USS Orleck arrived in Lake Charles on Thursday

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The USS Orleck arrived in Lake Charles around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, with it comes plenty of history and a chance for the city to have an attraction for many to see in our waters.

"The attractions for people vary from person to person, I know an old chief that came aboard there in Orange and he walked around the deck and kind of shuffled his feet and said, 'It still feels the same.'  Young children like to go and see how our sailors had to live," said Sherwood Buckalew, the ship's curator.

The ship itself is in pretty good condition from all accounts, but will require a constant maintenance.

"It's going to require a lot of maintenance, anything that's sitting in water is subject to rust, we've got to keep it painted and keep it in good repair," said Ed Martin, who helped bring the ship to Lake Charles.

The USS Orleck's arrival is also important for veterans in Southwest Louisiana because it represents something that is honoring their service.

"The guys that served on ships, I don't care if they were in the Army, I never was in the Navy, I was in the Army for 13 years.  I appreciate the fact that we're going to have something here that's going to honor our veterans," said Martin.

The ship will remain at it's dock on the north end of Enterprise Blvd., on the Calcasieu River, until the people of Lake Charles will vote to decide if the ship will move to a new resting spot.

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