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WWII ship group wants better Evansville dock

Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The group that oversees a restored World War II ship wants a more visible location on the Ohio River as a condition for keeping the floating museum docked in Evansville.

The LST-325 board is considering a proposal from Peoria, Ill., to move the troop landing ship there after its 10-year contract with Evansville expires next year.

Board member Chris Donahue said the ship's current dock upriver from downtown Evansville is isolated from other city attractions and doesn't have any pedestrian traffic to encourage visitors.

"Because of the remoteness out here and the numbers, it would be unacceptable to be here in 10 more years," he told WFIE-TV.

Donahue said Peoria is offering a better spot on the Illinois River, but it would make it more difficult for the LST to travel on tours to other cities.

Evansville built a $3 million dock on the Ohio River in 2005 to accommodate the ship, which took part in the 1944 D-Day landings in France.

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