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[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 718
Jul 13, 1994 - A view of the island of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) as seen from the forward elevator on the starboard side. 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]
# 731
Jul 13, 1994 - Port side view of the ocean minesweeper ILLUSIVE (MSO-448) at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. The ship is moored off to the side of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) which is also being scrapped out at the yard.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 732
Jul 13, 1994 - View on board the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) during scrapping operations at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. The view is in the hangar bay from starboard side aft looking toward the port side bulkhead. Two thirds of the flight deck has already been cut away.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 733
Jul 13, 1994 - View from the flight deck port side forward of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) off to starboard showing the progress of the scrapping operation at the Seawitch Salvage Company. Two thirds of the flight deck has been cut away and the front half of the island has already been removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 734
Jul 13, 1994 - View from the port side flight deck looking aft to the starboard side showing the progress of the scrapping operation of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) by the Seawitch Salvage Company. The hangar deck is covered with debris cut away from the ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 735
Jul 13, 1994 - #2 in a 5 shot panoramic view of the scrapping of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. View from port side aft looking forward toward the island on the starboard side.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 736
Jul 13, 1994 - A view on board the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) showing the progress of the scrapping operation. This view is from forward looking to the port side showing the cut down sections of the main pole mast lying on the gallery deck.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 737
Jul 13, 1994 - #4 in a 5 shot panoramic view of the scrapping of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. View is from the port side looking to starboard from forward of the stern quarter.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 738
Jul 13, 1994 - A view on board the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) showing the progress of the scrapping operation at the Seawitch Salvage Company. This view is from the forward starboard elevator position looking to port showing the pressure cylinders to the forward catapult systems.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 739
Jul 13, 1994 - #3 in a 5 shot panoramic view of the scrapping of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. View from port side aft looking forward toward the island on the starboard side.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 740
Jul 13, 1994 - A view on board the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) showing the progress of the scrapping operation at the Seawitch Salvage Company. This view is from the forward starboard elevator position looking to port showing the pressure cylinders to the forward catapult systems.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 741
Jul 13, 1994 - A worker uses a cutting torch as he works on the scrapping of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) at the Seawitch Salvage Company. Despite the 90 degree plus heat he wears protective clothing and helmet.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2601
Aug 1994 - Island is completely removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 773
Aug 20, 1994 - A port bow view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) tied up at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company pier at the Fairfield Terminal. The view shows the process made on scrapping out the ship. The entire island structure has now been cut away. The ship arrived in Baltimore July 1993.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 643
Aug 25, 1994 - An aerial port quarter view of hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped out at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company at the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 647
Aug 25, 1994 - An aerial stern on view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped out at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company at the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 648
Aug 25, 1994 - An aerial bow view of hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped out at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company at the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 666
Aug 25, 1994 - An aerial port bow view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped out at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company at the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 759
Aug 25, 1994 - An overall aerial view of the Baltimore Fairfield Terminal area. In the lower section of the photo are four Forest Sherman class destroyers and two Adams class guided missile destroyers waiting to be scrapped at the Baltimore Salvage Company. In the upper portion of the picture is the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) being scrapped out at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. The white ship at the Maryland Port Authority pier in the center of the photo is the former hospital ship SANCTUARY (AH-17), now owned by Life International.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2592
Nov 1994 - Elevators and most of flight deck removed. Part of the island gone.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2602
Nov 1994 - Port overhead.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2603
Nov 1994 - Stern overhead.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 729
Nov 11, 1994 - A aerial bow on view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) during scrapping operations at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. Two thirds of the flight deck, the elevators, much of the side bulkheads and the island have already been cut away.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 730
Nov 11, 1994 - An overhead aerial view of the starboard amidships and stern section of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) during scrapping at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company in the outer harbor. Two thirds of the armored flight deck, the elevators much of the deck overhang and the island have already been cut away.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 756
Nov 11, 1994 - A port bow view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) during scrapping operations at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company. Two thirds of the flight deck, the elevators, much of the side bulkheads and the island have already been cut away.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - NNAM - US Navy]
# 760
Nov 11, 1994 - A port bow view of the hulk of the aircraft carrier CORAL SEA (CV-43) during scrapping operations at the Seawitch Marine Salvage Company at the Fairfield Marine Terminal in the outer harbor. Over two thirds of the armored flight deck has been cut away along with the elevators and part of the side bulkheads. The island has also been completely cut away.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2607
1995 - Looking at what's left of the angle deck.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2609
1995 - Another shot of what's left of the angle deck.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2654
1995 - Foc'sil
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2671
1995 - Island and angle deck completely removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2672
1995 - Island and angle deck completely removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2673
1995 - Close look at open hangar bay from port side.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2674
1995 - Close look at open hangar bay from port side.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2675
1995 - Erie shot of the old girl shrouded in fog.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2676
1995 - Port bow.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2677
1995 - The anchor was placed on the bow for towing to India.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dress]
# 2678
1995 - Starboard side looking aft.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2604
May 1995 - Last part of the flight deck remaining.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2605
May 1995 - Sitting high in the water.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2606
Jun 1995 - One of the ships service turbogenerator switchboards. These were located in spaces directly above the generator rooms.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2611
Aug 1995 - The letters were slated to be preserved but were accidentally cut away and scrapped.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2612
Aug 1995 - Another shot of the fantail.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2608
Oct 1995 - The anchor was placed on the bow for towing to India. The Navy blocked the move and the anchor was removed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2610
Oct 1995 - The ship was made ready for towing to India. Here are a couple of the screws on deck. One of them was actually marked the USS Midway.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2616
1996 - Cutting Away at the ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2617
1996 - Most of the aft section is gone except for the lower decks.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2618
1996 - This is what a carrier looks like without a roof.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2620
Apr 1996 - Forward starboard catwalk.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2621
Apr 1996 - View from the hangar deck.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2613
May 1996 - Overhead view of stern from starboard side.


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