy.
Originally the owner had planned to make a Bed & Breakfast of the hull. Those plans did not work out. Now he plans to use it as a storage building.11/18/2002
The following pictures are courtesy of Bill Yates who took them in August of 2000, confirming the identity of the ship.
Bill Rouleau reports...we approached the remains of a MSO...and was able to look at the shore (port) side and verify the hull number which is 458, the LUCID. What a sad, sad site to see the condition she is in. I almost cried when I saw her present condition! She rides considerably higher out of the water with all, and I do mean all, metal removed. About the only thing left is the bronze stem, the bronze hawse pipes and the bollards. There is a "door" cut into the hull just above the present water line on the port side below the location of the 36' motor life boat.
The original owner had planned to make a Bed & Breakfast of the hull. Those plans fell through and the county wanted it out of their area. I spoke to the present owner. He towed it to it's present location and plans to use it as a storage building.
The white paint on the upper works is mostly peeled away. The pivot posts for the rudders are visible and the rudders and I assume the screws are gone. The chain plates and stays for the mast are missing. All ladders to the upper decks are gone. 12-2002
Gary Locke reports...We were in the shipyard in Alameda at the same time the Lucid was put in drydock to have it sheathing replaced in 1980. It was being made into a Doctors office with living quarters. 12-2002
The USS Embattle was previously in private hands for 16 years but has been disposed of.