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San Diego, California: U.S.S. Recruit - Landlocked Dummy Ship

AKA the USS Neversail, the 2/3rd scale version of a Navy destroyer escort ship was used for training purposes and never touched a body of water.

North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
North side of Harbor Dr. just east of Laning Rd. and west of San Diego International Airport. ECV historical marker on grounds of Liberty Station.
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U.S.S. Recruit - Landlocked Dummy Ship

2/3rd scale version of a Navy ship created for training purposes.

[Richard Dann, 12/25/2010]

Built in 1949, also dubbed the USS Neversail, the training ship started as a fake destroyer escort and was later modified to mimic a guided missile frigate. All the weapons are mock-ups, but real sailors could sleep aboard and use working plumbing, and take classes. It is the last of three US Navy training ships, a California Registered Historical Landmark. Not open to the public -- until it's renovated, it would undoubtedly fail ADA and city building inspections.

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