"The ship is 50 feet wide and 53 feet to the top of the radar," he said. "So we have to watch that pretty close. It's a 1,200-foot lock so that won't be a problem."
The 70-year-old ship has an interesting history.
Built in Philadelphia in 1942 at a cost of $1.4 million, it made 40 trips from England to Normandy in support of troops. It was at D-Day on June 6, 1944, and in December of that year helped rescue 700 men from a torpedoed ship off the coast of France.
Jornlin was part of a crew assigned to restore the ship in Norfolk in 1962. Later, he captained the ship from Greece, where it had served that army until 1999, back to Mobile, Ala.
"I took over the family seed business from my father," Jornlin said. "I thought I'd go back to my good life in Illinois after that. But everyone else left, and I've been taking care of this ship ever since."
Jornlin will share his passion with those who visit the LST-325 in Charleston. And Harris will be on hand, as well.
"I plan to be there every day and stand and talk," Harris said. "You hear some great stories."
Tours will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $20 for families, $5 for children ages 6 to 17 and $3 for students.
Brickmania Toys will also display on the ship a Peleliu Invasion diorama built with more than 500,000 Lego blocks. The display includes a 10-foot long model of the LST.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.