Nathan and I visited the Battleship Cove Maritime Museum in Fall River, Massachusetts. It features aircraft, boats, ships and a submarine that have all been used in various wars throughout history. Our tour started with us viewing some aircraft that were all over the space. Each had some short paragraphs about the craft and what war it fought in.
We then saw some boats and replicas inside a building. They also had a video presentation about the vessels and what war they were used in.
The Highlight of our day was when we viewed the USS Massachusetts. According to http://www.battleship.org , “Battleship Massachusetts went into action on November 8, 1942 as part of Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa. While cruising off the city of Casablanca, Morocco, the Battleship engaged in a gun duel with the unfinished French battleship Jean Bart, moored at a Casablanca pier. In this battle, Massachusetts fired the first American 16″ projectile in anger of World War II. Five hits from Big Mamie silenced the enemy battleship, and other 16″ shells from Battleship Massachusetts helped sink two destroyers, two merchant ships, a floating dry-dock, and heavily damaged buildings and docks in Casablanca.”
The website states that, “The ship returned to Boston for refitting and resupply and in February 1943 went through the Panama Canal to join the action in the Pacific, where she would remain for the remainder of her 3 1/2 years of active service. Assigned to the Southwest Pacific, the Battleship saw action in the New Guinea-Solomons area and participated in the invasion of the Gilbert Islands in November 1943, the invasion of the Marshall Islands in January 1944, the powerful carrier strikes against Truk in February 1944, and a series of raids against Japanese bases in the Western Pacific and Asia.”
According to http://www.battleship.org, “Following a bombardment of Ponape Island in May 1944, Battleship Massachusetts returned to Bremerton, Washington for modernization and a well-deserved rest for her crew. In September 1944 the ship returned to action in the invasion of Palau Islands and acted as an escort for the fast carrier task forces using her 5″, 40mm, and 20mm guns to defend the carriers against enemy aircraft.”
Big Mamie’s 16″ guns pounded Iwo Jima and Okinawa before those islands were invaded in 1945, and by July of that year she was off Japan with the Third Fleet. The Battleship bombarded the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Kamaishi, and then sailed south to bombard a factory at Hamamatsu. Returning to Kamaishi, Battleship Massachusetts fired the last 16″ projectile of the war. The ship was deactivated in 1946 and brought to the museum in 1965
This ship was enormous and at times I was scared while walking through the different parts. It was fascinating to see that it had things like a jail, and a barbershop. Other rooms included hospital, sick bay, commissary, ect.
We then went on the USS Lionfish, a submarine that was also used in various fights. I have to admit that I never expected it to be so huge inside it.
If you are a fan of history, then you should definitely take a trip to the Battleship Cove Maritime Museum. Check out their website for more details http://www.battleshipcove.org. xoxo