A group hoping to move a Cold War-era submarine from the Charleston Harbor to Tennessee is racing against the clock before the aging sub is either sunk to form a reef or is scrapped.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant revealed back in 2012 that it could no longer afford to maintain the submarine USS Clamagore. The museum had originally planned to scuttle the vehicle off the Florida coast, but has pushed back the date to give preservation groups enough time to find a new home and enough resources to maintain the 69-year-old vessel.
The organization “Friends of the Clamagore” is working on a last-ditch, longshot effort to bring the sub to Knoxville as part of a new museum. But they face a tall order: the ship needs approximately $5 million in repairs, a new location to dock it, a long-term operating plan, and a way to transport the 311-foot vessel from the Cooper River to the Tennessee River more than 400 land-miles away.
The group’s organizer Josh Richardson said they have cleared the first step: getting the support of local leaders. He presented a letter from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett expressing support for the project.