Stranded WWII ship freed from W. Kentucky lake

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A restored World War II troop landing ship is on its way to its Indiana home port after being freed from a western Kentucky lake where it ran aground.

The LST-325 got out of the Lake Barkley mud Wednesday evening after what ship Capt. Bob Jornlin says was a combination of pushing and pulling by a tug boat, the ship's anchor winch and its engines in full reverse.

Jornlin tells the Evansville Courier & Press the ship should arrive at its Ohio River dock Thursday night.

The ship became stuck with 42 crew members aboard Monday during a rainstorm when officials say it traveled outside the lake's Cumberland River channel. It was returning to its Evansville dock after a trip to the Tennessee cities of Nashville and Clarksville.

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