Plans & Mural Project

Special Projects, or, why we need your help!

This website has a goal above and beyond many. We seek not only to present information on this gallant ship, but to add to it; to both tell Yorktown’s history and to make that story a richer and fuller one. A ship so crucial to the history of the United States should not be limited to a few paragraphs and the same tired photos over and over again.

We believe history is many things; it can be spoken, if we are lucky enough. It can be textual, or photo-graphical, a painting on a wall. There is more that can be brought to light, and that is a large portion of what this site is about, and here we present an opportunity for the reader to help.

AirplaneLubricationSystejpgMuch like the DestroyerHistory Fletcher Class Engineering Drawings and the USS Abbot project, we wish to publish drawings of the ship here for download and use by the public. The goal is much loftier than the Yorktown’s Booklet of General Plans available already at the Historic Naval Ships Association website. Yorktown’s drawings and plans still exist at the US National Archives and we mean to get them and post them here for the world.

There is a high cost to these goals, however. The microfilm has been located, but at 2012 prices, it will cost just about $2,750 (22 rolls at $125 each) to scan them to an electronic format and burn to disc; this is above and beyond any cost to drive to the archives or stay in the vicinity if additional research is desired. Flight&GalleryDecksSternWe are still researching ways to make these scans a reality.  We would provide high very high quality digital copies on disk for those who would like to donate, and post high-quality JPG copies here on the web for everyone who is interested to download. We have yet to find a way to make the numbers work so that a few people don’t go broke making this happen.  If you have any interest in helping us, or suggestions on how we can move forward on this, please e-mail us.

Below are the only two known images that show the mural. Both are partials, as you can see. There is actually a shot of this area in the Ballard book on the discovery of the Yorktown, but it’s obviously very encrusted and distressed from 50+ years underwater, and it, too, shows only this right quadrant.