MOUNT PLEASANT — Patriots Point is bringing home the storied World War II-era warship Laffey, but the move will close down the naval and maritime tourist attraction for a week in January.
The board on Monday voted unanimously to spend just over $1 million to dock the repaired vessel where the submarine Clamagore sits now beside the aircraft carrier Yorktown.
The Clamagore will be moved next to the marina at the old home of the Coast Guard cutter Ingham. It was moved to Key West, Fla., in 2009.
The Laffey remains moored at Shipyard Creek in North Charleston after being repaired at a cost of $9.2 million. The Laffey, riddled with rusting holes, seemed poised to sink into Charleston Harbor.
To tow the Laffey to its new position, Patriots Point will have to cut a 60-foot section out of the pier that allows visitors to access the Yorktown by foot. With the section out, the attraction will have to be closed for a week, Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said.
"We chose the second week of January because that's out slowest time," he said. "If there is a delay, we can do it the fourth week of January."
Patriots Point has the money on hand to pay for the Laffey's return, Burdette said, but the waterfront attraction still owes $8.7 million on a state loan and must come up with a plan to repay the money by June 2013.
Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.