This person posted 3 interesting pictures of the LST in Paducah with a little bit of history included.
Upon first viewing the three photos, a sailor who respects his ship would say they present a sad picture that one would not want to present to the public. The pictures have been altered by slight darkening and adding high contrast which accentuates the rust colors more than what one saw when looking at it directly.
However, the photograper is an "artist" and did alter it to look more like a painting. Plus the comments below the pictures show only APPROVAL of her efforts, showing that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
The pictures, when looked at thoughtfully, tend to tell a story... years of service but still sailing on! More so than a "spic 'n' span" freshly cleaned and painted lady
looking younger than her age.
I can appreciate both viewpoints, but, being a sailor, I would still prefer the freshly "dressed up" latter version... not "over the hill," but still capable of doing the hard jobs that were routine in her early years.
To be sure, she will definitely outlast all of us who are
of the same or younger ages. Long may she sail thrilling new visitors with her stories of service to country and mankind.