George looks in surprise. "What wait no, I meant cruiser as a general navy ship term. It's not a cruiser classed ship, it's class is a corvette, they're basically like patrol boats, just a little larger. I'm not insane - yet - and I highly doubt the U.S. Navy would sell one of those to civvies even without the armament. Here, take a look," George slides a docket over towards Ted. A picture: Spoiler "She's not massive enough as to attract attention. With the main armament stripped out you'd never even had known she used to be a warship. Now, she served in the Second World War, participated at the Battle of Midway, and was built in Great Britain and then shipped off to the United States Navy as part of the reverse lend-lease program in payment for other goods given to the UK. After the war she was brought back to the states, served until 1951 as a patrol boat, and then after that was decommissioned and served as a museum right here in Seattle, though the US Navy still owned her. Well, as part of the recent Presidential administration the Navy received some budget cuts, and when finances were audited to see where they could save money they found out that she really wasn't doing all that well as a museum, and would better be sold." "They refurbished her hull and replaced the engine, and was planning on selling her to the Greece Navy as a reconnaissance vessel as a result of their recent issues with Turkey over islands in the Aegean, until the whole... y'know... recession thing in 2008. After that deal fell through, they stripped out the armament and decided to auction her off. I purchased her at a discount, using nearly over half of the cash I've, err, collected and stockpiled - over the years. Sometimes, some of the creatures you hunt have very expensive and lucrative items in their homes. But funding yourself a lesson for another day." "Now, with crew, back in the Second World War she could be crewed with a skeleton crew of eight if she had to. However, with modern computational systems, and navigational computers, that eliminates a large workload. All we really need is a man on the wheel, a man on the engine, a man on support/lower deck duty, and finally a coordinator. In short: a captain, a first mate, a bosun, and a boatswain. Four people. Anything extra would be exactly that - extra. That's it. She's also going to be docked most of the time, I don't expect us to constantly be on the move." "Now - further questions?"