BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a press release, officials from the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park said the USS The Sullivans (DD-537) is in danger of sinking. Park president Paul Marzello is asking the public to help raise $100,000 for the ship in a campaign he's calling All Hands On Deck.
“The harsh Buffalo winter weather has severely damaged the hull of USS The Sullivans below the waterline and the ship is taking on water. She is currently listing to port quite noticeably. If we cannot repair the hull and stop the water, she will sink,” he said in the press release.
Marzello said the 78-year-old attraction will need more than $1,000,000 worth of long term repairs, but he needs help now.
“We expect another four to six weeks of tough weather ahead, so there is potential for even more hull damage. At this point the ship requires $100,000 in emergency repairs just to keep her afloat until we can begin the long-term repairs. We are asking for help from the public to raise the $100,000. We need All Hands on Deck to help.” added Marzello.
Donations towards the repair of the ship can be made here, or by calling the Naval park at 716-847-1773.