Naval Shipyard artifacts returning to N. Charleston

Shipyard Museum aboard the USS Yorktown. (Source: Patriots Point)
Shipyard Museum aboard the USS Yorktown. (Source: Patriots Point)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Naval Shipyard artifacts are set to make their way back home to North Charleston after being on display for more than 30 years on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.

The exhibit, referred to as "Shipyard Museum," consists of tools and equipment built by different shops at the shipyard, and range from the 1920s to 1990s era.

The original exhibit was founded in 1981, and later upgraded and expanded when the shipyard closed in 1996.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says the artifacts will be stored until a permanent location can be found.

"We intent to create a home for the exhibit that complements the Charleston Naval Base Memorial at Riverfront Park and appropriately tells the story of the Shipyard's 90-plus years of history," Summey says.

According to Patriots Point Curator Melissa Buchanan, planning and execution of the move took more than six months.

Patriots Point will use the space left vacant by the exhibit's departure to host traveling and rotational exhibits, and possibly event space.