USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier
40 Patriots Point RD, Charleston, SC, USA
www.patriotspoint.org/exhibi… - 866-831-1720
USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier Charleston Reviews
Great Area of Navy American History Oct 01, 2010
While vacationing in Charleston, SC you must visit the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier the world's most imposing military marvel during WWII. "The Fighting Lady" is filled with incredible weapons and war planes. Yorktown fought Japanese forces at Iwo Jima and became target of desperate Kamikaze missions. In 1968 it recovered the Apollo space ship crew. Admission Fee: adults $15, seniors and military $13, children (6 to 11) $8, and under 6 is FREE. Tips to know before you go: 1. The ticket let's you visit the Clamagore submarine, the Laffey destroyer, the Coast Guard cutter INGHAM and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum. 2. You can easily spend hours on the carrier itself. Start your tour at the Clamagore submarine then continue on to the Honor Museum, then take your time with the carrier. 3. At times it's difficult getting up and down the stairs and in and out of the tiny rooms (most rooms are not handicap accessible).
It is a truly amazing place to visit even if your not into history, just if u have a liking for military ships, this is one you have to see. It’s like you can visualize being in the movie Top Gun when walking along the flight deck. The walking self tour took me over 3 hours to complete as there is so much to see. You get to climb up to the bridge and sit in the Captain’s chair at one point and even make your way down to the mess hall. The Yorktown during the wars had over 3500 crew members to which in the mess hall, the cooks had to cook 4 meals a day for everyone.
The Yorktown would take your breath away as it is so big and amazing to just walk in. You forget you are walking on a ship since the size of the ship is so big. The USS Yorktown carrier is located at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. It's open daily from 9 AM to 6:30 PM.
Here is an exact writing of the Yorktown from the website.” The USS Yorktown (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Under construction as Bon Homme Richard, this new Essex-class carrier was renamed Yorktown in honor of Yorktown (CV-5), sunk at the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942). Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, Yorktown was commissioned on April 15, 1943. Yorktown participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary "The Fighting Lady" was filmed aboard Yorktown.
Here is an exact writing of the Yorktown from the website.”
Also at the Yorktown check out the Submarine that is there. Here is the exact description from the website on it
“The CLAMAGORE (SS-43) was built as a Balao-class submarine by Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. Commissioned too late to see action in World War II, CLAMAGORE would serve the next 30 years during the Cold War. In 1948, CLAMAGORE underwent GUPPY II conversion to improve underwater performance. GUPPY was the term used by the Navy for its Greater Underwater Propulsion Program. “
The Clamagore is quite neat as you get to walk into it and walk between all the water tight doors, quite a chore but very realistic. You can picture how it was working on such a vessel during the wars it was used in, Very interesting.
40 Patriots Point Rd
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Part of the Charleston, South Carolina Adventure 2010 travel blog
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