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Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Submitted by: John Q. Wilson

Patriot’s Point

Mt. Pleasant, SC

Charleston, South Carolina has long been a popular tourist destination. Why not? It offers an historical district of some of the finest preserved early American homes, fabulous shopping and restaurants, antebellum plantations, the South Carolina Aquarium, great beaches and a temperate climate. Located just a few minutes from the major downtown attractions, just across the Cooper River via the striking Ravenel Bridge is Patriots Point.

If youre a navel veteran or military buff, you will want to spend a day, maybe two, at Patriots Point. How often do you get the chance to wander around an aircraft carrier like the USS Yorktown (CV-10)? Plus, they also have the Coast Guard cutter, USCGC Inghan (WHEC-35) open for tours. Also on site is a World War II Korean War ear Destroyer, the USS Laffey (DD-724). The Laffey won a Presidential Unit Citation for action off Okinawa, April 16, 1945. Also available for touring is the USS Clamagore (SS-343). The Clamagore is diesel submarine constructed near the end of World War II but arrived too late to see action. Until it was replaced with a fleet of nuclear submarines and decommissioned in 1975 and, it was a front line submarine during the Cold War.

USS Yorktown

If youre coming to Charleston for a visit then the USS Yorktown is a must see. Looming on the horizon just across the harbor from the Charleston historical district, it is hard to miss. From downtown Charleston it is a quick trip up East Bay Street to the Ravenel Bridge the view from the top is amazing. Stay in the right lane there are a bunch of them on this new bridge and the first main street to the right leads to Patriots Point.

The Yorktown alone is a full day if you try to see it all in one bite. Be sure to wear your walking shoes. There is a lot to see but there are narrow steps and tight quarters. If you have trouble walking, climbing narrow stairs or youre claustrophobic, this may not be the attraction for you. They have done an excellent job with signage and there are tons of historic pictures of the The Fighting Lady and her predecessor the CV-5 which was sunk in the Battle of Midway but not before it helped destroy the bulk of the Japanese fleet in the Pacific including 4 of their 6 aircraft carriers. The Battle of Midway likely shortened the war in the Pacific by at least one year, maybe two.

The USS Yorktown that resides at Patriots Point is the CV-10. It was under construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. at the time of the sinking of the CV-5 it was originally was going to be named the Bon Homme Richard. With the loss of the CV-5, it was decided to rename the ship the USS Yorktown. It played a major role in World War II, the Korean War and the War in Vietnam. The USS Yorktown is the oldest aircraft carrier still afloat.

Inside the Yorktown is the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum which is currently being remodeled. If it is open when you visit, do not miss this exhibit. It is both moving and inspiring. Also on the hanger deck is a mock up of the Apollo 8 spacecraft that was pulled from the ocean by the aircraft carrier. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to orbit around the Moon. On January 3, 1969 they were on the cover of Time magazine as Men of the Year. Also on the hanger deck is a flight simulator that allows you to land a space shuttle.

Throughout the ship you can get glimpses of what daily life on an aircraft carrier was like. From bunks to mess halls, from the engine room to navigation, from the laundry to the infirmary, it is all open for touring. The beauty of the self guided tour is that you can set your own pace. One suggestion, dont move too quickly and fight the urge to skip sections. Tucked in unusual corners are some really interesting displays. For example, deep in the bowels of the great ship is an interesting display of the Charleston shipyard and dry dock. The real crowd pleaser of the USS Yorktown is the flight deck.

On the flight deck is a collection of 25 different airplanes and helicopters including: an A-4 Skyhawk, an A-6 Intruder, an A-7 Corsair, an F-4 Phantom, an F-9 Cougar, and an F-14 Tomcat the recently retired fighter made famous by Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Bring your camera for this stop. Not only are the aircraft interesting, the views of Charleston just across the bay and the Ravenel Bridge are spectacular.

Note: it can be quite windy on the flight deck and it may feel 10 degrees colder than the Mt. Pleasant shoreline. Dress accordingly.

If that not enough history for you, from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant you can also take a boat tour of Ft. Sumter the place the American Civil War began. There is also a recreation of a Vietnam era base station to tour.

Patriots Point also features an 18 hole professional golf course and some nice accommodations. Plus it is only a few minutes from Shem Creek and some of the best seafood restaurants not only in Mt. Pleasant but in the entire country.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

40 Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant SC 29464-4377

1-866-831-1720 (toll free)

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Prefabricated School Bus Stop Shelters

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Camille Howe

One area where it is never acceptable to compromise on quality or safety is when children are involved. It is important that whenever you are providing any facility for the use of children, that their very specific needs are taken into account throughout the process of designing and creating the specifications for whatever product is required. While a school bus stop shelter has the same basis as a regular version, there are a number of differences that are required in order to make it fit for the purpose it is required for, and while some of these are common sense, it is still important to include them in your planning so that you can be certain that all of the necessary design changes are made in order to produce the school bus stop shelter that best suits the needs of everyone who is going to be using it.

The main thing that needs to be incorporated into the design of a school bus stop shelter is the size necessary to provide proper shelter to a large number of people at one time. Although the shelter is only used once a day, it is needs to be able to handle the entire school population. With this in mind, the area under the roof needs to be larger than in a regular shelter, and offer users the ability to stand in a line while they wait for the bus to arrive.

Parents will want their children to be safe from the weather, so it is important to consider the exact number of people who are likely to be using the school bus stop shelter. Then the actual space required can be calculated so the correct shelter can be ordered.

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In general, the amount of time that children spend waiting for their bus at the end of the day is much shorter than they would on the street, and with this in mind, school bus stop shelters rarely need the addition of items such as seats, meaning that the cost can be reduced. In addition to this, in most areas of the country, the school day starts and finishes in complete day light, and no lighting is required.

The most important factor that needs to be considered when creating a school bus stop shelter is to design a system into it that creates order and allows for a much more efficient queuing system. When hundreds of children are all using the bus system at the same time, the shelter needs to be built in such a way as to enforce a sensible queuing speed whilst also maintaining order within the system.

Thanks to the huge variety of different colors that are available in terms of the frames and other components of the school bus shelters due to the way that they are built using modular techniques, it is even possible to match your shelter to the exact colors of the individual school in order to continue to promote the school identity throughout all of the shelters and provide a single image to the students and parents alike.

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