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Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Clamagore (SS-343)

 
 
Clamagore (SS-343) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. Clamagore (SS-343) Marker
Inscription. The diesel-powered submarine Clamagore was commissioned at New London, Conn., in June 1945. Her 30 years of service were spent operating out of Charleston, Key West, and New London. Displacement is over 1,800 tons, length 325 1/2 feet and she can reach a speed of 20 knots on the surface with 10 to 17 submerged. The Clamagore was decommissioned in 1975 and towed to Patriots Point in 1981.

While you may have noticed that the submarine's sides are somewhat unsightly due to excessive marine growth, it must be understood she is sitting in a shallow water berth and is actually fully waterborne only about one hour before and after high tide. Since she sits on the bottom the majority of the time, the tide rises and falls up and down her hull resulting in a phenomenon, much like on Yorktown, where marine growth and corrosion are more prevalent and more visible in those areas of her sides where she is alternately exposed to both air and salt water. It would be prohibitively expensive and potentially damaging to the thinner external skin encasing her trim tanks to frequently scrape and clean the barnacles and oysters from her sides. Anti-fouling paint applications are ineffective unless the surface is permanently submerged. Also, the ground on which she sits is not perfectly flat, resulting in her tendency to rest with
Clamagore (SS-343) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. Clamagore (SS-343) Marker
a starboard list except at those times when she is fully waterborne. With her delicate trim and ballast systems, she often has a list until corrective action is taken, even when fully waterborne.
 
Location. 32° 47.422′ N, 79° 54.479′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Touch for map. Located on the walkway to the ships, in Patriots Point Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Patriot Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The A-7E Corsair II (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8K Crusader (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); A-6E Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); E-1B Tracer (within shouting distance of this marker); SH-3G Sea King (within shouting distance of this marker); S-3B Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); F/A-18A Hornet (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
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Also see . . .
1. History of the USS Clamagore. From the USS Clamagore
USS Clamagore - SS-343 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. USS Clamagore - SS-343
SS-343 Veterans Association. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. USS Clamagore. Patriots Point page about the submarine. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Photo Archive of the USS Clamagore. Several photos of the submarine during its service. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Deck of the Clamagore image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
4. Deck of the Clamagore
Torpedo Room image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
5. Torpedo Room
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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