Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Greyhounds of the Fleet

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Location: at the eastern terminus Everglades Avenue, near the Cooper riverfront, Charleston Naval Complex, North Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 52.073    W 079° 57.916
  32.86788333    -79.96526666
Style: Mounted **


This Destroyer represents the long line of surface warships - Destroyers and Cruisers - which operated from the Charleston Navy Base from prior to WW I and continuing to 1995. More than fifty Destroyers, Destroyer Escorts, Sub Chasers, Cutters and Patrol Gunboats as well as two Destroyer Tenders were built in the Charleston Navy Yard. These Destroyers or "Greyhounds Of The Fleet" and their crews of "Tincan Sailors", along with their sister surface ships, sailed from Charleston into all the seas of the world. Some who left here to go in harm's way never returned.