Anchor honors Camas workers who built ship equipment

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Camas -- Remember the Davy Crockett? Folks at Liberty Middle School will. That's because the anchor from the converted Navy Liberty Ship -- a cargo vessel -- was installed outside the school Nov. 9 amid much pomp and circumstance. The Davy Crockett was first launched in 1942 but eventually sold and converted to a barge; in 2011, the scrapped barge was discovered to be leaking oil into the Columbia River near Camas. The ship's owner pleaded guilty to two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. And now the ship's anchor is sitting atop a plaque that points out the nicer Clark County connection: Liberty Middle School was named to honor the Camas workers who built equipment for Liberty Ships such as the Davy Crockett.