Over the years, tightening security has made it increasingly difficult to visit the ship, and tourist numbers have dwindled to less than 10,000 a year, says Navy Yard spokesman Brian Sutton. That, plus a new bridge that would trap the Barry on the Anacostia River, spurred the Navy to make plans to scrap the ship.
“It would cost $2 million to get it restored, plus $180,000 every year to maintain the ship, so it was really a very wise fiscal decision for the Navy to decide to get rid of the Barry,” Sutton says. “Still, we are sad to see it go.”
The Barry may once again draw crowds as it is towed out to sea on Saturday, May 7, probably around 6 a.m., Sutton says. The best spot to watch will be Yards Park, since the Navy Yard section of the riverwalk will be closed at that time.