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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976. Today the museum consists of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) with 29 aircraft on display from WWII to the present; the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner-class destroyer; and the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a GUPPY III submarine. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is headquartered here and their official Medal of Honor Museum is onboard the USS Yorktown. There is also a Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base Camp on the surrounding grounds.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 2, 2013

The ships on display here bring to mind the incredible sacrifices our servicemen made in the Greatest Generation. Start with the submarine, unless you are claustrophobic, because the quarters are incredibly tight. The thought of being under the sea in this tiny little boat is impossible to comprehend. The captains quarters is smaller than an old half bathroom. How these men were able to fight and not go insane is a tribute to their physical and mental toughness.
We moved on to the destroyer Laffey, with some incredible history displayed in photos and the tour of the ship.
The Yorktown, the most famous of the three, is very impressive in it's size and power. An entire day could be spent just on this ship without covering it all. The plane displays and the sheer size take hours to visit.
We spent 5 hours here, and to me it seemed like minutes.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Dad loved this... but we didn't have enough time (or energy) to see all 3 ships... just the big one... gift shop was a hit too... found lots of Civil War books and Confederate memorabilia for my cousins' boys...

Thank CristaT
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

No matter which warship you're on, you cannot help but imagine the lives of the sailors. For the submariners, the doldrums of a long patrol, cruising on the diesels, punctuated by the harsh call for a crash dive. On the destroyer, keeping watch on the horizon, shepherding the battle group, then going on the hunt for that ghostly swish of an enemy sub's propeller wash. Lastly, on the carrier, on edge watching for that hook to snatch the arresting gear, followed by a mad scramble to get the fighter parked, secure chocks, and help get the pilot out. Yes, you can lose all sense of time here. And it will be time not wasted.

Thank OneNZero
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

If you are into military history this is a must. The carrier and destroyer both saw action in WW2 and its awesome to be on ships that helped win the war. The destroyer was hit by kamikazes. There are tons of military planes on the flight deck and hangar bay of the Yorktown. The submarine was also interesting to tour. The medal of honor museum was a plus as well.

Thank coyote_surfer
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Having served aboard the USS Yorktown 40 years ago this was a real treat. The displays are well done and informative. I was disappointed that so little mention was made of the Vietnam Era service of the vessels. It seemed the shipboard maintenance was significantly below US Navy standards. Perhaps it was because I visited off-season. If you served aboard any of these ships this will be a real nostalgia trip.

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