USS Yorktown State Park Travel Guide

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    Coast Guard cutter Ingram and marina from carrier 4 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    We did not get to visit this ship because of lack of time but it is included in the total admission. The website says:

    "The Coast Guard Cutter INGHAM was one of the most decorated vessels in U. S. service, having received 18 ribbons during a career that spanned more than 50 years.

    "Commissioned in 1936, INGHAM cruised in Alaskan and Pacific waters prior to World War II. During World War II, she participated in 31 convoys including those of the "Bloody Winter" of 1942-43 in the North Atlantic and was credited with the sinking of the Nazi submarine U-626. .. Well after the war ended, she continued her tradition of valorous service, receiving two Presidential Unit Citations for duty off Vietnam and ending her career with major victories in the "War Against Drugs"."

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    by grandmaR Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Bob served as an enlisted man on submarines before he went to the Naval Academy. When we went to see the USS Yorktown, we also visited the submarine. He was much happier with the submarine presentation because it was more like when he served on submarines.

    The website says: "USS CLAMAGORE was commissioned on June 28, 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, including critical patrols at the height of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. 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.

    "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. "

    In truth it is hard to do much to butcher up a submarine - there isn't enough room inside. This is not a handicapped available exhibit because each section of the submarine is cut off by watertight doors and you have to step over the sill.

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    by grandmaR Written Jun 18, 2003

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    At Patriot Point is the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10), the Fighting Lady. Moored next to her is USS LAFFEY (DD-724), a World War II destroyer. Also moored alongside are the United States Coast Guard cutter INGHAM (WHEC-35), and the diesel attack submarine USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343).

    Because we waited until after our DIL got off work, it was late in the day when we visited and we only got to see the carrier and the submarine. Our DIL and grandson went on the simulator (which wouldn't have been there in real life)

    Winter hours (October 1 - March 31): Ticket sales from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Gift shop hours from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Closing time is 6:30 PM in winter .

    Summer hours (April 1 - September 30): Ticket sales from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Gift shop hours from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Closing time is 7:30 PM in summer.

    INDIVIDUAL RATES

    Adult (12 & older) $12.50
    Children (6 - 11YRS.)$ 6.00
    Senior Citizen/Active Duty Military w/ ID $11.00
    Children (Under 6 yrs. w/ parent) and Military in Uniform No Charge

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    Submarine memorial

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 27, 2008

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    Favorite thing: When I was dating my husband in high school, he was in the submarine reserves as an enlisted man. Then when he was at the US Naval Academy, he spent some of his first class year cruise (between junior and senior year) on a submarine up in New London CT, and I visited up there from where I was at a summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole MA. Later he decided to be an aviator rather than a submariner, but we found the submarine at Patriots Point very interesting to tour when we were there in 2000.

    When we returned in 2003, we saw this memorial.

    Fondest memory: I looked for information and Cold War Submarine Memorial Foundation has an explanation of the memorial

    "The focus of the Memorial is a full-sized replica of a Benjamin Franklin Class Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine, typical of those that were stationed in Charleston throughout the Cold War. The submarine is depicted returning from a 70 day strategic deterrent patrol, headed fair in the Charleston channel on entry course of 299o True. The earth is sculptured and landscaped to represent the smooth water build-up over the bow of the submarine, and a frothy, persistent wake crashing to either side of the ship as it moves through the water, both typical of this type of submarine when underway. The submarine is constructed to accurate scale using segmented retaining wall stone for the hull, and with the actual sail, sail planes and rudder from the decommissioned FBM submarine USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644) mounted appropriately thereon. As is the case with an actual submarine underway, there are no openings in the hull, and it is dangerous to climb on the hull."

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    by grandmaR Written Jun 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Yorktown is visible from across the Cooper River in Charleston. It is a good landmark.

    Fondest memory: My husband went with our son and grandchildren and he could tell them a bit about when he served in the Navy

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