Navy shipyard exhibit returns to North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- After 30 years on display at the U.S.S. Yorktown, the Charleston Naval Shipyard exhibit is back in place in North Charleston.{}

The exhibit pays tribute to the men and women who worked at the base before it closed in 1996.{}

"Afteryears of Patriots Point maintaining and safekeeping the artifacts andhistorical documents from the former Charleston Naval Base, we are very pleasedto finally receive the Navy Shipyard exhibit," North Charleston Mayor KeithSummey said. "We are currently storing all items until a permanent location canbe found within North Charleston. We intend to create a home for the exhibitthat complements the Charleston Naval Base Memorial at Riverfront Park andappropriately tells the story of the Shipyard's 90+ years of history."

According to a release from Patriots Point, the exhibit was founded in 1981 by a 48-year veteran of the former Charleston Naval Shipyard. The items in the exhibit tell the story of the facility from the 1920s through the 1990s.{}

"PatriotsPoint Naval and Maritime Museum has been honored to be the temporary home forvery important artifacts from the Charleston Navy Yard.{} For generations, the Navy Yard helped definethe Charleston area and certainly made us nationally relevant," Patriots PointExecutive Director Mac Burdette said. {}"Asa museum, we feel it is very important that artifacts be exhibited wheneverpossible within the context of the history that made them important.{} From a community relations standpoint, I havealways felt there was some level of unfairness that local residents who wantedto visit the exhibit on the Yorktown had to pay the admissions fee to our museum.{} I am sure that the museum at the Old NavyShipyard will be more affordable for the former shipyard employees and theirfamilies who want to visit."

Patriot Points' curator, Melissa Buchanon said the transfer took six months because of the number of pieces in the collection and the delicate nature of some of them since they are close to 100 years old.{}

"Artifactmoves within a museum are a planned process and even more so once packed forshipping across town," Buchanan said.{} "Themoves are carefully planned as to prevent any damage with artifacts carefullywrapped, crated and moved in a precise order," she added