The S.C. Olympia Committee has started a fundraising campaign to bring the USS Olympia, Adm. George Dewey's Spanish American War flagship, to Parris Island.
Without a new home, the ship could be sunk off the New Jersey shore to become part of a fishing reef, according to the committee. The ship is owned by the Independent Seaport Museum in Philadelphia but needs extensive repair. The Olympia Committee wants its new home to be the Parris Island dry dock.
The U.S. Naval Station Port Royal, now Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, was the largest dry dock south of Norfolk, Va., and 22 naval ships visited during the Spanish American War period, according to the committee.
For information on how to donate to the group's Reach Out to America campaign, go to www.scolympia.org or email email@example.com.