Group raising funds to bring ship to Northbank

Last month was a celebratory one for the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association, which held its fourth annual gala last month in downtown Jacksonville. The group is seeking to bring the retired USS Charles F. Adams home as an interactive attraction on the Northank of the St. Johns River.
The group held a reception at The Jacksonville Landing and a gala and silent auction at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. Attendees included W.W. “Bill” Gay, Sr., who was expected to be honored for his longtime support of city and country and his efforts to bring the Adams to the Jacksonville riverfront. During the event, the group presented Gay with the JHNSA Meritorious Service Award.
Also in attendance was Charles F. “Chas” Adams, a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserves who is a direct descendant of the John Adams family and was named after the ship’s namesake.
The JHNSA wants to establish a Navy pier by placing the USS Adams at the Shipyards site along the Northbank in downtown Jacksonville. The site is adjacent to the city’s sports complex along Bay Street. The JHNSA Visitor Center is located in The Jacksonville Landing.
The group is raising funds for the project. One of the fundraising initiatives is the sale of a special poster created by local artist Chris Flagg. The framed 24 by 36-inch prints are selling for $75 and the unframed versions for $20. All prints are signed and numbered by the artist. Prints that did not sell during the gala are available for sale in the USS Adams shop in The Landing.

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