Why None Of Us Can Do The Whole Tour At Pearl Harbor


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So close yet so far away.

Many visitors who traveled thousands of miles to Honolulu will need to see Pearl Harbor Memorial from afar due to an accident on Wednesday. The dock located atop the sunken battleship was damaged when tugboats were “assisting” the USNS Mercy hospital ship.

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U.S. Navy Region Hawaii explained the accident on its Facebook page:

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According to, the accident occurred at 7 a.m. Hawaii time, when the hospital ship hit the floating platform where visitors disembark to the memorial. For safety reasons, the National Park Service suspended the boat tours that typically depart every 15 minutes.

The memorial was built in 1962, to commemorate the day Pearl Harbor was attacked which led to the United States’ direct involvement in World War II. The site is accessible by boat, it straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Historical information about the attack, shuttle boats to and from the memorial, and general visitor services are available at the associated USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center, which opened in 1980 and is operated by the National Park Service. The sunken remains of the battleship were declared a National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1989.

While the accident is under Navy’s investigation, the site is visited by 5,000 (daily) travelers who come from all over the world. Many weren’t able to step foot on the important part of world history, and were sunken in disappointment.

For now, the resting place of 1,102 sailors and marines during the Japanese attack will be closed to visitors until at least June 4.

Photos: Facebook/Pearl Harbor Oahu

Source: Additional reporting by Jetset Times. 

What do you think of Pearl Harbor Memorial shutting down temporarily? Would you be displeased too? Let us know in the comments.

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