What Can You Get For A Penny These Days?

What Can You Get For A Penny These Days?

There was a time, I remember, when people used to throw pennies away because you really couldn't buy anything with them. Well, that has changed.

According to an article by Joseph N. DiStefano in Philly Deals, the Navy is paying one cent to All Star Metals, a scrap yard operator in Brownsville, Texas, to get rid of the USS Forrestal, a 1,000 foot 'Supercarrier' that cost $200 million to build in 1955. Just think, if you had bid you might have gotten the ship for nothing!

The Forrestal, which carried 85 Navy jets on missions in Asia and Europe, has been berthed in Philadelphia since the 1980s. According to the Navy, the cost of dismantling the ship and, presumably, rendering its insulators non-toxic, was nearly as great as any remaining value once the ship is torn apart. According to the article, the Navy is even paying All Star Metals to tow the ship away. 

If you want to see this great ship, it is still in the inactive-ship basin of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. It is expected to be towed south before the end of the year.