A river patrol boat from the Vietnam War will be restored through a public-private partnership this month. The vessel is part of a Vietnam War exhibit at Patriots Point and will return once it has been repaired.

A Vietnam War boat will be repaired and preserved through a public-private partnership between Patriots Point and several local businesses.

The MK1 River Patrol Boat is one of two boats in the United States, according to Patriots Point’s senior curator, David Clark. It first came to the museum in 1989 and is on loan from the U.S. Navy.

On Tuesday, volunteers from Pierside Boatworks, Allstate Crane and Lemmond’s Marine Transport worked to hoist the boat from its position in a pond with the museum’s Vietnam exhibit to a truck to transport it to North Charleston to be repaired.

Dave Coker, general manager at Pierside Boatworks, spearheaded the volunteer effort after coming to the museum to appraise the work.

“Once I saw it and listened to staff explain the lengthy process to get public funding, I was hoping to get some of it donated to lessen the task of

“That sparked the idea of getting our yard and our suppliers involved in a community project. What better way to show our appreciation for our veterans than to fix up a part of their history.”

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