World’s first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap – Yahoo! News

World’s first nuclear cruiser up for auction as scrap – Yahoo! News.

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The USS Long Beach, the nation’s first nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, successfully completes her propulsion plant sea trials in Massachusetts Bay, July 26, 1961. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

These ships should be put on display and historic mementos. 

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The world’s first nuclear-powered surface warship, the USS Long Beach, was put up for auction asscrap metal on Tuesday to be dismantled and recycled, after spending the past 17 years mothballed in a naval shipyard inWashington state.
The 720-foot (219-metre) vessel, the first American cruiser since the end of World War Two to be built new from the keel up, boasted the world’s highest bridge and was the last such U.S. vessel with teakwood decks, according to Navy history.
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