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Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum – Virtual Tour

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum – Virtual Tour

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to three museum ships, the Patriots Point Museum, the Cold War Memorial, and a Vietnam Experience Exhibit.

Located in Charleston Harbor, across from Charleston, the Museum Ships include:

  • USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier
  • USS Laffey, a destroyer
  • USS Clamagore, a submarine 

Patriots Point serves as an embarkation point for Fort Sumter tour boats and is home to several other vessels including the submarine USS Clamagore.

The site also is home to the Cold War Submarine Memorial, a replica of a Vietnam Support Base, and the Museum of the Medal of Honor.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

USS Yorktown

The USS Yorktown is one an Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II and named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War.

Yorktown was commissioned in 1943 and participated in several campaigns earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.

She was modernized and recommissioned in 1953 as an attack carrier and served during the Korean War.

The ship was later modernized again becoming an antisubmarine carrier and served in the Pacific, including duty in the Vietnam War.

The USS Yorktown served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission and was used in several movie films.

Yorktown was decommissioned and in 1975 became a museum ship.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

USS Yorktown

  • Name:                      Yorktown
  • Namesake:               Battle of Yorktown
  • Launched:                1943
  • Decommissioned:    1970
  • Nickname:                The Fighting Lady
  • Status:                      Museum Ship
  • Class / type:             Essex-class aircraft carrier
  • Length:                     820 feet (249.9 m) (waterline)
  • Power:                      8 × boilers; 150,000 shp (110,000 kW)
  • Propulsion:              4 × shafts; 4 × geared steam turbines
  • Speed:                     33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
  • Complement:          2,600 personnel
  • Aircraft carried:       91–103 aircraft
  • Museum:                 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

USS Laffey

The USS Laffey is a destroyer, which was constructed during World War II, and commissioned in 1944.

She was the nickname “The Ship That Would Not Die” for her exploits during the D-Day invasion and the battle of Okinawa.

The USS Laffey successfully withstood an assault by bombers and kamikaze air attacks.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

USS Laffey

  • Name:                    Laffey
  • Namesake:             Bartlett Laffey – Seaman Laffey was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1864
  • Commissioned:     1944
  • Decommissioned: 1975
  • Status:                   Museum ship
  • Class/type:            Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer
  • Length:                  376 ft 6 in (114.76 m)
  • Power:                   60,000 shp (45,000 kW)
  • Propulsion:            2 × steam turbines; 2 × shafts
  • Speed:                   34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)
  • Complement:        336
  • Museum:               Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

USS Clamagore

USS Clamagore is a Balao-class submarine, built in 1945 for the United States Navy, she was still in training when World War II ended.

She was named for the clamagore, Blue parrotfish, and is the only surviving example of a GUPPY type submarine.

A GUPPY was part of the Greater Underwater Propulsion Power Program (GUPPY) initiated to improve the submerged speed, maneuverability, and endurance of its submarines. 

USS Clamagore

  • Name:                     Clamagore
  • Launched:               1945
  • Decommissioned:   1973
  • Fate:                        Scheduled to be sunk as an artificial reef by 2021
  • Class / type:            Balao-class diesel-electric submarine
  • Length:                   311 ft 9 in (95.0 m)
  • Propulsion:             4 × V16 diesel engines driving electrical generators, batteries, 4 × high-speed electric motors, two propellers
  • Speed:                    20.25 knots (37.50 km/h; 23.30 mph) surfaced
  • Complement:         10 officers, 70–71 enlisted
  • Museum:                 Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum - Virtual Tour

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

  • Museum:          Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  • City:                  Charleston
  • State:                South Carolina
  • Country:           United States
  • Type:                Ship Museums & Maritime Museum
  • Location:          40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC, United States

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“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

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