A ship that survived World War II is now trying to survive just staying above water as officials moved the vessel to dry land Wednesday.
Known as the “ship that would never die,” World War II Destroyer Laffey has seen better days. Deputy State Treasurer Scott Malyerck said so himself when he visited the ship at Patriots Point in Charleston back in June.
“The Laffey is so bad that engineers says it could sink at any time. We saw a video while we were down there, they showed the treasurer, this scaping hole that was covered, and thousands of gallons were going in per minute until it was plugged,” says Malyerck.
Wednesday, the Laffey was moved for the first time in 18 years up the Charleston harbor, through the Cooper River, into North Charleston dry land for its renovations. In the approximately 75-minute move, the ship is now safe and ready for repairs to its hull.
When State Treasurer Converse Chellis visited the ship, he said the Laffey, a survivor of kamikaze attacks, was the worst of the four vessels at Patriots Point. It was then, the state of South Carolina approved a $9 million loan to help with the repairs. Renovations on the Destroyer are expected to be completed by November.