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    Sunday, May 25, 2008

    Museum Ships and Submarine Memorials

    One thing I have been planning to do for a while is compile a list of all the ship memorials you can visit in the United States. While a lot of this information is culled from the Wikipedia article on Museum Ships, that article lists ships all over the world, and I, with a few exceptions (those I have visited, some interesting submarines), wanted to limit this to the United States, where I, and most of you, will probably limit our travels. If you're looking for ships overseas, the Wikipedia entry was updated 5/12/2008, so it's up-to-date, and I recommend it.

    What it doesn't list, and will take me some time to improve on, is all the submarine memorials and museums that do not include ships. I expect that list will take quite some time to compile and I look to all of you for help adding a particular submarine (or naval) museum, no matter how small. If you have one I don't have, pass me the name, location, and a link to their "official" web site, if you have it. If not, something decent is good enough!

    Of these, I can say I have visited many of them; USS Arizona (will add Missouri in two weeks!), USS Wisconsin, USS North Carolina, the ships at Patriot's Point (but not since the Cold War Memorial was erected, but I did visit the SS Savannah when she was still there!), USS Massachusetts, USS Lionfish, USS Joseph P Kennedy, USS Fall River, USS Alabama, USS Drum, USS Nautilus, HMS Belfast, Mystic Seaport, USS Barry, USS Constellation, USS Constitution. But, I am saddened by some I have been close to and missed (in San Diego, Buffalo, Long Beach).

    USS Albacore, SS-569, Portsmouth NH
    R/V Aluminaut, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
    B-39 (Soviet Foxtrot), Maritime Museum of San Diego, San Diego, CA
    B-427 (Soviet Foxtrot), alongside the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
    USS Balao, SS-285, Balao Class, Conning Tower on display at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
    USS Batfish, SS-310, Balao Class, Muscogee, OK
    USS Becuna, SS-319, Balao Class, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    USS Blueback, SS-581, Barbel Class, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
    USS Bowfin, SS-287, Balao Class, Pearl Harbor, HI
    USS Cavalla, SS-244, Gato Class, Seawolf Park, Galveston, TX
    USS Clamagore, SS-343, Balao Class, Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC
    USS Cobia, SS-245, Gato Class, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, WI
    USS Cod, SS-224, Gato Class, Cleveland, OH
    USS Croaker, SS-246, Gato Class, Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY
    USS Drum, SS-228, Gato Class, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, AL
    Fenian Ram, Holland Designed Submarine, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ
    USS George Bancroft, SSBN-643, Franklin Class, sail at entrance to SUBASE King's Bay, St. Mary's, GA
    USS Growler, SSG-577, Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, New York, NY
    HA-19, Japanese Midget Sub, Ko-hyoteki Class, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredricksburg, TX
    USS Marlin, SST-2, T-1 Class, Freedom Park, Omaha, NE
    USS Lionfish, SS-298, Balao Class, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
    K-77, Soviet Juliett Class, Collier Point Park, Providence, RI (note closed as the sub sunk at the pier during a storm)
    HMS Holland I, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, UK
    USS Ling, SS-297, Balao Class, The New Jersey Naval Museum, Hackensack, NJ (note, apparently the museum is in danger of losing the Ling).
    USS Nathaniel Greene, SSBN-636, Sail only at entrance to Port Canaveral Naval Base
    USS Nautilus, SSN-571, US Navy Submarine Force Museum, Groton, CT
    USS Pampanito, SS-383, Balao Class, San Francisco Maritime National Park Ass., Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
    USS Razorback, SS-394, Balao Class, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Little Rock, AR
    USS Requin, SS-481, Tench Class, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA
    USS Silversides, SS-236, Gato Class, Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, Muskegon, MI
    USS Torsk, SS-423, Tench Class, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Baltimore, MD
    Trieste, Bathyscape, Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC
    Trieste II, DSV-1, Naval Undersea Museum, Silverdale, WA
    U-505, Type IX-C, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

    Submarine Museums and Memorials:
    Visit the USSVI Web Site to search for memorials by state
    St. Mary's Bay Submarine Museum, St. Mary's GA
    Cold War Memorial featuring replica of Franklin class SSBN, including sail and rudder from USS Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644), Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant SC
    USS Snook (SS-279) Memorial, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Little Rock,AR
    Naval Undersea Museum, Silverside, WA, includes sail from USS Sturgeon (SSN-637) and control room from USS Greenling, SSN-614
    Fast Attacks and Boomers, Submarine Display at the Smithsonian Institute (H/T Lou)

    USS North Carolina, BB-55, North Carolina Class, Wilmington NC
    USS Alabama, BB-60, South Dakota class, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile AL
    USS Massachusetts, BB-59, South Dakota Class, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
    USS Texas, BB-35, New York Class, La Porte, TX
    USS Missouri, BB-63, Iowa Class, Pearl Harbor, HI
    USS Arizona, BB-39, Pennsylvania Class, Pearl Harbor, HI
    USS Wisconsin, BB-64, Iowa Class, Nauticus, Norfolk, VA
    USS New Jersey, BB-62, Iowa Class, Camden, NJ
    USS Iowa, BB-61, Iowa Class, planned for display at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, thanks to the wussies in San Francisco not wanting her there

