USS Clamagore to be Scrapped & Dismantled by Patriot’s Point
Patriots Point & their Executive Director, Dr. Rorie Cartier’s explanation on the move:
“Unfortunately, we cannot financially sustain the maintenance of three historic vessels. The USS Yorktown and USS Laffey also need repair, and we are fighting a never-ending battle against the corrosion that comes from being submerged in saltwater.”
“There are increased environmental risks the longer the submarine remains at Patriots Point…Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are present throughout much of the vessel and exceed levels allowed by the EPA. There are also more than 500 lead batteries, weighing nearly one-and-a-half tons each, that need to be removed…the vast majority of the steel will be used to make new products, lowering the demand for mined iron ore and reducing energy costs in the steelmaking process.”
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The sub has been docked at Patriot’s Point since 1981, 6 years after its decommissioned in 1975. The cost to restore the submarine was approaching $10million, funds the museum would rather dedicate to the USS Yorktown. The jewel of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. The USS Clamagore will have been the only submarine of its design that was still preserved in the US. Commissioned in 1945 as a Balao-class submarine, then eventually converted into a Guppy II then III configuration. She will be missed. Patriot’s Point will have a goodbye ceremony for the public.