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Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

An October 2003 trip to Charleston by zerbet

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: While staying in Myrtle Beach SC for the week, we decided to take a day trip down to Charleston, specifically to visit Patriot's Point. I decided to write a separate journal for this activity to allow me the flexibility to add more photographs of the trip.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

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Overview

Patriot's Point Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Overview: Patriot’s Point is a Naval and Maritime Museum located on the North side of Charleston Harbor Overview: Patriot’s Point is a Naval and Maritime Museum located on the North side of Charleston Harbor. Exhibits in the (1) USS Yorktown (CV10), a WWII aircraft carrier; (2) the USS Laffey (DD724), a WWII destroyer; (3) Ingram (WHEC-35), a Coast Guard cutter that served in WWII, (4) the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a diesel attack submarine, (5) the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s museum and headquarters, and (6) a Navy Advance Tactical Support base from the Vietnam era. Directions: Patriot’s Point is a two-hour drive down highway 17 from Mrytle Beach....Read More

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

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Attraction | "The USS Yorktown -- Patriot's Point"

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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yorktown USS Yorktown: The Yorktown is the primary draw of the museum. According the material provided at the museum, she was "Commissioned on April 15, 1943, 'The Fighting Lady' was named for USS YORKTOWN (CV-5), sunk at Midway. She played a leading part in the war in the Pacific, receiving a Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for her service in World War II. Naval aircraft launched from her flight deck helped sink the largest battleship ever built, the Imperial Japanese Navy's Yamato. Converted for jet use by the addition of an angled flight deck in 1955, she served as an anti-submarine carrier in Vietnam." The tour entrance leads into the hanga...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point
Charleston Harbor
Charleston, South Carolina

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

Attraction | "Aircraft on the Yorktown -- Patriot's Point"

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Aircraft on the USS Yorktown:

There are several aircraft on exhibit about the USS Yorktown. These include an (1) F-4 Phantom, (2) A-4 Skyhawk, (3) HH-53 helocopter, (4) A-6 Intruder, (5) A-7 Corsair, (6) F-8 Crusader, and an (7) F-14 Tomcat. There are located on the flightdeck. There are some additional aircraft in the hangar bay, one of which allows visitor to sit in the cockpit.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2003

USS Yorktown at Patriots Point
Charleston Harbor
Charleston, South Carolina

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Attraction | "The USS Laffey -- Patriot's Point"

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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laffey USS Laffey: The detsroyer LAFFEY has a very interesting history. According the material provided at the museum, "'The heroic destroyer LAFFEY, commissioned on February 8, 1944, participated in the D-Day landings of Allied troops at Normandy four months later. Transferred to the Pacific, she was attacked by 22 Japanese planes and hit by four bombs and six kamikazes during a single hour in combat off Okinawa on April 16, 1945. Her gallant crew not only kept her afloat, but managed to shoot down 11 planes during the attack.' The tour entrance begins at the rear of the ship and is a single route, self-guided tour that includes the berthing areas, post off...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2003

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29464-4377

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Attraction | "USS Clamagore -- Patriot's Point"

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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clamagore USS Clamagore: After the Yorktown, the Clamagore is the next largest draw of the museum. Everyone has a fascination for seeing what life is like aboard a submarine. If you only have time to tour two vessels, I would definitely make the Clamagore one of them. I have also toured the USS Torsk, a WWII vintage submarine, in Baltimore. The Clamagore is at least twice as large at the Torsk--maybe more. According the material provided at the museum, she was "commissioned on June 28, 1945, as the war in the Pacific was drawing to a close. Based at Charleston for much of her career, she cruised Atlantic and Mediterranean waters for nearly thirty years, includi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29464-4377

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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Attraction | "Navy Tactical Support Base -- Patriot's Point"

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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navyasb Navy Advanced Tactical Support Base: Being a Vietnam vet, this was probably my favorite exhibit. The entire support base is surrounded by protective wire fencing. As you approach from the visitor's entrance area the first thing you see is Huey Cobra helicopter off to the right. As you approach the entrance to the camp, you pass a 31-foot river patrol boat (PBR), the workhorse of the "Brown Water Navy." Once inside the perimeter, you can visit the individual exhibits including a dining facility, sleeping quarters (hootch), mortar pit, gun and observation tower, ammo bunker, and two UH-1 helicopters. To the best of my recollection, these exhibits are excel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2003

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29464-4377