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A World War II ship that participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach is scheduled to dock in Decatur at the end of summer, allowing for five days of public tours and a glimpse into history.
USS LST 325 Fast Facts Sheet
Docking in Decatur, AL
August 29, 2019 – Sept 3, 2019
What is this ship?
The last remaining fully functioning LST in the country. It served in WWII, in arctic operations in the 1950’s moved on to be of service in the Greek Navy until 2000 when it was brought back to the United States where it is now docked for 11 months of the year in Evansville, IN
LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both.
Today this ship is its own nonprofit and it tours the country to educate its visitors to the role of the LST in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Where will it be docked in Decatur?
Ingalls Harbor 701 Market St
When will it be in Decatur?
August 28, 2019: Ship arrives (set up day – not open to public)
August 29, 2019 – Sept 3, 2019: Open to the public for tours 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; school group tours 9-11 a.m.
Sept 4, 2019: -Departs Decatur for next port (no tours)
Tickets / Admission: How much, when can I purchase, what payment type is accepted?
Ages 18 and older: $10 per person
Ages 6-17: $5 per person
Ages 5 and under: free – NOTE Small children will have to be carried there is no accommodation for strollers
WWII and KOREAN WAR VETS GET IN FREE
Tickets can NOT be purchased in advance, only available for purchase day of
Cash, Check and Credit card will be accepted as form of payment
Where do admission fees go?
All admission fees go directly back to the ship to assist in operation costs, upkeep of the ship and to keep its home in Evansville, IN up to date.
Who can tour this ship and what is the max capacity of people touring at one time?
The public is welcome to tour the ship during the hours of operation listed above. All ages welcomed.
Max capacity of guests on the ship is about 4,000 per day or 600 per hour. If it appears that there are bottlenecks on the tour route, the admission of new visitors may be slowed to allow everyone a chance to enjoy the displays.
The tank deck is accessible for wheel chairs but there is no way to get persons in wheel chairs to other decks. There are 5 sets of ladders (stairs) that need to be used to complete the ships tour. The steps are open, so flat shoes, no heels are suggested.
There are no accessible, safe to use elevators on the ship for visitors.
As a historical ship, they are not required to be completely ADA compliant. They are historically accurate and impaired mobility is a problem for them. The tank deck has many displays and IS wheel chair accessible. They have had relatives with a go pro camera that feed back to their relative in a wheel chair as an option.
Service dogs are allowed. However, owners are cautioned that there are large crowds and that the ships surfaces of steel decks and open stair treads are not animal friendly. Owners are also requested to clean up after their animals as necessary.
Is there a security check point?
There is not a security person per se, but they will have signs saying the purses and back packs are subject to inspection. This can change prior to arrival in Decatur, AL.
Can you send me a brochure or information via mail?
The ship itself does not have brochures they mail out ahead of time. Decatur Morgan County Tourism has a rack card that can be mailed with our travel guide.
Each guest on the ship will receive a brochure when they board the ship describing the tour route passed out as visitors pay.
Can I get involved by volunteering?
Yes, volunteers will be needed every day that the ship is open while in the community. Please contact Decatur Morgan County Tourism at (256)350-2028 to learn more.
Can I sponsor this event or donate money to it outside of touring?
Yes, sponsorship levels are available and donations outside of general admission to the ship are very much welcomed. Please contact Owen Chapman 256-565-1930
Tickets for the benefit dinner featuring Congressional Medal of Honor Medal recipient Mike Rose available to purchase?
A limited number of tickets are available at Decatur Morgan County Tourism to purchase a full table please contact Owen Chapman 256-565-1930
There are no public rest rooms on board the ship. There are porta poties available in the parking areas.
Ingalls Harbor, Decatur AL
701 Market St NW, Decatur, AL 35601
|| Danielle Gibson