The SS France, being too costly to operate, was sold to Norwegian Cruise Lines for conversion to a cruise ship. She served from 1980-2003 as the SS Norway. You may remember in 2003 when her boiler exploded in Miami, killing several crew. Here she is, 47 years after her launch, being scrapped on the beaches of Alang India.
US Coast Guard Cutter MESQUITE (WLB-305) - rather a black mark on the Coast Guard's reputation, the Mesquite is a good reminder not to let anything become routine. In December 4, 1989, the Mesquite grounded on a reef off the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, ironically, it was there to replace the navigational buoy that marked that very reef. After several hours of trying to free the vessel, the crew reluctantly abandoned ship. Semper Paratus...?