By The Associated Press
11:03 AM AKDT, March 30, 2011
Legislation has been introduced to turn a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter into a museum.
U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation Tuesday to turn the STORIS into a privately-funded museum in Juneau. Congressman Don Young introduced a similar measure in the U.S. House.
Begich says the STORIS served 60 years in the Arctic, Bering Sea and waters off Alaska, and there is no more fitting tribute to the ship than to turn it into a museum.
The STORIS was built in Toledo, Ohio, and was commissioned in 1942 as an ice patrol tender and served in the North Atlantic during World War II. It was reassigned to Juneau in 1948, and in
1957 became the first U.S.-registered vessel to circumnavigate the North American continent.
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