Work continues to save historic warship in Philly

Officials are working to keep an endangered historic ship afloat on Philadelphia

The USS Olympia on display as a museum ship on the Delaware River near Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Wikimedia Commons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials are working to keep an endangered historic ship afloat on Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront as they continue deciding where its next home will be.

The USS Olympia is a rare steel ship is from the Spanish-American War. Its hull is badly rusting and desperately needs to be dry-docked for more than $10 million in repairs.

The Independence Seaport Museum can't afford to keep the deteriorating ship. Preservation groups in California and South Carolina have proposed taking ownership.

Museum officials say a decision is expected by next summer. Meanwhile, the Seaport Museum is making sure to keep the leaky ship stabilized until then.

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