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Ship brings World War II tank to Tacoma

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
December 6, 2012 3:58 pm

A large vehicle-carrying ship this week brought a vintage vehicle to Tacoma on its way to an Everett museum.

The Wallenius Lines ship Elektra, which ordinarily carries new vehicles, brought a
a fully-restored Sherman tank rolled onto Terminal 7.

Sherman tank
Sherman tank arrives in Tacoma

The tank, a mainstay of Allied forces during the Second World War, was transported to the Flying Heritage Collection at Everett’s Paine Field. The collection consists mostly of vintage World War II fighter aircraft restored to flying condition at the expense of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. But the museum also includes other war equipment of that era.

The Sherman, designed to be easily constructed in former auto plants during the war, was the Allies standard medium tank.

The example brought through Tacoma this week was built at Pressed Steel Car Company in Chicago. After it was accepted into the U.S. army in 1943, it was released to the Dutch Army in 1945. C&C Military Services in England spent the last two years restoring the tank to WWII form, the Port of Tacoma said.

The museum said the tank will go on display next summer.

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