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PM&HC’s “prop”-osed greeting sign will soon appear on the Bayfront.

Borrowed propeller off the former USS Pasley to greet visitors to the PMHC Museum on the Bayfront

Borrowed propeller off the former USS Pasley to greet visitors to the PMHC Museum on the Bayfront

Port of Newport Commissioners and the Pacific Marine and Heritage Center on the Bayfront are still working out the details on the Center’s use of the former USS Pasley’s propeller as part of a big welcoming sign at street level in front of the PMHC.

The Port recently gave permission for the Center to use the propeller as an eye-grabber for those walking, bicycling or driving by at the eastern end of the Bayfront. The commission learned that in order for the propeller to look as authentic as possible, it should be sandblasted, then allowed to sit out the open so a manageable amount of rust can accumulate on the blades. Then a preservative paint with a graffiti proof seal will be applied so it will look properly weathered and not be permanently damaged by graffiti vandalism.

So – next step is sandblasting, then applying the sealants and up it’ll go. No official target date has been set for the grand unveiling.

The USS Pasley was a World War II concrete “Liberty” ship which, after the war, was deliberately sunk somewhat west McLean Point to be the partial foundation of what became the Newport Shipping Terminal. When the new terminal was recently constructed, the Pasley was removed and new dock supports took its place. The other sunken ship used to build the original dock was left in place – the USS Hennibique deemed too expensive to remove.

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