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Four arrested after vandalizing World War Two ship in Texas

By Mason White 5:16 PM February 3, 2013
USS Stewart 

By: Sarah Weiss
Several vandals were detained after a World War Two ship was found to be damaged, according to police reports in Texas.
Four men were arrested on charges of criminal conduct in destroying a WWII era ship on display in a park in Galveston.

The USS Stewart, a destroyer escort, in Seawolf Park had been restored since it was damaged during Hurricane Ike that hit on September 13, 2008.
Before dawn on Thursday, police found four men hiding inside the boat, which had been covered with powder from a fire extinguisher. The men allegedly sprayed the substance on the roof and much of the interior of the ship.

Penny Miller, executive director of the American Undersea Warfare Center in the park, told the local newspaper that the solvent that was sprayed would add to the problem of ship rust.
The volunteers, mostly veterans, had worked to repair rust damage after Ike.