Saving USS Laffey-Update
The Scoop Deck gives us the good scoop that the South Carolina government is coming to the rescue of the veteran museum sub in Charleston Harbor:
The state government has agreed to extend a $9.3 million loan to help repair a World War II destroyer in very bad shape…The destroyer Laffey, known in the third paragraph of every news story as “The Ship That Would Not Die,” after it survived murderous waves of attacks at the Battle of Okinawa, has corroded so badly it’s in danger of sinking. But officials at Patriots Point, the Mt. Pleasant, S.C. museum fleet that also includes the carrier Yorktown, couldn’t afford to dry dock the Laffey or the renovations it needs. So, after the museum appealed to state and federal governments for help, South Carolina has secured enough money to start work on the ship.
But these things are never simple: Patriots Point must repay South Carolina taxpayers within a year.
I was told on my last visit to Charleston that “the money was there” for Laffey, but I didn’t know the details until now!