BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The last surviving ship from the attack on Pearl Harbor will no longer be known by its original name.

The former Coast Guard cutter Roger B. Taney sits in the Inner Harbor and now serves as a museum.

Taney served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 1857, he delivered the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford which said free Black people and slaves were not American citizens and could not become citizens.

The ship will now be referred to by its hull identification number.

Comments (5)
  1. TinCanSailor says:

    Are the woke ‘historians’ at the Living Classrooms Foundation also ripping pages with the words USCGC Taney from the history books as well?

    Sure, it appeases the handful of radicals ripping down monuments across the nation for the moment, but they won’t be satisfied until they dynamite the faces off of Mt Rushmore and implode the Washington Monument. But even then they won’t be happy… so why do any of it when it won’t solve a damned thing?

    In fact, I’d bet they’d prefer that the ship had been sunk with all hands at Pearl Harbor.

  2. PROUD USNA GRAD says:

    HISTORY CANNOT BE CHANGED OR ERASED!!! Rip the pages out of every book that exists and the Civil War still happened, Pearl Harbor still happened and on and on. You remove a statue, rename a base or a ship and history will be exactly the same. You are being absurd to suggest this will in any way “change history”; it won’t, we can’t do that. It will not even change the history of the Taney, it will just add to it. Paint a new name on her and she is still the same ship that survived Pearl Harbor, she still has the same history & honors & the same people served on her. It would be more appropriate to name her after a hero of Pearl Harbor. Having something named after you is an honor and we have come to a point in history where we no longer think honoring slave owners and promoters of slavery is appropriate. That is NOT changing history, it is people changing how they look at it, people making new history as it is not finite, it is ongoing. African Americans, women in particular, serve at a higher rate in the Navy than their proportion of US demographics. So, most people now think the time has come to rename things and replace old statues with new ones in honor of those who really did contribute to the good & righteous things in American history. Slavery was not one of them. THE FACT WE WERE ONCE A PLACE WHERE SLAVERY & SEGREGATION WERE LEGAL AND ALL MEN & WOMEN WERE NOT CREATED EQUAL WILL NEVER CHANGE. It should be up to the people and their elected representatives as well as the individual branches of the armed services what changes they want to make, up to things like renaming the Washington Monument or altering Mt. Rushmore. Will that ever happen? I don’t know.

    It is far more than a “handful” of people who want things changed and they are not “radicals”. In my eye the “handful of radicals” are the violent KKK white supremacy hate group people who want to keep them because they support a nation who attacked the USA and slaughtered tens of thousands of Americans (the Confederacy) fly that flag & Nazi ones and want to promote anything against people who are not white Christian males. Those “very fine people”, (as Trump put it), are the violent handful of radicals & they damage statues too. Most of the Confederate & slave owner or segregationist statues already removed (and most have been removed by the authorities where they were located) have been donated to museums & confederate cemeteries, places on private property that WANT them.

    Whatever they rename the Taney, she will still be a tourist attraction & National Historic Landmark afloat in B’more harbor and not one jot of her past will be changed. Perhaps we should bestow the honor of renaming her upon the surviving Pearl Harbor veterans? I graduated from the USNA & proudly served ten years in the Navy,.

    1. TinCanSailor says:

      Thank you for your service. I served 23 years, also in the Navy. My point was that the ship was named, for better or worse, after a man we all hold in contempt. However, that is the ship’s name. It is a bit late to rewrite history. It is only an issue because the ship is still afloat. By your worldview, should the Navy rename ships that were sunk in the past as well?

      You don’t think radical leftists lunatics are not pulling down statues of everyone from Confederate Generals to Christopher Columbus to General Grant?. I have no problem with removing Confederate statues to museums or private property, but only when done by civic authorities in a deliberate manner. A mob tossing ropes over statues and ripping them down is a crime and should be treated as such, regardless of what the statue represents. But I’m a law & order kind of guy, and once peaceful protest cross the line, the police need to step in, not stand down as has happened in most of these cases.

  3. dearie says:

    Ship’s names have been changed before- they can be changed again. It has nothing to do with history- what the ship did and who served on it. It is adding to history not rewriting it- not like you can do that This will be just the same. Name the ship after a hero not a villain. Let the Coast Guard decide it was their ship before they gave it to the city.or let the city decide – have a contest to rename it whatever. People are making silly claims about something that can’t really be changed- so I changed my name when I got married did that erase my entire past? Of course not. Take down a statue of Hitler and the Holocaust did not happen? Laughable thinking

  4. Dave Letender says:

    What a bunch of gutless wonders !! It’s part of our history. You can’t erase it. Thousands of blacks owned tens of thousands slaves in the 1800’s. Most of the black slaves brought to this country were bought from blacks . That’s a part of history but people aren’t complaining about that. Just because one group of people are upset about something doesn’t mean it has to be changed. This is a democratic country. It should be what the majority wants !!

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