Where Oh Where is the U.S.S. Independence (CVL-22)? Is It Filled With Nuclear Waste Sitting Next to the Farallones? Yep

We’ve had more U.S.S. Independences than you can shake a stick at over the centuries, but this one is the one we had during the bulk of WWII. She came straight out of Joisey in ’42 and survived The Pacific War only to get blowed up with atomic bombs during testing at South Pacific locales like Bikini Atoll in 1946.

Before:

Then after, after the big atomic kaboom at Bikini. Ouch:

Anyway, instead of sinking, the Independence kept on floating so the Navy towed her right to Hunters Point in south San Francisco. Now, let’s let Lisa Davis(?) of SF Weekly take over – here’s her bit from all the way back in aught-one.

So there you go. Most likely, this old-school baby aircraft carrier is down there resting with a cargo of nuclear waste not too far from our Farallon Islands, radiating away.

Oh well.

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3 Responses to “Where Oh Where is the U.S.S. Independence (CVL-22)? Is It Filled With Nuclear Waste Sitting Next to the Farallones? Yep”

  1. Specifically, during her post-Bikini stay at Hunter’s Point, Independence served as a floating warehouse for radioactive material removed from other ships during the (failed) effort to develop a decontamination process for naval warships. Radioactive material was packed into barrels, and loaded onto Independence for storage. Then, eventually, Independence was hauled out to the Farallons and sunk. What a mess.

  2. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    I could have sworn that the other key issue is that the ship is NOT where the Navy records of her scuttling say that she SHOULD be. Am I misremembering that?

  3. sfcitizen says:

    I think you’re right. It should be 200 miles away and it’s not…