On any of our tours around the Charleston harbor, you’ll get a great view of the USS Yorktown, the showcase of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. The USS Yorktown was the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. The ship weighs more than 27,000 tons and stretches almost 900 feet.
Crews built the Yorktown in less than 17 months at Newport News, Va. Commissioned on April 15, 1943, the Yorktown played a significant role in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945.
Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary “The Fighting Lady” was filmed on board the Yorktown. The Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and placed in reserve before being towed from New Jersey to Charleston in 1975.
Thousands of visitors tour the Yorktown each year, getting an up close and personal look at the lives of sailors and officers in the 1940s. Tours cover all areas of the ship, from the flight deck to the expansive engine rooms that powered the ship.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, located in Mount Pleasant in the shadow of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also hosts a number of educational programs and overnight camps for children and youth groups. The museum houses a Cold War Memorial and serves as the headquarters for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and its official Medal of Honor Museum.
The museum hosts special events throughout the year, including a huge fireworks display on July 4. Visit www.patriotspoint.org for more information and to plan a visit.