The aircraft carrier Shangri-La arrived (Nov. 16) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a six month stay.
The aircraft carrier Shangri-La arrived (Nov. 16) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for a six month stay. During that time she will undergo 13-million-dollars worth of repairs and alterations.
The ship slowly moved up the Delaware RIVER to Pier four early in the afternoon. All her planes were gone. Cars belonging to members of the crew now lined the flight deck. After Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo.. for security reasons..president Roosevelt said the planes flew from Shangri-La...the mythical mountain setting of the novel "Lost Horizon." When the Hornet was lost...a bond drive financed the building of another carrier to avenge the execution of Doolittle's captured aviator.
It was named Shangri-La and launched 21 years ago at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia. The ship has just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. Her destiny in the Spring may be Vietnam where another attack carrier or her class is now on duty. In this yard the ship will be fitted with the latest electronic equipment and become the first in her class to be completely air conditioned.
The ship when fully loaded displaced 43-thousand tons. At the waterline..she is 100 feet wide..too wide to get through the Panama Canal. The draft of the carrier is 35-feet. KYW-TV newsman Gary Shenfedl was aboard the carrier as it edged into port. He asked Captain August W. Elliott what impact the ship's stay will have on the Philadelphia economy...