This cache will be permanently archived by geocaching.com at the end of the year (12/31/05). Although this cache's days are numbered, that does not mean however that the logging requirements have been relaxed. Please read the cache page before logging!!
UPDATE 10/27/05: Anticipating the last minute rush to log locationless caches before they expire, I will delete "Found It" logs that do not comply with the cache requirements. Previously I would send out an email as a courtesy to allow the logger to cure but that has become an unwelcome chore so henceforth I will just delete the non-complying log without explanation. Please note that this cache may be archived prior to December 31, 2005 at management's discretion.
This is a "log anywhere" virtual cache. This cache requires you to find a decommissioned warship, be it dreadnought, flat top, tin can or boomer, and to take a picture of the warship with your GPSr in the frame and provide the coordinates for the ship, its location (city, state, country) and any historical information about the ship.
Unlike tanks and planes (with certain exceptions such as the Memphis Belle), ships have their own unique history. Most decommissioned warships serve as museums. Please give us a history lesson on your find. For example, I used the USS Intrepid as the example in setting up this cache (and, as a result, cannot be logged). The Intrepid, known as The Fighting I or The Evil I (for its propensity to attract kamikazes - at least 4), was commissioned in 1943 and served in the Navy for 31 years. The Intrepid saw action at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in World War II, the largest naval engagement in history, and her pilots are credited with the sinking of the Japanese super-battleships Musashi and Yamato. The Intrepid served during the Korean War, assisted in the "quarantine" of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and served three combat tours in the Vietnam War. The Intrepid also served as the Prime Recovery Vessel for the Mercury and Gemini space programs. "I" was decommissioned in 1974 and saved from the scrap heap when she was converted into a museum in 1982 and put on permanent display at Pier 86 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. She is a National Historic Landmark.
You can only log a find on this cache once. A particular ship can only be logged once. The ship must no longer be in active service (two exceptions: the
U.S.S. Constitution (already claimed) and H.M.S. Victory). It must be an actual, entire warship (no replicas, shipwrecks (including ships now being used as artificial reefs or breakwaters), ship's bells, anchors or 16" inch guns sitting in a park).
UPDATE: Warships (also sometimes referred to as capital ships or ships of the line) are ships designed and built for the purpose of engaging in combat operations against the enemy. Accordingly, merchant marine vessels (such as Liberty and Victory ships), troopships (such as a Higgins Boat or converted passenger liner) and support ships (such as tugs, lightships and colliers), even though fitted with armaments, will no longer be honored as legitimate finds.
UPDATE: As of December 15, 2005, logs that use ships that are part of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, California will no longer be accepted as legitimate finds and will be deleted. All previously posted logs that use such ships are grandfathered in.
No vacation photos, internet downloads, or PhotoShop creations accepted - only actual photos of you and your GPS on the ship or with the ship in the background.
If your log does not meet the criteria, it will be deleted. Happy hunting.
For a list of the 145 ships found to date, click here.
Last updated on August 8, 2005. Check logs below from that date to the present for recent finds.
WARNING: Cache Requirements Enforced By Owner!