USS Salem

USS Salem Located in historic Quincy, MA, the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum is home to the USS Salem; the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser.
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Located in historic Quincy, Massachusetts, the USNSM is home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser.

National Archives at Boston
07/12/2020

National Archives at Boston

Fore River Shipyard
Fore River Shipyard was a shipyard owned by General Dynamics Corporation located on Weymouth Fore River in Braintree and Quincy, Massachusetts. It began operations in 1883 in Braintree, and moved to its final location on Quincy Point in 1901. In 1913, it was purchased by Bethlehem Steel, and later transferred to Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation. It was sold to General Dynamics in 1963, and closed in 1986. During its operation, yard workers constructed hundreds of ships, for both military and civilian clients. Most of the ships at the yard were built for the United States Navy, with its first government contract for the destroyer USS Lawrence. The yard also built early submarines for Electric Boat, including USS Octopus and USS Sunfish. Fore River also constructed the battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59), and the cruisers USS Springfield and USS Salem as well as the Navy's first carrier USS Lexington and its successor USS Lexington. This aerial photograph shows the Shipyard as it appeared in 1921. Record Group 18: Records of the Army Air Forces, ca. 1902 – 1964, "Airscapes" of American and Foreign Areas, 1917 – 1964, National Archives Identifier: 23941353

Volunteer and former Fore River Shipfitter Leo is busy cleaning our public access areas aboard.
07/11/2020

Volunteer and former Fore River Shipfitter Leo is busy cleaning our public access areas aboard.

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07/06/2020

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USS Salem Volunteers Jerry, Joe, KILROY, Bill, and Leo kick off another great day at the former Bethlehem Steel Fore Riv...
06/27/2020

USS Salem Volunteers Jerry, Joe, KILROY, Bill, and Leo kick off another great day at the former Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard (The birthplace of Kilroy Was Here) located in Quincy, MA.

06/06/2020

“We’re working how high up?..”

USS Salem Volunteers & Tin Can Sailors AssociationSpring Work Party 2020Sun setting on Day Five’s progress...
06/06/2020

USS Salem Volunteers & Tin Can Sailors Association
Spring Work Party 2020

Sun setting on Day Five’s progress...

“Commence ship’s work...”USS Salem Volunteers & Tin Can Sailors AssociationSpring Work Party 2020
06/04/2020

“Commence ship’s work...”

USS Salem Volunteers & Tin Can Sailors Association
Spring Work Party 2020

06/04/2020

“Sun’s Out, (Needle) Guns Out!”

USS Salem volunteers and members of the Tin Can Sailors Association make progress on deck department detail. Needling, chipping, & painting up the starboard bridge exterior to the 04 Level.

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.  Gone but never forgotten.
05/25/2020

Today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. Gone but never forgotten.

Hello again friends! Once again we hope everyone is safe and well during these times. They say one can lose track of tim...
05/15/2020

Hello again friends! Once again we hope everyone is safe and well during these times. They say one can lose track of time during this situation, and we would be remiss if we didn’t post something before today (May 14th) ends. We have remembered today is the 71st anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Salem (CA-139).

Here we find a data card from an original commissioning day program booklet that was given to guests who had attended. More photos to come later from the Seawitch’s special day.

“USS Salem’s (CA-139) Main Gun Director [Forward] keeps watch over a silent ship.”Meanwhile in the night sky the Moon ap...
04/29/2020

“USS Salem’s (CA-139) Main Gun Director [Forward] keeps watch over a silent ship.”
Meanwhile in the night sky the Moon appears with Pollux and Castor in the constellation Gemini. Pollux and Castor were thought to protect warriors in battle and sailors at sea, especially those in life-threatening situations, and they would often appear in person at such times. At sea they were thought to appear in the form of St. Elmo’s fire.

04/23/2020

Hello Friends!

As you can see in our previous photo the USS Salem and her sister USS Des Moines know the benefits of distancing at sea in order to prevent catastrophic results.

We hope that this message finds our friends and family in good health and in good spirits as we all manage day to day through quarantine.

At this time the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum and the USS Salem will remain closed through May 4th, 2020. We will reevaluate our opening date based on state and local government recommendations. Please check back here for further updates. Thank you for your continued support and interest, we hope to see everyone soon.

“Stay Safe Out There!”

“Maintain Social Distancing the Navy Way!”[USS Salem (CA-139) and her sister USS Des Moines (CA-134) perform a highline ...
04/23/2020

“Maintain Social Distancing the Navy Way!”
[USS Salem (CA-139) and her sister USS Des Moines (CA-134) perform a highline transfer while underway in 1958.]

03/12/2020

Hi Friends,

Due to the recommendations from the current COVID-19 pandemic; we have chosen to remain closed during March. We are hopeful to reopen as planned in April and will issue updates as we move forward.

Thank you for your understanding.

03/06/2020

Hi Friends and Followers,

The ship will reopen March 14th.

We will be open Saturday's 10-3 (last admission at 2pm) till April.

In April we will resume our regular spring hours of Saturday & Sunday. Hours will be 10-4 (last admission at 3pm).

Our 2020 prices are $12 for adults and $10 for children, seniors, and veterans.

We hope to see you all soon!

01/30/2020

Hi Friends and Followers,

Our Website is currently down for maintenance.

We can be contacted via messenger, by email at [email protected], or by phone at 617-479-7900

We plan to reopen mid March (weather depending) and hope to see you in the Spring!!

11/11/2019

And that's a wrap on our 2019 season! We will reopen in the spring of 2020. Thank you to all of our friends for your support!

11/09/2019

Hello friends! We will be closing for the winter starting this Monday (11/11/19) so be sure to visit this weekend! We are open Saturday and Sunday from 10-4.

