I once wrote a rollicking post about priests who were martyred in the French Revolution, sent to die horribly on a “hulk” ship, the Bonhomme Richard, used as a prison off the coast of France. HERE
Bonhomme Richard is perhaps not the best name for a ship.
Here is melancholy news about the 3rd of our vessels named Bonhomme Richard, Wasp-class LHD-6, an amphibious assault ship. 844 feet long and 106 feet at the beam. The first – captained by John Paul “I have not yet begun to fight!” Jones – sank in 1779. She was, by comparison, 152 by 40 and a depth of 19.
From Navy Times:
Navy will scrap fire-ravaged Bonhomme Richard
The U.S. Navy will not repair the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, which burned for more than four days this summer in San Diego.
In the end, resurrecting the devastated large-deck amphib would have been too costly, Rear Adm. Eric Ver Hage, commander of the Navy Regional Maintenance Center, told reporters Monday.
The extensive damage to the flattop’s flight deck, island, mast and lower levels from the July 12 inferno would have required about 60 percent of the ship to be replaced, Ver Hage said.
To rebuild and repair the 22-year-old amphib would have cost between $2.5 billion and $3.2 billion, and would have taken five to seven years, he said.
To turn the stricken amphib into a hospital ship would have cost more than $1 billion and taken the same amount of time, he said.
Details on where the ship will be decommissioned and scrapped are pending, he added.
Hmmm… maybe the hulk of USS Bonhomme Richard could be repurposed for the “housing” of graffiti sprayers, business looters, police car burners, statue vandals, Antifa and BLM thugs, and people who cheated and committed voter fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election. They could have a little productive time in the healthy sea air, doing some clean up, in preparation to be sent back to do more clean up in the cities they tried to ruin.