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USS YORKTOWN   (CV-10)
(later CVA-10 and CVS-10)
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum



USS Yorktown (CVS-10) was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pa., on June 27, 1970, after more than 27 years of service, and was mothballed at Bayonne, N.J. Much of her still useful equipment was removed and installed on other, commissioned ships. For almost three years she remained there, presenting a sad sight of growing rust and corrosion, until her name was finally struck from the Navy list on June 1, 1973.

But in 1974 the Patriots Point Development Authority of South Carolina requested the Navy Department to make "The Fighting Lady" available for a Museum. At a ceremony in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 8, 1975, Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II signed the document that turned the ship over to her new owners. No longer able to steam under her own power the ship was towed out of Bayonne on June 9 and arrived in Patriots Point, her present berth, on June 15, after an 800-mile trip.

Restored and gleaming in new paint, Yorktown was formally dedicated as the first ship of the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriots Point, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, on a most fitting date: October 13, 1975, the 200th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy.

Photos by Robert Hall, 2001,
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September 28, 2003.

(Remaining photos by Robert Hall taken in 2001).

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Post card by Charleston Post Card Co., Inc. Photo by Jim Doane (date unknown). Submitted by Tommy Trampp.

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Stern view.

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After SCB-125, her last major conversion, Yorktown was fitted with a starboard deck edge elevator and crane.

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Another view of the same area.

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Starboard view, looking aft.

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Island. Note the escalator for pilots, below flight deck level.

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Bridge over the Cooper River, seen from the island.

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Flight deck.

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Another view of the flight deck, from the island.

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USS Yorktown at night. USS Laffey (DD-724) to the right.

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Ship's Bell and Presidential Unit Citation plaque.

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Ships named Yorktown.

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North American B-25D Mitchell, # 41-29784. This aircraft honors the Doolittle Raiders.

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War Birds on display in the hangar deck. Closest to camera is Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, BuNo 36173. It honors ENS Samuel J. Underhill and ARM3C Franklin D. Richesin.

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More War Birds on display in the hangar deck. Closest to camera is General Motors TBM-3 Avenger, BuNo 53842; its port side honors CDR Walter F. Henry.

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General Motors TBM-3 Avenger, BuNo 53842. Its starboard side honors LCDR Richard Upson.

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Hangar deck banner.

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Berthing.

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Locker.

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Butcher shop.

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Crew's galley.

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Main galley ovens.

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Steam heated cooking kettles.

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Crew's washroom.

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Torpedo room.

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Boiler control panel.

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#4 Boiler.

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#4 Boiler.

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Main Engine Number 4.

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Number 4 throttle board.

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Main shaft (one of four). The candy striped shaft has a diameter of 20 inches and is 250 feet long. The propeller is 15 feet in diameter. The shaft is candy striped so the throttlemen can see the direction of rotation and when the shaft has fully stopped.

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Main shaft information (see above).


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Circa 2002-2005. Note ex-USS Clamagore (SS-343), a diesel powered attack submarine, across the pier.

Image courtesy of Google Earth.


More photos by Robert Hall, taken in April 2007

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Rear Admiral Arthur K. Knoizen

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An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the "Blue Angels," flies past the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Museum during an air performance at Charleston Navy Week. Nearly 100,000 viewers attended the two-day air show held 17 and 18 April 2010. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer R. Hudson (# 100417-N-6999H-103).

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USS Yorktown Museum, Charleston, South Carolina, 25 July 2010.

Photos © Richard Leonhardt
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