USS Yorktown to be Repaired in Place at Patriots Point

11:08 AM, Sep 22, 2011   |    comments
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- The board of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum has agreed that the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown will be repaired at the museum instead of sending it to a shipyard for repairs.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the board expects to build a cofferdam around the vessel so repairs can be made.

The agency is still working on how to pay for the repairs that could cost as much as $100 million. The cofferdam alone could cost $21 million.

Board members said Wednesday they couldn't imagine people driving across the Ravenel Bridge between Charleston and Mount Pleasant and not seeing the carrier that has been there since 1975. They say moving the carrier for repairs would be an economic blow to Patriots Point.

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