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USS Coral Sea Tribute Site
This page is dedicated to the memory of

~ Kerry L. Ellis ~

Keel Laid: July 10, 1944 - Keel Scrapped: August 9, 2000


As you know, it is traditional to make the first entry in the log of a commissioned ship each New Year in verse. We keep a log at the breaking site. The writer penned this on the last day of 1998. That turned out not to be the "penult'mate" year, however, but it seemed that it would be that cold New Year's Eve as the ship rested surrounded by ice in the harbor at Baltimore.

Coral Sea Reflections At Year's End

Country music sets the mood,
Sad, sweet sentiments, so I brood
And think of what has happened here
Throughout the old and passing year.

Coral Sea is almost gone.
All the planes from her have flown
Long ago; yet her ghost is anchored here
Waiting for her final year,

Like an old and obese lady, sprawled upon the ice,
Her underwear exposed. To gawk is less than nice,
Yet it is a spectacle rare and filled with wonder,
All that material kept secretly down under.

Boilers open to the sky, bull gears bathed in daylight,
It seems a sacrilege to glimpse this sight
That all who lived in her worked hard to prevent.
She was old and tired and is now is nearly spent.

As a fog at dawn that lies upon the bay,
Warmed by the morning sun begins to fade away,
Will Coral Sea this cold New Year at last disappear;
I sadly think on this last day of her penult'mate year.


-A Government Contractor

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[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2
Jul 1993 - ex-CV-43 her on the way from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Seawitch Salvage in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 3
Jul 1993 - ex-CV-43 her on the way from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Seawitch Salvage in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2560
Jul 1993 - Stern view of USS Coral Sea on her way from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Seawitch Salvage in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2561
Jul 1993 - Port quarter view of her on the way from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Seawitch Salvage in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2562
Jul 1993 - Bow view of her on the way from Philadelphia Naval Yard to Seawitch Salvage in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2563
Jul 1993 - Entering Baltimore Harbor, Key Bridge in foreground.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2564
Jul 1993 - About to dock in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2565
Jul 1993 - About to dock in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2566
Jul 1993 - Last few seconds of the Coral Maru moving prior to being docked for the last time.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2567
Jul 1993 - Docked at her final resting place in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2649
Jul 1993 - Bow shot arriving in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2650
Jul 1993 - Arriving in Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2568
Aug 1993 - Scrapping underway. The forward catapults were the first thing removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 698
Aug 10, 1993 - A port quarter view of the decommissioned aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at the Kurt Steel and Salvage Co. pier at Lambert Point. The decommissioned ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448) is in the background at right. Both ships are being scrapped by the Seawitch Salvage Co
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 749
Aug 10, 1993 - A port beam view of the decommissioned aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at the Kurt Steel and Salvage Co. pier at Lambert Point. The ship is being scrapped by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2569
Sep 1993 - Stern shot from overhead.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2570
Sep 1993 - The bow.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2571
Sep 1993 - Starboard shot from overhead.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2572
Sep 1993 - Port side overhead looking across the harbor.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2573
Sep 1993 - Looking up at the bridge from the forward elevator.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2574
Sep 1993 - Shot of the island. Debris piled up from ripping up forward cats.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2575
Sep 1993 - Another shot of the island.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2579
Sep 1993 - Still an impressive site.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 663
Sep 20, 1993 - A port bow view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 664
Sep 20, 1993 - A port bow view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point shortly after its arrival for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 670
Sep 20, 1993 - A starboard view of the bow section of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point shortly after its arrival for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 671
Sep 20, 1993 - A port quarter view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 672
Sep 20, 1993 - A close-up view of the bow of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point shortly after its arrival for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 719
Sep 20, 1993 - A view from the hangar bay of the hole in the flight deck where the forward jet blast deflector on the port side was removed before the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) was stricken. The ship is being dismantled by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 720
Sep 20, 1993 - A view of the pressure cylinder for the port side forward catapult in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43). The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 721
Sep 20, 1993 - A view of the cut-away forward sponson on the starboard side of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43). The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 743
Sep 20, 1993 - A view looking aft along the starboard side of aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43), from amidships under the island at the 01 level. The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point. The steam plant barge on the left is being used to power cutting equipment.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 744
Sep 20, 1993 - A view of the cut-away forward sponson on the starboard side of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43). The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 745
Sep 20, 1993 - A starboard view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. The hulk of the merchant ship SS SEAWITCH and the ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448), also being dismantled, are in the foreground.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 746
Sep 20, 1993 - A view looking forward along the starboard side of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43), from amidships under the island at the 01 level. The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 747
Sep 20, 1993 - Workers cut up piping that was removed from the hangar bay overhead of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43). The ship is being dismantled for scrap by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 748
Sep 20, 1993 - A stern view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. The hulk of the merchant ship SS SEAWITCH and the ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448), also being dismantled, are on the starboard side of the carrier.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 763
Sep 20, 1993 - A view from the forward elevator on the starboard side into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43). The ship is being dismantled by the Seawitch Salvege Co. at Lambert Point. The opening in the overhead is where the forward jet blast deflector on the port side was removed before the ship was stricken.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 767
Sep 20, 1993 - A close-up view of the island of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) as the Seawitch Salvage Co. dismantles the ship for scrap at Lambert Point. Resting on the flight deck of the top part of the ship's mast, which was removed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to ensure the carrier would have enough clearance to pass under the Chesapeake Bay bridges as it was towed to Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 768
Sep 20, 1993 - A view of the island of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) as the Seawitch Salvage Co. dismantles the ship for scrap at Lambert Point. Resting on the flight deck is the top part of the ship's mast, which was removed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard to ensure the carrier would have enough clearance to pass under the Chesapeake Bay bridges as it was towed to Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 769
Sep 20, 1993 - A port bow view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. The former hospital ship SANCTUARY (AH-17) is moored at the Maryland Port Authority pier in the foreground. Life International, the non-profit organization that obtained the ship from the Navy in 1990 for 15 dollars, has proposed a plan to use the ship as a shelter for homeless residents of Baltimore.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 674
Oct 4, 1993 - A port view of the aircraft carrier Coral Sea (CV-43) moored at Fairfield Terminal for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 722
Oct 4, 1993 - A bow view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. Portions of the armored flight deck have been removed and scrap is piled on the bow.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 742
Oct 4, 1993 - A stern view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. The hulk of the merchant ship SS SEAWITCH and the ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448), also being dismantled, are on the starboard side of the carrier.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 761
Oct 4, 1993 - A starboard bow view of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) moored at Lambert Point for scrapping by the Seawitch Salvage Co. Portions of the armored flight deck have been removed and scrap is piled up on the bow. The hulk of the merchant ship SS SEAWITCH and the ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448), also being dismantled, are off the starboard side of the carrier.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 673
Oct 24, 1993 - A port bow view of the decommissioned aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped by the Seawitch Salvage Co. at Lambert Point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2576
1994 - Cutting away at the 4" flight deck plating.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2577
1994 - Work shifted to taking up the flight deck from the forward cats on back.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2578
1994 - Shot of the now exposed hangar deck.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2580
1994 - Overhead shot.

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