Laffey celebrates 66 years!

On Tuesday, the USS Laffey celebrated its 66th year since commissioning at Bath, Maine in 1944. The ship was opened Tuesday for a special media tour while at the South Carolina Ports Authority Pier November at the old Naval Base in North Charleston. It has been nearly five months since the legendary destroyer left Patriots [...]

Happy 100th birthday to the Boy Scouts of America

Nobody knew it at the time, but when American businessman William Boyce lost his way in the London fog in 1909 and was guided to his destination by a boy explaining he was a Scout that this would lead to the American Boy Scout movement. The following year on February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the [...]

Bridge floats past Yorktown!

I don’t think this will happen again for a long time, but today a bridge floated by the Yorktown at Patriots Point. It is the replacement bridge for the old Ben Sawyer bridge linking Sullivan’s Island to mainland Mount Pleasant.  The original bridge was built during World War II and was made famous when Hurricane [...]

5th Grade Floodtide at Patriots Point!

From 12 January to 11 March over 3367 students plus associated teachers and parents will be attending the History/Science Program at Patriots Point. This is the entire 5th grade student population of Charleston County School District! Funding was accomplished by a grant from the USS Yorktown Association and Charleston County School District. Students will be [...]

Laffey drydock complete!

The Laffey was moved from Detyen’s Shipyard yesterday at 1300 to Pier November on the old Naval Base, now South Carolina Ports Authority property in North Charleston, SC. Studies are underway to determine the best site for mooring Laffey upon her return to Patriots Point in the near future. Click here to read more about [...]

Scout Bomber Douglas (SBD) aka Douglas Dauntless

The SBD (scout bomber Douglas) was the most significant aircraft of the Pacific War as it was responsible for the sinking of six Japanese aircraft carriers and 60% of the Japanese ships sunk by aircraft. 5,936 of these dive bombers were built by Douglas from 1940 to 1944 (950 specifically for the Army Air Corp). [...]

December Volunteer Profile – STSCS (SS) Sid Busch

Our December volunteer profile is on Senior Chief Sid Busch. Sid grew up in Brooklyn, New York and joined the Navy in February 1965. He did his basic training at San Diego, California and then received orders to Sonar school at the submarine base in Key West,  Florida. As a submarine sonar technician Sid served [...]

Carriers from heaven or how much did they cost?

A long time ago A million years BC The best things in life Were absolutely free… – Arthur Johnson and Johnny Burke 1936 Six days prior to the “Date of Infamy,” shipyard workers at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, gathered to lay the keel of a new warship. Originally this was to be [...]

Hollywood and the USS Yorktown

As we approach the holiday season many in our nation and the world will be escaping with their friends or loved ones to the movies.  We escape into adventure, romance and other emotions of the human experience. The USS Yorktown has an extensive tie with the dreams of Hollywood and we now take a look [...]

Remembrances of things past…for today and tomorrow

One day recently as I was completing a program on the flight deck of Yorktown, I noticed a lady standing off to the side of the A-6 Intruder aircraft with her hands resting on the aircraft as if to hold it up. Tears streamed down her face, so I walked over and asked if she [...]