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Audit: Patriots Point museum doesn't have money to repair ships

 USS YORKTOWN sits proudly on the harbor in Charleston, S.C.

USS YORKTOWN sits proudly on the harbor in Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. – An audit of the Patriots Point Development Authority finds that, without state or federal funds, the maritime museum on Charleston Harbor won't be able to maintain its fleet. The Patriots Point museum, however, insists it can.

The Legislative Audit Council audit released Dec. 13 was requested three years ago by then-Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell. It also suggests Patriots Point designate a commercial development director and improve its marketing and fundraising.

In a response, Authority Executive Director Mac Burdette said he is pleased the report found no allegations of wasteful spending and said the authority is in the second year of a five-year business plan.

He disagrees the museum won't be able to maintain its ships, including the USS Yorktown. He says the money will be found through fundraising, leasing authority land and an increase in ticket sales and prices.

To learn more about the museum or donate towards its efforts, visit

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