USS Yorktown to be rechristened Sunday on 75th anniversary

VIDEO: USS Yorktown rechristened on its 75th anniversary
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt christened the USS Yorktown on Jan. 21, 1943. (Source: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum)
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt christened the USS Yorktown on Jan. 21, 1943. (Source: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum)
Original crew members of the USS Yorktown will attend its 75th anniversary celebration on April 15. (Source: Patroits Point Naval & Maritime Museum)
Original crew members of the USS Yorktown will attend its 75th anniversary celebration on April 15. (Source: Patroits Point Naval & Maritime Museum)
Ribbons that were on the champagne bottle used in the first christening of the ship (Source: Patriots Point)
Ribbons that were on the champagne bottle used in the first christening of the ship (Source: Patriots Point)
A piece of the original champagne bottle used in the first christening (Source: Patriots Point)
A piece of the original champagne bottle used in the first christening (Source: Patriots Point)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Seventy-five years after the commissioning of the USS Yorktown, the ship, now a museum, will be rechristened at Patriot's Point.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will celebrate the USS Yorktown CV-10's 75th anniversary on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"We are looking forward to having a little fun with the ship's anniversary," Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette said.

The Yorktown was launched on January 21, 1943, after then-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt broke a ceremonial champagne bottle against the ship's hull.

Nearly three months after her launch, the USS Yorktown CV-10 was officially commissioned on April 15, 1943, becoming the 10th aircraft carrier to serve the U.S. Navy.

Roosevelt's granddaughter, Nancy Roosevelt Ireland, will recreate that moment when she breaks a bottle against the hull to rechristen the aircraft carrier.

"It will be quite a moment for Ms. Ireland to walk in the footsteps of her grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt, a true American hero," Burdette said.

Some of the Yorktown's original crew will take part in a meet-and-greet event with other former crew members. The Yorktown also recently purchased the ribbons from the original champagne bottle Roosevelt used to christen the ship. A shipyard worker from Newport News, Virginia owned the ribbons until his death when they came into possession of the artifacts dealer. Patriots Point then purchased the ribbons from the dealer, according to Patriots Point spokesman Chris Hauff.

The ribbons will go on-display the weekend of the rechristening and can be viewed for a short time after.

Admission fees to Patriots Point will be waived from 1 to 2 p.m. Normal parking rates will apply.

A commemorative 75th-anniversary poster will be given to the first 300 people who attend the meet-and-greet event.

Ireland will then take part in a free symposium about her grandmother at 11 a.m. at the Yorktown on Monday.

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