Friday, May 21, 2010

Battleship Cove . . .

Wednesday was a bleak, rainy day . . . a good day to hang in and watch movies? No! After having been trapped in the house for a few days due to a stomach bug, I decided to venture out for a walk and get some fresh air!

Where did I go? Fall River, Massachusetts - home of Battleship Cove.

Battleship Cove is a floating museum that houses the U.S.S. Massachusetts, the U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. and the submarine U.S.S. Lionfish.

The U.S.S. Massachusetts (nicknamed "Big Mamie" by her crewmembers) was built in the Fore River Shipyard in my hometown of Quincy, Massachusetts, and was launched in September, 1941.  She fought in the Solomon Islands and the Philippines during World War II; it is also believed that she may have fired the the Navy's first and last 16 inch shells of the war.

Because of her service during WWII, citizens of her home state of Massachusetts raised money for her transfer to the Massachusetts Memorial Committee, and in 1965 she was towed to her current location at Battleship Cove where she was opened as a museum. She is one of eight surviving battleships built by the United States Navy.

The destroyer at Battleship Cove, the U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., was named after Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy, who was was killed in action in WWII; it served in the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

The U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

The USS Lionfish, the only submarine at Battleship Cove, patrolled the waters of the Pacific during WWII, and was the only ship in the Navy named for the lionfish (a fish found in the West Indies and the Pacific).

The U.S.S. Lionfish

Battleship Cove hosts hundreds of field trips, scout overnights, veterans' groups and tourists every year.  Since 1965, it has added more educational exhibits to introduce the younger generations to the history and sacrifices made during World War II.

My sons on a scout overnight trip to the U.S.S. Massachusetts

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