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Monday, November 23, 2015

WW II tug Hoga arrives in North Little Rock

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click to enlarge THE HOGA ARRIVES: Navy tug reaches North Little Rock after 10-year process. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • THE HOGA ARRIVES: Navy tug reaches North Little Rock after 10-year process.

The Hoga, a Navy tug that did duty moving bombed vessels and fighting fires at Pearl Harbor during World War II, arrived in North Little Rock today where it will become a part of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, along with a submarine.

The arrival was  the end of a journey that began in 2005 with North Little Rock's successful bid to acquire the tug for preservation. Moving the tug from California provided a difficult and expensive task, with this journey finally being accomplished by ship, tow and barge.

I hope Pat Hays, the mayor when the city embarked on its maritime museum project, was on hand and somebody gave him a commodore's cap.

click to enlarge FINAL STRETCH: Heading to dock. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • FINAL STRETCH: Heading to dock.

UPDATE: For Hoga buffs, here's a website that has followed the Hoga every step of the way, by Navy ship historian Vern Bouwman.

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