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[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2665
1998 - Hatches open all the way down.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2643
1999 - Overhead shot of ship scrapped down to the waterline.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2644
1999 - Sitting up on her rudders.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2645
1999 - Below the water line.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2646
1999 - A small chunk of rudder is hoisted out of the water.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Kerry Ellis Collection]
# 2647
1999 - Stern view, not much left.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2655
1999 - Forward half ot the hulk.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2656
1999 - Amidships.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2659
1999 - Bow and not much else
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2660
1999 - SAS sign for protected ammo space.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2663
1999 - Ordinance elevator doors.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Earl Neall]
# 2664
1999 - Looking at an exposed main engine, probably #3 Engine room.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2666
1999 - One of the turbines exposed.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2667
1999 - Down to the engineering spaces.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2668
1999 - Engineering space in ruin.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2669
1999 - Control panels.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Jack Lawler Jr.]
# 2670
1999 - Bow and not much else.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2691
Apr 30, 2000 - Here is a sketch to help you get an idea of what your looking at in the following pictures.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2679
May 2000 - Tony Benicewicz, honorary crew member, with last of the hulk in the background.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2680
May 2000 - Steve Turner, Chief Snipe of the Midway Class carriers. Looking at the starboard side, the aft most part of the ship is now at frame 130. The aft bulkhead in the center is the after bulkhead of number one generator room. The deck is the top of the double bottom tanks. You can see the starboard bilge keel.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2681
May 2000 - Looking straight at the stern.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2682
May 2000 - You can see the bilge keel projecting out at the forward end.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2683
May 2000 - The very tip of the bow. Kerry Ellis saved this eight foot section. This piece was at the foot of the stem. The rusted flat surface was parallel to the surface-horizontal. The leading edge is surprisingly blunt-flat-at this point.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2684
May 2000 - The forced draft blower ducts (below where the blowers were) of 1A fireroom are in the lower left corner.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2685
May 2000 - Number two generator room, looking aft.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2686
May 2000 - A former AVGAS tank (later JP-5) and its surrounding void, which was kept filled with CO2 in the days of gasoline airplane engines. The tank is directly below a bomb magazine, the deck of which is cut away. This is in the forward part of the ship.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2687
May 2000 - Looking aft over the voids and fuel tanks on the starboard side. There were five layers of tanks and voids on each side, for most of the entire length of the ship, for torpedo protection. It would have taken many torpedo hits to get into the vital spaces.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2688
May 2000 - Looking aft. Number three generator room is in the center foreground. Three A fireroom is in the lower corner.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2689
May 2000 - Looking at the port side. A section of fuel tanks and voids is being lifted out.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais]
# 2690
May 2000 - Bob Dorais. To the right of Bob's head is a shaft bearing pedestal for number two shaft. The injection lines (very large) for number three main condenser are to the left of his shoulder; scoop injection (slanted) and condenser discharge lines are visible.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2692
Aug 9, 2000 - Looking at the last 80 feet of the ship, port side. My guess is about frame 60 to frame 40 .
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2693
Aug 9, 2000 - Earl Neall next to the hulk just before she came out of the water. Earl has witnessed the scrapping from beginning to end. He has helped the Coral Sea Association obtain some parts of the ship that may end up as a display on the USS Midway Museum.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2694
Aug 9, 2000 - Looking straight at the starboard side of the stern. One of the steam shovel's is hooked up and ready to pull.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2695
Aug 9, 2000 - A mountain of Coral Sea metal in piles, waiting to be cut into smaller pieces.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2696
Aug 9, 2000 - More piles of the ship's compartments.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2697
Aug 9, 2000 - More section's of the ship. The last part of the hull in the background.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2698
Aug 9, 2000 - The last section of ship, now up on the shore. Note the flat "double bottom" hull.
[USS CORAL SEA TRIBUTE SITE]
[Image Source - Bob Dorais - Tony Benicewicz]
# 2699
Aug 9, 2000 - Overhead view of the scrap yard. The hull is now on land just in front of an old passenger ferry in the middle.


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