posted on April 17, 2012 12:57
USS Missouri Gun Barrel Destined for Fort Miles
Lockwood Bros. to Use Lewes Ferry Terminal Parking Lot
(Lewes, DE) On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Lockwood Brothers of Hampton, Virginia will be utilizing the Lewes Ferry Terminal parking lot to unload and assemble equipment necessary to off-load the USS Missouri Gun Barrel from the train car. The train car will be located across Cape Henlopen Drive from the Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF)’s terminal in Lewes, Delaware.
The tentative schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 18 at approximately 7:00 a.m.: Lockwood Brothers will arrive at the Lewes Ferry Terminal to assemble their equipment and make preparations to off-load the massive gun from the train car. In the afternoon between1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., USS Missouri gun will be slowly transported via trailer to Fort Miles on Cape Henlopen Drive.
The massive 116-ton gun is similar to one used at Fort Miles during World War II. The USS Missouri, a ship famous for hosting the surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, was the last battleship built by the United States. The gun barrel is one of three remaining guns from the Big Mo.
The DRBA is a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. It owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.