Naval Museum Tour
Patriots Point is home to USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Laffey (DD-724), USCG cutter Ingham (WHEC-35), USS Clamagore (SS-343) and many other historic maritime and aviation exhibits.
U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10)
The Fighting Lady
one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Initially to have been named Bon Homme Richard, she was renamed Yorktown while under construction to commemorate USS Yorktown (CV-5), lost at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Yorktown was commissioned in April 1943, and participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. In 1975 she became a museum ship at Patriot's Point and is a National Historic Landmark.
U.S.S. Laffey (DD-724)
The Ship That Would Not Die
A Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer built in 1944, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Bartlett Laffey. Seaman Laffey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his stand against Confederate forces on 5 March 1864. This ship saw many exploits during the D-Day invasion and the battle of Okinawa when she successfully withstood a determined assault by conventional bombers and the most unrelenting kamikaze air attacks in history.
USCG Ingham (WHEC-35)
One of only two preserved Treasury-class United States Coast Guard Cutters (1934-1988). Originally Samuel D. Ingham, she was the fourth cutter to be named for Treasury Secretary Samuel D. Ingham. She was the most decorated vessel in the Coast Guard fleet and was the only cutter to ever be awarded two Presidential Unit Citations.
U.S.S. Clamagore (SS-353)
Balao-class submarine of the United States Navy, built in 1945 and still in training when World War II ended. She was named for the clamagore or blue parrotfish, Scarus coeruleus, found in the West Indies and along the Atlantic coast as far north as Maryland.
Exhibits & Activities
Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft.
Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you'll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.
Family-oriented activities for all ages abound: two types of flight simulators, music videos, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, "Ejection Seat Theater," and much more.
The Fighting Lady Cafe
The Fighting Lady Café serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Menu options include appetizers, sandwiches, salads, barbecue platters and a choice of several desserts.
Located in the original CPO Galley, the café is air conditioned and offers table-side service.
Families / Youth Groups
For more than 25 years, the Youth Overnight Camping Program on board the USS YORKTOWN is one of the nation's top education adventures. Download Group Camping Info Packet.
Imagine spending the night on the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history! Organized youth groups have that opportunity! Deployment aboard the Yorktown includes:
- Audio Tour / Astronomy / Aviation / Flight Academy /
Fort Sumter Tour / Harbor Cruise / History and Science /
Oceanography / Climbing Wall / VIP Tour Options
- Dinner and breakfast on the mess deck; once used by the enlisted crew;
- Sleeping in enlisted crew berths (supervised);
- Unique Shipboard Flag Ceremony and Bugle Calls
- A taste of Navy life and Navy order; and loads of fun!
- Water Taxi to Historic Fort Sumter Monument (Separate Admission)
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Scouting / Home Schools
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Patriots Point Museum
Address: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC;
Contact: ; Museum Website;
Open Daily: 9:30AM-6PM (Exc: Christmas)
RSVP: All groups of 8 or more.
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