From what I have read on the Battleships website, they planned to move her directly across the river and to make her free floating.
They said to repair the hull and leave it in the mud would defeat the expensive work that had to be done to preserve the hull. What is the use of doing all this work and spending millions just to have it ruined by being stuck in 35 feet of mud and muck. When you do things on the cheap it always cost more money in the long run. The Navy should tell them no about this gigantic waste of time and money. Do it right the first time or not at all.
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