    USS Yorktown, CV-10, Essex Class, Patriot's Point, Mount Pleasant (Charleston) SC
    USS Midway, CV-41, Midway Class, San Diego CA
    USS Lexington, CV-16, Essex Class, Corpus Christi, TX
    USS Hornet, CV-12, Essex Class, Alameda, CA
    USS Intrepid, CV-11, Essex Class, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, NY (being refitted until 11/2008)
    USS Saratoga, CV-60, Forrestal Class, Air Land & Sea Heritage and Technology Park, North Kingstown, RI (acquisition still in progress)
    USS Ranger, CV-61, Forrestal Class, the USS Ranger Foundation is trying to bring the Ranger to Portland, OR.
    USS John F. Kennedy, CV-67, Kitty Hawk Class; an effort is underway to bring the JFK either to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale

    USS Barry, DD-933, Forrest Sherman Class, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
    USS Olympia, C-6, Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    SS American Victory, Liberty Ship, Tampa, FL
    SS Jeremiah O'Brien, Liberty Ship, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA
    SS Lane Victory, Liberty Ship, San Pedro, CA
    USS Cairo, Union Ironclad, Vicksburg, MS
    USS Cassin Young, DD-793, Fletcher Class, Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA
    USS Laffey, DD-724, Sumner Class, Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC
    USS Ingham, WHEC-25, Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC
    Cold War Memorial, Replica of Franklin Class SSBN, Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC
    USS Constellation, 1850's Corvette, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
    USS Constitution, 1797 Frigate, Boston, MA
    USS Little Rock, CL-92, Cleveland Class, Buffalo&Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NYUSS The Sullivans, DD-537, Fletcher Class, Buffalo&Erie County Naval & Military Park, Buffalo, NY
    USS Edson, DD-946, Sherman (Hull) Class, Wisconsin Naval Ship Association, Sheboygan, WI (Planned)
    USS Hazard, AM-240, Admirable Class, Freedom Park, Omaha, NE
    Hiddensee, Soviet Corvette, Taruntel I Class, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
    USS Joseph P. Kennedy, DD-850, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
    USS Fall River, CA-131, Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA (Bow only preserved)
    PT-796, Higgins Class PT Boat, PT-617, ELCO Class PT Boat, Battleship Cove, Fall River MA
    USS Kidd, DD-661, Fletcher Class, Louisiana Veterans Memorial, Baton Rouge, LA
    USS Potomac, AG-25, Presidential Yacht, Oakland, CA
    USS Salem, CA-139, Des Moines Class, U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum, Quincy, MA
    USCGS McLane, Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, Muskegon, MI
    USS Slater, DE-766, Cannon Class, Albany, NY
    USS Stewart, DE-238, Edsall Class, Seawolf Park, Galveston, TX
    USCGS Sundew, WLB-404, Iris Class, Great Lakes Floating Maritime Museum, Duluth, MN
    USCGC Taney, WHEC-37, Treasury Class, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Baltimore, MD

    Honorable Mention (visited by me):
    HMS Belfast, C-35, Imperial War Museum, London, UK
    Churchill's War Rooms, London, UK
    Charles W. Morgan, Whaler, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
    Emma C. Berry, Sloop, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
    Joseph Conrad, Sailing Ship, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
    Sabino, Coal Steamer, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
    L.A. Dunton, Schooner, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT


    Lou said...

    Great list! I just wanted to point out two things. The Cold War memorial includes the sail and rudder of USS Lewis and Clark (SSBN 644). There is also the Fast Attacks & Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War exhibit at the Smithsonian, which includes the control room of USS James K Polk (SSN 645, formally SSBN-645) , and the Maneuvering consoles from a 637 class boat.

    Jay said...


    Thanks. I didn't know the Smithsonian exhibit was permanent, but I'll add notes on both to the list!

    reddog said...

    I hate touring dead ships, it's depressing. Ships should not be tied to a pier, while they slowly deteriorate.

    I took a ride on the Lane Victory around Catalina. Old sailors take care of her, keep her running and take her out several times a year. That seems OK.

    sonarman said...

    My favorite, of course, is the Nautilus.

    I should be qualified on her I've been there so many times.

    Anonymous said...

    Don't forget the Sculpin memorial. The conning tower is on the Shipyard Mall at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in NH/ME

    Viejo said...

    Take a look at the sub memorials map on the USSVI site. Go to http://ussvi.org/home.asp
    then click on sub memorials, then click on any state. If you wanted to look for all memorials for say the USS Scorpion, go over to the left side of the page, click on custom search, the put in the hull number of the ship, like 589. There are 214 there right now and more go up all the time as they are found.

    Pat Gould said...

    Me too. And i am agree with you because i do have also a experience for this. I hope it will happen again because they really have a good service right?? I'll be back here for more updates. Thank you!

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