Hundreds of SC Social Studies Teachers Hold Conference at Patriots Point

More than 300 social studies teachers from around South Carolina will gather at Patriots Point this week for the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies annual fall conference.  The teachers, who represent schools all across the state, will be on board the USS Yorktown Thursday September 26th – Saturday September 28th. The teachers will [...]

Video Thursday: John Philip Sousa

Next week on Veterans Day the Charleston Community Band will be performing at Patriots Point at 2 PM and I would not be surprised to hear some  of the below pieces. Enjoy these videos and come on out for our Veterans Day concert! The first march we’ll listen to is the Semper Fidelis March. Next [...]

The First Air Admiral

Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett, The Father of Naval Aviation Today is the birthday of the naval officer who was able to foresee a powerful air arm of the United States Navy. William Adger Moffett was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on 31 October 1869. He was the son of Confederate Captain George Hall Moffett, [...]

Carolina's First Ship With Colonists: Adventure

Lots of sights can be seen from the flight deck of Yorktown at Patriots Point…dolphins, manatees, alligators, C-17′s, Blue Angels, the Hunley…but today a replica of the proprietary colony of Carolina’s first sailing vessel could be see from our World War II aircraft carrier’s flight deck. Above is a replica of Adventure, a 17th century [...]

Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point

I touch the day, I taste the light, I remember – W. S. Merwin When the Medal of Honor Museum opened to the public in May of 2007, a new interactive world of exhibits was placed onboard the USS Yorktown. This small world enables connections and memory to take over. The caption on the image [...]

Video Thursday Air Expo Charleston 2011

Today we’ll see videos that will pump us up for the Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston this Saturday. The Air Force Thunderbirds are our first video as we see a preview of their aerial skill… Here’s Bill Walsh, TV Weatherman extraordinaire from WCSC TV, who is also an Air Force Reservist talking about the [...]

What is a knot? Part II

The use of the term knot goes back to the day of sailing ships. Sailors would toss over a “Dutch log” which had a line attached with knots tied into it at intervals. Through trial and error, seamen found that the 28-second sand glass would do the best job and you didn’t want more time, [...]

Bureau of Naval Aeronautics founded 1921

Yesterday marked the 89th anniversary of the formation of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics on 10 August 1921. Charlestonian Captain William Adger Moffett was nominated by President Harding to become the first Chief of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics, a position he would hold until his death in the crash of the airship Akron in [...]

Blue Angels wow scouts on Yorktown Saturday night!

As the sun set Saturday, 17 April, on the Yorktown, the entire Blue Angels team (officer and enlisted) converged on Hangar Deck 3 to meet and greet our weekend campers! Every pilot, except LT C. J. Simonsen (who was doing a maintenance hop getting a jet ready for Sunday’s performance), showed up to talk with [...]

Yorktown Association returns for 62nd Reunion!

Former crewmembers of the USS Yorktown began arriving today for their 62nd Reunion! The first reunion was 15 April 1948 (5th anniversary of  CV-10′s commissioning) in New York City at Ruppert’s Brewery.  The guests of honor were Rear Admiral “Jocko” Clark (1st commanding officer) and Rear Admiral R. R. Walker (1st executive officer). Along with [...]