Relating the Strange Case of the U.S.S. Monadnock, the Oldest New Ship That Ever Entered Our Navy
When a small boy excitedly told an old timer that they were going to launch the Monadnock, the old man chuckled.
“Shucks, Sonny,” he mused. “People been saying that ever since I can remember. Why they was a building on that old devil when I was a boy!”
As a matter of fact, no one really believed the story that the Monadnock was to be launched. It was too incredible. Why, she was home, and wife, and mother to hundreds of yard workmen. They could affectionately call every rivet in her by name—its first name.
Even the town’s people had come to love her. They had become so used to gazing across the channel at her over their breakfast coffee that they regarded her as part of the scenery: a permanent part.
Those who did put any faith in the rumored launching, sadly shook their heads and speculated on how much it was going to cost to raise her from the bottom after it was over.
“She’s too old to float,” they said gloomily.