Scuttling History

Vandals destroy a memorial to an unheralded monument of U.S. submarine prowess.

USS Ling—mottled gray, rust-stained, and listing ominously to port—has been a fading fixture on New Jersey’s Hackensack River for years. Now comes news that this floating memorial to America’s World War II submarine service has been deliberately flooded by vandals, leaving only the question of how best to dispose of the decaying warship once and for all.

She deserves much better.


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