Restored ship memorial in Maine to be rededicated

Posted Nov. 10, 2008, at 12:55 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 46-year-old memorial to the Navy cruiser USS Portland is being rededicated Tuesday in a Veterans Day ceremony that will celebrate the restoration of the ship parts overlooking the water on Portland’s Munjoy Hill.

The centerpiece of the memorial is the ship’s aftmast and bridge shield, which had deteriorated over the years and were in danger of falling apart from rust. Bill Whitten initiated the effort to strip the old paint from the ship parts and put on a new coat.

Scheduled to take part in Tuesday’s ceremony is 87-year-old Mary Doughty, who in 1932 christened the Portland in the Quincy, Mass., shipyard where it was built. The vessel saw action in the Pacific during World War II.