You Can Get Paid to Have an Aircraft Carrier

USS Saratoga aricraft carrier sold for a penny
If you have nothing, not even a single cent, in your pocket, you would have had more than enough money to take control of a former United States aircraft carrier. Well, sort of. You could have taken possession of the carrier to scrap it. That’s exactly what ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas did. The Navy agreed to pay them one cent for the scrap metal rights to the former USS Saratoga.

This is the second time in the past two years that the Navy has paid a company for scrapping rights for a penny. The former aircraft carrier USS Forrestal’s scrapping rights were obtained by All Star Metals of Brownsville in a contract signed in October, 2013 for a penny as well. That ship was tow


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4 Responses to You Can Get Paid to Have an Aircraft Carrier

  1. Don says:

    I, for one, would rather see these ships sunk as artificial reefs. However, the expense of meeting EPA and local regulations is mind-boggling.

  2. kyle says:

    the author doesn’t appear to know where the ship actually is.

    The reef is a better idea. clean out petrols, tow it out, sink it.
    when regulators call, tell them you’ll call them back…until they stop calling.

  3. david says:

    from the article: “it’s currently docked at the Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. ESCO Marine is expected to tow the carrier to Texas where the scrapping will take place.”

  4. Bill Yancey says:

    There’s more than fuel onboard. Heavy metals, and asbestos, too.

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