Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Charleston - USS Yorktown - Part 3

Having never been to Charleston before, we weren't sure where anything was. We were driving around and saw a sign pointing towards "Patriots Point." Being novices in the tourism department, we went to see what it was.

It was the U.S.S. Yorktown and assorted displays. I had been looking for this in the tourism information and could not find it. Who knew it was called Patriots Point? Not us.

Visiting the ship required much walking, but fortunately the park officials provide folks with canes or disabilities a ride on a golf cart and they have installed an elevator on the ship. Had they not I think I would have fallen overboard from exhaustion and pain, but fortunately that did not happen.

My husband was thrilled with the ship. The Yorktown served in World War II as an aircraft carrier. The ship also served in other wars (Korea, Vietnam) and was the ship that picked up the Apollo 8 astronauts. The ship was decommissioned in 1970 and it became a tourist attraction in 1975.

The deck is full of old aircraft. Inside the aircraft carrier is a museum. A battleship, the U.S.S. Laffey, is also moored near the aircraft carrier.



The U.S.S. Yorktown

It's a very big boat.


Many planes sat on the upper deck.


My husband examining some kind of gun.

 
Husband examining a plane. He said the planes all looked
like they would fall apart if you touched them. He was awed.


A helicopter on deck.


Another plane.


Two more planes. Big ship to hold so many planes.


The observation tower and a plane.


Below, they had a museum.


A wall of honor.


The Apollo 8 capsule. This captivated me more than the
ship did, since I am a big NASA fan. I stood and admired
this while the husband roamed around looking at the
things he wanted to see.


Go NASA! Go NASA!


Yorktown Museum exhibits.


A battleship called the U.S.S. Laffey


More U.S.S. Laffey


A little bit about the battleship.


We did not go down into the submarine. It is just before a dock, as you can tell from all the boats.


Husband admiring the battleship.

3 comments:

  1. Neat photos and glad you both found something to enjoy! My husband is a total airplane freak since he was Air Force.... but the ships, not so much, but they are beautiful. Like you, I like the NASA displays. It's great to see how far we have come in the exploration of space as far as the spaceships that carry men there. Pretty awesome.

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  2. Wow! You guys lucked out stumbling across this- it's impressive! Looks like you're having decent weather, too!

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  3. Glad you found this site by accident -- looks like one my dad would have loved.

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