USS The Sullivans (DD-537) on the verge of foundering

USS The Sullivans (DD-537), a Fletcher-class destroyer, is on the verge of foundering in Buffalo after its shear age and recent weather damage created a major hull breach beneath the waterline.

As she is now, it may be all but impossible to keep her from foundering completely.

The Sullivans during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

This photo was taken in the last two hours, showing her stern deck awash.



The situation has been stabilized, but the list remains and the stern remains awash.

Basically, they are at a point where the pumps are removing water at the same rate it is entering the breach.

But until and unless they find and repair the breach, there is zero chance of making any progress. At best, they will remain in the current standoff situation.