Out of all the things to see in Charleston, Fantasy RV chose Patriots Point. Hm… more military. At Patriots Point, I saw the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and the USS Laffey destroyer. They had other exhibits, but I barely had enough time to go through the 2 ships. I have to admit, the ships were quite impressive. One lasting impressive is stairs, lots and lots of stairs. They were everywhere and so steep, they were like ladders.
The aircraft carrier was so long it was hard to get a photo of the whole thing, so I borrowed one to give you perspective.
The first part of the tour took you through the day-to-day stuff, like laundry, food, sleeping quarters,, dentist, barber, medical, etc.
I wanted to go down to the engine room. It involved descending to the bottom of the ship. After about 5 ladders down with everything looking the same, I stopped, but there were still a couple of more ladders to go. It was getting hot down there and everything started looking the same.
I moved up out the bowels of the ship to the main and upper levels.
Back out on the deck, there were lots of historic aircraft.
The USS Laffey was parked beside the aircraft carrier. Inside it basically looks the same as the aircraft carrier but on a much smaller scale. They were showing a History channel show about this particular ship which sustained an unrelenting attack by 22 Japanese bombers and kamikaze in the Battle of Okinawa. The USS Laffey downed 13 planes. Wikipedia says “Laffey survived despite being badly damaged by four bombs, six kamikaze crashes, and strafing fire that killed 32 and wounded 71.”
Afterwards we all had lunch at the Charleston Crab Company.