08/30/2019

Happy Labor Day weekend friends! Starting this weekend, we go back to our winter hours of Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 pm.

City of Quincy
08/08/2019

City of Quincy

Mayor Thomas P. Koch toured the U.S.S. Salem today with Retired U.S. Navy's Eugene Lacey of Quincy. Lacey was stationed on the U.S.S. Salem from 1953-1955 and volunteers his time today to the education of the vessel's legacy and the history of shipbuilding in Quincy.

07/03/2019

Good morning friends! We are open today and Friday through Sunday so be sure to stop in if you're looking for some fun!

06/16/2019

Check out our new summer hours! We are now open from 10-5 Friday through Sunday!

04/20/2019

The ship is open today from 10-4 but will be closed tomorrow, Easter Sunday, so that our volunteers may celebrate with their families. Have a great weekend friends!

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03/26/2019
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On 25 March 1947 Des Moines-class heavy cruiser USS Salem (CA-139) was launched at Bethlehem Steel Co. Fore River Shipyard, sponsored by Miss Mary G. Coffey, sister of the Honorable Edward A. Coffee, Mayor of her namesake, Salem, MA.
Museum ship in Quincy, MA

03/17/2019

Hey friends! Due to the snow and ice buildup on our deck from the weather, we will remain closed this weekend (3/16-3/17) for safety reasons.

03/07/2019

Hey friends! Due to the crazy snow and ice buildup on our deck from the weather, we will remain closed this weekend for safety reasons.

03/02/2019

It's official! Starting today, we are now open Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4. Come visit!

Did you book your spot yet? Be sure to make your reservation before time runs out!
02/28/2019

Did you book your spot yet? Be sure to make your reservation before time runs out!

Today is the 60th anniversary of the decommissioning of the Salem! To celebrate, we're offering a few deals on our overnight adventure program for scout, youth and family groups for a limited time only!

Deal 1 - for groups that are currently booked - If your scout/youth group refers another group (minimum 25 people) and they book and stay overnight, your group will receive a $100 credit.

Deal 2 - for groups who have not booked yet - Book a stay on March 9th or March 30th and pay a discounted rate of only $45 per person! Deal not valid for groups who have already booked. Max of 200 people per weekend.

For more information on either deal, please email us at [email protected].

Today is the 60th anniversary of the decommissioning of the Salem! To celebrate, we're offering a few deals on our overn...
01/30/2019

Today is the 60th anniversary of the decommissioning of the Salem! To celebrate, we're offering a few deals on our overnight adventure program for scout, youth and family groups for a limited time only!

Deal 1 - for groups that are currently booked - If your scout/youth group refers another group (minimum 25 people) and they book and stay overnight, your group will receive a $100 credit.

Deal 2 - for groups who have not booked yet - Book a stay on March 9th or March 30th and pay a discounted rate of only $45 per person! Deal not valid for groups who have already booked. Max of 200 people per weekend.

For more information on either deal, please email us at [email protected].

Thanks for the photo Curt!
01/27/2019

Thanks for the photo Curt!

Came across this today. This was taken in May 1987 in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, while I was attending HT 'A' School there. USS Salem alongside USS Des Moines in mothball fleet. Thought it might be of interest to you all.

Attention, scouts and youth groups! It's that time of year again! We are currently accepting overnight bookings for spri...
01/03/2019

Attention, scouts and youth groups! It's that time of year again! We are currently accepting overnight bookings for spring 2019. For more information, please email us at [email protected] or check out our website at www.uss-salem.org

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Today marks the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a day that forever changed the United States. We give thanks for all w...
12/07/2018

Today marks the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a day that forever changed the United States. We give thanks for all who have served and those who are currently serving - be safe and God bless you. #allgavesome #somegaveall #pearlharbor

11/24/2018

Hey friends! This is the last weekend we are open before we close for the winter. Be sure to visit!

We will be closed for the winter starting December 1st and will reopen in March 2019.

To all those who serve and have served - we thank you.#landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #usssalem #usssalemca139 #usnsm #h...
11/11/2018

To all those who serve and have served - we thank you.

#landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #usssalem #usssalemca139 #usnsm #heavycruiser #usnavy #historic #history #sailor #overnightprogram #overnightadventure #bsa #boyscouts #gsa #girlscouts #quincy #massachusetts #veteransday

11/02/2018

Hey friends! We will be reopening next weekend, November 10th-11th. We will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4. Make sure to visit us before we shut down for the winter on December 1st!

Address

549 South Street, Pier 3
Quincy, MA
02169-7330

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+16174797900

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Is the Salem free floating or in the mud like some of the Battleships, and when was the last she was dry docked?
Drone photography
Enjoyed my visit in 2007.
My basement was flooded and I sadly had to throw away my grandfathers copies of the 1953 and 1954 cruise books. He was aboard ship from 51 to 55. The 1953 one I actually bought for him right before he died of cancer and was the last Christmas present I bought him. Needless to say I’m heartbroken. Does anyone have one they could scan for me? He was a commissary storekeeper, Martin S, Bialecki, and was also on the boxing team.
I just want to say thank you to all who continue her legacy. My grandfather earned his Order of Magellan onboard the Salem. I’ve yet to visit her but, it’s on my bucket list.
I'm sure you've seen this....but just in case. USS Salem video.
Paul E Lavigne served on the USS Salem CA -139 from 1950 - 1954, he now resides in Denmark Me.
Will there be a haunted Halloween ship this year?
Going through my Dad’s things. Found boxes of slides that I’m sending out to be made into digital pictures. Looks like images from his USS Salem days!
A wonderful day on the USS Salem. Thank you to all my fellow.Veterans who volunteer their time.and efforts to.bring this lady back to her former glory.
I am extremely curious. In theory is the Salem in good condition enough for her to set sail again? :)
Are you open today or Friday?