Welcome Home To “The Ship That Would Not Die,” USS Laffey DD-724
Jan 25, 2012
Laffey home moored in her new berth next to Yorktown!
World War II destroyer USS Laffey departed her temporary home on Shipyard Creek for her real home at Patriots Point around 7 AM this morning. Below is a series of images showing her approach and lineup for her new berth. The morning was cool, crisp and clear, perfect for bringing the famous warship home. Welcome home Laffey, we are excited to have her back where she belongs and now preparations will begin to get her open for the public once again. Stay tuned for updates and the opening celebration we plan to hold!
Laffey under tow beneath the Ravenel Bridge on the way home!
Patriots Point in the distance as Laffey heads home.
About to make her final turn out of the channel with Charleston in the background.
Laffey on final approach to Patriots Point with the bridge behind her.
About to pass in front of Yorktown's bow, Laffey crew members on flight deck to welcome her back with air horns and cheers!
Just beneath Yorktown's bow, almost there!
This is a photo destroyer and carrier sailors normally hate to see, as the "tin-can" is cut in half by the larger, faster aircraft carrier. Big no no to turn in front of an aircraft carrier.
Rounding the bend for the home stretch!
Laffey beginning to make her correction for lineup to her new berth!
A little right rudder for lineup!
Ready to thread the needle as Laffey approaches the pier opening.
Halfway through the pier opening, almost home!
Laffey clears the pier opening, entering new berth.
Just a few more yards, almost home!
Check out the Laffey's outboard motor! She does the job!
Laffey's mooring lines are pulled in and "The Ship That Would Not Die" is home!
Here is the Post and Courier story by Warren Wise on Laffey’s return.
And here are the photos from Post and Courier!
AP story by Bruce Smith in USA Today on Laffey’s return and in the Washington Post!
WCBD Channel 2 Video and story
Link to more pictures of Laffey from the Channel 4 WCIV news photographer…
Video from Channel 4 News…
WCSC Channel 5 video and story here.
Great video from Mount Pleasant Patch with Laffey Association President Sonny Walker…
Yahoo News article and pictures…