E. Tenn. group rallying to get USS Clamagore from Patriots Point

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group from East Tennessee is trying to rally support to bring a historic submarine to the region.

Josh Richardson and the Friends of the Clamagore told the Knoxville News Sentinel ( that Knoxville would make an ideal location for the USS Clamagore.

The Navy sub was commissioned in 1945 and spent decades in service during the Cold War. It was decommissioned in 1975 and has been on display at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in South Carolina since 1981.

According to the newspaper, it is the only sub of its kind to be preserved in the U.S., but it needs repairs estimated at $3 million.

If the sub isn't sold, it will be sunk off the coast of Florida and turned into an artificial reef.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.