Patriots Point mulling submarine's future

Clamagore (Provided)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- A World War II-era submarine may be going underwater for one last time.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the Clamagore needs millions of dollars in repairs that the Patriots Point harbor-front museum can't afford right now.

Patriots Point executive director Mac Burdette says the submarine could become an artificial reef off Florida if no one else wants it.

The state loaned Patriots Point $9.2 million in 2009 to repair the destroyer Laffey, which sprouted so many leaks it was close to sinking in the harbor before it was hauled up the Cooper River for refurbishment that same year.

The Laffey returned to Patriots Point in January and took over the Clamagore's berth. The submarine was moved and has been off-limits to visitors since then.