Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
In Memoriam • USS Thresher and USS Scorpion
To those who sacrificed their
lives while serving in and
supporting our submarine
forces during the Cold War.
USS Thresher (SSN 593)
Lost at sea with all hands
April 10, 1963
USS Scorpion (SSN 589)
Lost at sea with all hands
June 2, 1968
There is a port of no return, where ships
May ride at anchor for a little space
And then, some starless night, the cable slips,
Leaving an eddy at the mooring place.....
Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar.
No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Still On Patrol marker series.
Location. 32° 47.596′ N, 79° 54.267′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Point Pleasant Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Cold War Submarine Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II Submarine Lost Boat Memorial (here, next to this marker); USS Pollack (SSN 603) USS Haddo (SSN 604) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War Submarine Memorial USS Yorktown (CV~10) (about 500 feet away); Talos Missile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patriots Point Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum/The Medal of Honor Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Helicopter Attack Squadron (Light) Three Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
More about this marker. Poem on marker is the second stanza of “Lost Harbor,” by Leslie Nelson Jennings.
Also see . . .
1. Naval History & Heritage Command. History of USS Thresher (SSN-593) ...Fifteen minutes after reaching her assigned test depth, the submarine communicated with Skylark by underwater telephone, apprizing the submarine rescue ship of difficulties. Garbled transmissions indicated that--far below the surface--things were going wrong. Suddenly, listeners in Skylark heard a noise "like air rushing into an air tank"--then, silence.... (Submitted on May 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. USS Scorpion (SSN-589), Wikipedia entry. ... For an unusually long period of time, beginning shortly before midnight on 20 May and ending after midnight 21 May, Scorpion was attempting to send radio traffic to Naval Station Rota in Spain but was only able to reach a Navy communications station in Nea Makri, Greece, which forwarded Scorpion's messages to SUBLANT. Six days later, she was reported overdue at Norfolk. Navy personnel suspected possible failure and launched a search. (Submitted on May 28, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, Cold • Waterways & Vessels •
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