EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWW II Ship Docking In Charleston For Public Tours
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 19, 2013 2:28 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2013 11:02 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A World War II ship that was at D-Day on June 6, 1944, arrived in Charleston on Thursday.
The LST 325, a 328-foot-long landing ship tank, docked at Haddad Riverfront Park and will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, through Tuesday, Sept. 3, according to a news release from the U.S.S. LST Memorial, a nonprofit group.
On board the ship, there is a World War II display made out of 500,000 Lego bricks.
The ship was one of the first to be built, and is the only operational LST in the United States built in Philadelphia by the U.S. Navy Shipyard and launched into action in October 1942. It made more than 40 trips from England to Normandy in support of U.S. troops.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for ages 6-17; and free for ages 5 and under. Family tickets (two adults and two children) can be obtained for $20. School groups can tour the ship for $3 per student, with one chaperone admitted for free per 10 students.
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