Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Patriots Point

Another "must see" for history buffs visiting Charleston is the Naval and Maritime museum at Patriots Point, which is not a museum in the traditional sense. It is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown, the Cold War era submarmine Clamagore, and a reproduction of a Vietnam Naval support base.

The Yorktown:

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There are several old planes on display onboard the Yorktown and Blaze loves planes and rockets, so once he got in this cockpit, it was hard to get him out again.
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Feeding the Crew:
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Aircraft Carriers are like floating cities, with dentists, doctors, a butcher, and a bakery.

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Surgery:
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Sick Bay:
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Blaze briefing us on our next mission:
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The aircraft carrier also contained a modern air-conditioned movie theater where we watched a History Channel documentary that used computer graphics to recreate the air battle that went on above the Destroyer Laffey during WWII. The Laffey, which was hit by 5 Kamikazes and 3 bombs, was known as "the ship that wouldn't die". After the movie, we were able to go look at the Laffey, which was docked nearby, but we were not able to board the ship.








The Submarine Clamagore:

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DH really doesn't like enclosed places, so he really didn't like the submarine.

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4 comments:

Tammy said...

What a fabulous hands-on learning experience for Blaze! How much time were you able to spend there? It looks like a pretty extensive tour...

I'm laughing over the cookie recipe. ;)

Crescent Moon said...

We were there for about three hours. There were actually two sections of the carrier tour we didn't take, because it was so hot and stuffy onboard and there were so many steep stairs to climb ( Blaze is not a big fan of stairs, but we climbed up and down so many on this trip, that he's getting better with them).

Sandra said...

I think I would get tired after making the first 1000 cookies and would need a serious break.

Dawn said...

What a great experience to visit these places. I went on a submarine once in SF Bay, and I couldn't wait to get off...it felt very scary to be under water in a tight space like that.

Crafty Crow