U.S.S Razorback

July 24, 2003  -- Posted at 7:12 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  --The U-S-S Razorback will get a little help making its way across the Atlantic Ocean from its current home in Turkey to its expected future as a riverfront attraction in North Little Rock.

Organizers of the project say the cost of refurbishing the World War Two submarine for a trans-Atlantic voyage would be too high. The sub will be towed at a cost of about 400-thousand dollars donated by Stephens Incorporated.

The submarine, actually named for a type of red whale rather than an Arkansas hog, could begin the journey within 60 days.

The 311-foot submarine was among 12 present at the signing of the formal surrender of Japan that ended World War Two. It is to serve as a museum and centerpiece of North Little Rock's development along the Arkansas River just east of the Interstate 30 bridge.

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