Ships at Patriots Point – Events and History

USS CLAMAGORE was commissioned on 28 June 1945, as the war in the Pacific was drawing to a close. Based at Charleston for much of her career, she cruised Atlantic and Mediterranean waters for nearly thirty years.

USS Clamagore

USS Clamagore

Twice modified from her original World War II configuration, Clamagore continued in service as one of the U. S. Navy’s last diesel-powered submarines until decommissioned in 1975. She was rowed to Patriots Point in May 1981 and opened to the public in November.

Control room onboard the Clamagore.

Control room onboard the Clamagore.

Aboard the Clamagore, it is easy to visualize what it was like to live onboard a submarine, visit her control room, crew’s berthing and mess areas, engine rooms, maneuvering room and a memorial to submariners lost at sea.

Click on the below for other submarine links:

Submarine World Network

United States Navy Submarine Warfare Division

United States Submarine Veterans’ Home Page

5 thoughts on “Ships at Patriots Point – Events and History

  1. On your article about USS Clamagore, it stated that the submarine was rowed to Patriots Point in 1981. Shouldn’t that be towed?

    Jim Jones, USN, Retired
    Former USS Yorktown Volunteer

  2. We visited Patriots Point recently, and though all the parts of the museum were awesome, the USS Clamagore was by far the most EPIC!!! I mean, how many can say they’ve actually frolic’d within the confines of a REAL war sub!! We had so much fun and we’re so glad we ‘saved the best for last’ – the Clamagore was our last stop that day, and we had the sub mostly to ourselves. AND we got some amazing pictures and video including the sun setting behind the Clamagore <3

    We are already planning a return trip in the next few months, and have told everyone we know what a great experience it was. We hope the Clamagore will still be waiting for us and for future generations to enjoy!

    Sincerely, The Sheldons

  3. was there several years ago and totally enjoyed my visit. Was readily apparent Laffey had just been through overhaul and Yorktown was awesome to visit but was in dire need of at least a paint job and not sure how long has been since had the hull checked. Being an ex Navy Hull Technician was very disappointed in the shape Clamagore was in. Any chance there are any Naval Reserve units located near by that may want to do some Active Duty time or drill weekends to work on Clamagore for training> I know when I was stationed at the Naval Academy we did our training on the YP’s that the Academy used for proficiency

    • Good afternoon Mr. Fones. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your last visit here; you will have to come again some day. Yes, the USS Laffey did have a completely hull replacement a few years ago. She was placed in dry dock for more than a year for the improvements. As for the USS Yorktown, we cannot put her in dry dock because she is buried over 25 feet in “mud.” However, a recent and extensive structural report was performed and found that the hull of the USS Yorktown is in surprisingly good shape. You can read more here:

      As for the Clamagore, we are exploring every option to do what is best for the submarine and still allows us to meet our obligations to our other vessels and the rest of the museum. Sailors attending the NPTU (Nuclear Power Training Unit) here in Charleston do come as part of their curriculum to explore the Clamagore and the Yorktown and learn how the basics of their operations still tie into today’s nuclear submarines. We recently had a team of chief selects from the NPTU-Charleston come and spend the day volunteering on the Clamagore (and throughout our museum). They worked to clean her up a bit and throughout the year, other groups come and do the same.

      Thanks again for your interest in our museum!

      Molly Hamilton
      Public Information & Media Relations

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