MOUNT PLEASANT The World War II destroyer known as "the ship that would not die" successfully left its moorings this morning, then slowly and safely made a short trip up the Cooper River for repairs.

Two tugboats pushed and pulled the USS Laffey from the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor up the river to Detyens Shipyards at the former Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston.

The move, which took about 75 minutes, was timed with the month's highest tides. Repairs to its rusting, leaking hull are expected to take about four months and will be financed with a $9 million state loan.

The Laffey earned its nickname as "the ship that would not die" from surviving kamikaze attacks during the war.

Read the full story in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.