U.S.S. Razorback Headed to Arkansas

October 9, 2003 - Posted at: 7:28 a.m. CDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A government hurdle has been cleared, so the U.S.S. Razorback is headed to North Little Rock.

Last month, Mayor Patrick Hays announced plans for a maritime museum on the riverfront.  That's where the 311-foot World War II submarine will be moored.

The U.S. State Department gave approval Tuesday of the plan to move the submarine from Turkey to North Little Rock.  That sets in motion plans for towing the vessel across the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, then up the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers to North Little Rock.

The 1,800-ton Razorback is actually named for a reddish whale, not an Arkansas hog.  Hays says the sub could begin its 42-day journey in mid-November.

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