If you are in the Charleston area, be sure and visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. You will find the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, USS Laffey Destroyer battle ship, and USS Clamagore submarine. As part of your very reasonably priced ticket, you can also tour a Vietnam Experience along the shoreline. It took most of the day to go through the exhibits, and we still did not see it all. Our dock was right next to the aircraft carrier, so we could see Sanctuary from the deck of the ship. A big THANK YOU to all our military personnel—those who’ve gone before us and those who serve us now! We owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
There is a lot to see and visit in the downtown Charleston area. The area is rich with restored old houses and buildings for very interesting architecture tours. We met with some other loopers (Captain’s Choice and Panacea) and took an educational, fun carriage ride through the city. Our driver’s name was Joshua and his horse was named Samson, the largest horse in the fleet. After our carriage tour, we gathered at very popular Henry’s Seafood & Jazz on the Market for a tasty lunch and time to chit-chat. We saw some scary loopers on the stairway, but did not see the ghost that is reported to hang out there. Later, we were invited to St. John’s Marina for docktails with Kim Russo, Director of AGLCA (America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association). It was good to greet loopers we met from the past and some we’ve recently connected.
The Charleston College Sailing School is next to Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, the marina we stayed at. Every day we saw small racers head out for training and then sail back in right past Sanctuary. A convenient marina to both the naval museum, the sailing school, and gift shop.
From our deck we watched cruise ships, container ships, local sailing yachts, and much more as they traveled through Charleston Harbor. Dolphins also loved to frolic inside and outside of the long exterior dock where we were tied.
Submarine USS Clamagore
Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown
Destroyer USS Laffey
Patriots Point Vietnam Experience
Carriage Ride Through City
Sanctuary in Charleston