Nancy Roosevelt Marks USS Yorktown’s 75th Anniversary

April 16, 2018, 10:15 am EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WTAT-TV) — A celebration fit for a ship! The USS Yorktown turned 75 over the weekend.

A celebration was held at the iconic Lowcountry ship on Sunday.

Nancy Roosevelt Ireland was on hand for the event. The granddaughter of former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, helped christen the Navy vessel on its anniversary.

It took a few attempts to crack open a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull. Ireland says it also took her grandmother two tries before breaking the bottle the first time around.

Eleanor Roosevelt sponsored the USS Yorktown and led the christening of the ship on January 21st, 1943.

“For me, it was third-time lucky — but at least it broke,” she said with a smile. “I began to sort of wonder if this was like those birthday candles that don’t go out when you blow and blow and blow, but it did break, thank goodness.”

That famous Navy vessel served in World War II. It has also been featured in several movies.

Former crew members who also served aboard the ship held a meet and greet with visitors during the celebration.