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Peoria Seeks WWII Battleship

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:56:17 CST
By: AP

Peoria wants a World War II warship moored in Indiana to relocate to central Illinois.   Peoria community leaders are examining how to get the decommissioned LST 325 tank landing ship to relocate once its 10-year contract with Evansville Indinaa expires. The ship is on the US National Register of Historic Places and was used in the Normandy landings at Omaha Beach. The ship doubles as a museum and is among the last of its kind to remain seaworthy. Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich says the community is researching how much it would cost to build a permanent dock for the boat, which attracts as many as 10,000 visitors a year. This fall, it hit waterways to visit Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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