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Search for the Hartley updated September 2015

USS Hartley  DE 1029 /  ARC Boyaca DE 16
Guatape Columbia 
The USS Hartley DE 1029 commissioned in July 1957 was decommissioned in July 1972 and sold to Colombia and again sailed with the Colombian Navy as the ARC Boyaca DE 16. After 20 years of service, the ship was decommissioned in 1992 with plans to be a marine museum and tourist attraction in Guatape Colombia, The ship was dismantled and trucked to a mountain location on the shores of Lake Guatape in anticipation of being reassembled as a land ship. Due to funding limitations, the project has been on hold since. Unknown to the Newport Dealeys as to the disposition of the former USS Hartley, in early 2004 Luis Castro LT ARC Boyaca (1985), Dean Hoover MM3 (1959) and Marc Arsenault ET2 USS Hartley (1961) researched, organized and planned an effort on behalf of the Newport Dealeys, to locate the ships remains in Guatape, and then sponsor a trip to the location to document the remains. In May 1964, on behalf of the Newport Dealeys, Luis Castro traveled to Guatape and with the assistance of local help, completed the goal of photographing and creating a video of the site and surrounding local areas. A report on the trip and a formal photo presentation were made at our Newport Dealeys annual reunion in Warwick RI in the fall of 2004.
 On March 2, 2013, LT Luis Castro confirmed that the Boyaca remains are still there on the location in Guatape.
On 28, Sept. 2015, Lt Luis Castro, while revisiting Guatape, reported that the remains of the Hartley / Boyaca have been removed and there are houses being constructed on the site. An internet search of activites in Guatape (with photos) revealed that the removal occured in June of 2013.  The following photos were extracted from a video of a discussion in Spanish by Colombian officials on the future of the project.


 

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USS Hartley DE 1029
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ARC Boyaca DE 16
1972-92

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 For more information and a video of the officials in Colombia discussing the project in Spanish go to the link below

ARC Boyaca Project Guatape Colombia

The following is the translation of the Spanish commentary by a friend of Charlie (Shoe) Holzschuh USS Hartley 1961-63.  
According to the commentary, the ship was turned over to the Colombian nat'l. guard.  The ship remaind at a pier for more than 5 years at which time it was turned over to the State of Columbia who presented a plan to refurbish the ship as a tourist attraction.  It would include hotel, musems, restaurants and shopping mall at a cost of $300,000,000.  No action taken by the legislature and the project languished for another 10 years.  5 new governors later, the project is once more being looked at and according the the reporter in the white shirt and glasses...it don't look so good, since nothing was proposed. It appears that this is the end for #16.  ciao

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