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USS Edson listing in Saginaw River after grounding

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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 8:07 am

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. — A decommissioned Navy destroyer that's being turned into a floating museum is tilting after running around in the Saginaw River.

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum President Mike Kegley tells Mlive.com that steady southwestern winds lowered the river level, causing the USS Edson to tilt significantly when it made contact with a ledge near the shore.

The ship now is listing six or seven degrees to the starboard.

Lt. Cmdr. Bill Barnhardt of the U.S. Navy cadet ship Gray Fox is helping right the ship, which arrived in August at the Wirt Sand and Stone Dock in Essexville.

Its new home will be near the Independence Bridge Boat Launch, where it will serve as the floating centerpiece of the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum.