We received an Email from Michael
Naval & Aviation Artist in May 2000. He writes:
|I have a couple of pictures of the USS STODDARD that
I took at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in about 1994 when she was a
test ship/target. I can scan them and send them to you if you like
and you may use then on your site if you wish.
I was visiting a niece over at Mare Island Naval shipyard and two
old rusty ships happen to catch my eye. One I could identify as the
USS SOUTHERLAND as you could still read it on her stern. The
other one took longer and I had to go thru Navy channels in order to
find out what ship it was. It turned out to be the USS
STODDARD. By that time she was in pretty bad shape as the photos
will show. She also had what appeared to be a giant outboard
motor on the stern - I guess that was her means of propulsion. I
would guess that it was radio controlled.