MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The USS Yorktown and USS Laffey are fighting a new battle and need help to be named the best museum ships in the world.
The two ships docked at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum are part of an online contest for USA Today Travel. Readers will choose the best of more 188 historic vessels. Online voting is open and readers can vote once per day through July 18. The winner will be announced July 22.
Nearly 300,000 visitors a year tour the USS Yorktown and USS Laffey and more than 20,000 students take part in field trips to the historic vessels. The USS Yorktown is home to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Medal of Honor Museum. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the USS Yorktown is also celebrating its 40th anniversary as a museum this year.
The USS Laffey, known as "the ship that would not die," is the only surviving U.S. World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic. The ship participating in the Normandy invasion and also sustained severe damage at the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945. The USS Laffey underwent a $9 million overhaul and returned to Patriots Point in 2012.
To vote for the USS Yorktown and USS Laffey as the best museum ships, click here.
For more information on the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, go to patriotspoint.org.