Patriots Point closes Sunday for a week to reberth warship Laffey

The 377-foot-long Laffey is moored at Shipyard Creek in North Charleston.

Patriots Point naval and maritime museum will close at 9 a.m. Sunday and remain closed for a week to reberth the hull-repaired World War II-era destroyer Laffey.

The old warship, which remains moored at Shipyard Creek in North Charleston after undergoing hull repairs at a cost of more than $9 million in 2009, is set to be brought home sometime next week and parked parallel to the USS Yorktown, the World War II-era aircraft carrier that anchors one of the Charleston area's top tourist attractions.

Known as "The Ship That Would Not Die" for surviving kamikaze attacks, the Laffey will be docked where the submarine Clamagore now sits. The Clamagore will be moved to the south end of the Yorktown where the Coast Guard cutter Ingham once sat near the marina. It was transferred to Key West, Fla., in 2009.

Laffey's return will require a 60-foot section of the concrete walkway leading to the naval vessels to be removed so the ship can be anchored next to the Yorktown.

Crews are expected to start work Sunday on the $1 million project, cutting into the pier and underlying electrical, water and sewer lines.

"We are keeping our fingers crossed that everything will go according to plan," Burdette said.

Read more in Saturday's editions of The Post and Courier.