Groups move to protect historic moorings at Pearl Harbor

Groups move to protect historic moorings at Pearl Harbor

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The National Park Service and the nonprofit group Pacific Historic Parks are competing to win grant money to preserve Pearl Harbor battleship moorings.

The USS Arizona, USS West Virginia and other battleships were tied to the moorings when Japanese planes bombed the naval base on Dec. 7, 1941.

Their project is among 20 park historic sites across the country competing for the grants from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Winners will be determined by public votes cast here .

The Pearl Harbor project would restore six concrete mooring quays lining Battleship Row. Steel components of the structures are rusting and the moorings may collapse if they're not restored.

Organizers aim to receive $250,000 in grant money to get the project started. The full cost of the conservation work is expected to cost about $5 million.

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