Submarine Clamagore to remain closed until June at Patriots Point
The World War II-era submarine Clamagore at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant will remain closed to the public until June while it undergoes repairs, naval and maritime museum director Mac Burdette said Thursday.
“There’s absolutely no truth that she will remain closed permanently,” he said.
The 322-foot-long vessel has been off limits to visitors since it was moved to the south end of the aircraft carrier Yorktown earlier this year. It originally was parallel to the massive warship on the marsh side but was moved to make way for the destroyer Laffey, which returned to the naval and maritime museum in Charleston Harbor in January after undergoing $9.2 million in repairs to its hull.
The Laffey will reopen fully to the public April 13, when a homecoming celebration that weekend will mark its triumphant return after three years at a North Charleston dock to undergo repairs.
As for the Clamagore’s long-range future, that’s something the board of directors will have to take up at some point, Burdette said.
“She needs a lot of work,” he said.
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