The centerpiece attraction of Patriots Point won’t go anywhere for repairs.
The naval and maritime museum’s board of directors voted unanimously Wednesday to repair the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown where it sits instead of shipping it elsewhere for repairs.
“The only logical solution is to restore it in place with a cofferdam,” Patriots Point executive director Mac Burdette said.
Board members said they couldn’t imagine driving across the bridge and not seeing the Yorktown sitting there. They said moving it for repairs would be an economic blow to one of the Charleston area’s major tourist attractions, which is grappling for ways to fund what could be very costly fixes for the aging vessel.
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A structural analysis of the ship is due next year and repair costs have been estimated as high as $100 million, though no one knows for sure how much it will cost.