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.

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Day maker! We love getting mail especially thank you notes from children. We are currently operating the museum solely w...
07/13/2021

Day maker! We love getting mail especially thank you notes from children. We are currently operating the museum solely with volunteers and tours are self guided. However, our volunteers love to share their knowledge of the ship and THIS letter energizes all who give their time and talent to preserving Salem. Gibson, we hope your cub scout troop can sleep over soon too. We are working to return our popular Overnight Adventure program in 2022.

Day maker! We love getting mail especially thank you notes from children. We are currently operating the museum solely with volunteers and tours are self guided. However, our volunteers love to share their knowledge of the ship and THIS letter energizes all who give their time and talent to preserving Salem. Gibson, we hope your cub scout troop can sleep over soon too. We are working to return our popular Overnight Adventure program in 2022.

Quincy Built USS Salem and United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum open for tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during ...
07/13/2021
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Spirit Chasers Paranormal NH  and the Connecticut Paranormal Research Team  are hosting Para-Expo 2022; a two day parano...
07/12/2021

Spirit Chasers Paranormal NH and the Connecticut Paranormal Research Team are hosting Para-Expo 2022; a two day paranormal exposition with speakers, vendors, psychics, and a ghost hunt aboard the ship Friday night onboard the USS Salem ; one of the most haunted places in New England. Book now, space is limited. General admission $20, Paranormal investigation $50, Vendor $75. Book now: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/uss-salem/items/318302/calendar/2022/05/?flow=413050%22%20class&full-items=yes

Spirit Chasers Paranormal NH and the Connecticut Paranormal Research Team are hosting Para-Expo 2022; a two day paranormal exposition with speakers, vendors, psychics, and a ghost hunt aboard the ship Friday night onboard the USS Salem ; one of the most haunted places in New England. Book now, space is limited. General admission $20, Paranormal investigation $50, Vendor $75. Book now: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/uss-salem/items/318302/calendar/2022/05/?flow=413050%22%20class&full-items=yes

Did you know four ships built in the City of Quincy continue to serve as museums of our nation's history and three you c...
07/12/2021

Did you know four ships built in the City of Quincy continue to serve as museums of our nation's history and three you can Visit Massachusetts? USS Salem and Battleship Cove are offering the Kilroy Pass with discounted admission valid at both museums which include the world's only preserved heavy cruiser USS Salem, Battleship USS Massachusetts BB59 and Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD 850. Purchase tickets online or at museums ($21.25-$31.25) at
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/uss-salem/items/310078/?full-items=yes&flow=413050 Discover Quincy, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, BostonUSA, Fall River, Southeastern Massachusetts Visitor's Bureau, One SouthCoast

Did you know four ships built in the City of Quincy continue to serve as museums of our nation's history and three you can Visit Massachusetts? USS Salem and Battleship Cove are offering the Kilroy Pass with discounted admission valid at both museums which include the world's only preserved heavy cruiser USS Salem, Battleship USS Massachusetts BB59 and Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD 850. Purchase tickets online or at museums ($21.25-$31.25) at
https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/uss-salem/items/310078/?full-items=yes&flow=413050 Discover Quincy, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, BostonUSA, Fall River, Southeastern Massachusetts Visitor's Bureau, One SouthCoast

07/10/2021

The Arsenal of Democracy. Bethlehem Steel of Bethlehem, PA was the largest of our nation's Big Three Commercial ship producers with the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA the largest yard putting out some of the most powerful vessels to serve the US Navy through WW2.

At Quincy alone, Sixteen ways were constructed on over 96 acres and 227 ships were produced with 23,500 workers.

This yard would send USS Massachusetts BB-59 into combat to become a legend, the second USS Lexington would be nicknamed the "Blue Ghost" due to the number of times the Japanese claimed to sink her only for LEX to appear again, the JPK DD-850 would stop hearts around the world with the only stop of a Soviet chartered vessel during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the USS Salem CA-139 would be one of the most powerful all-gun heavy cruisers in the world. These four ships are all that are left of the naval vessels built in Quincy, MA.

Thanks to Winnie the Welder, all the Rosie's, Kilroy, and many of your family members across the nation, the United States built ships faster than the enemy could sink them.

While we are a memorial to those who were lost in service to our country, we are also a memorial to all those who helped sacrifice and build the material to defend our shores.

These are YOUR ships and we are proud to have them represent us all.

Timeline Photos
07/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Honored to host the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Squadron 7 Zulu graduation of 5 Sea Cadets.CPO Kathleen Hanson (8yrs of s...
06/30/2021

Honored to host the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Squadron 7 Zulu graduation of 5 Sea Cadets.
CPO Kathleen Hanson (8yrs of service)
CPO Steven Roche (4yrs of service)
SN Randy Garcia-Ono (8yrs of service)
PO1 Isaac Desmarais (2yrs of service), not present serving in the Marines
PO3 Cassandra Ryan (2yrs of service), not present serving in the National Guard

Unit Commanding Officer, Master Chief Barry Crawford, USN (Ret) and Command Chief Gregor Guempel presided. Our gratitude to MA State Senator Patrick O'Connor and State Senator Walter F. Timilty for their support and recognition of the cadet's accomplishments. Naval Sea Cadets Squadron 7 Zulu NAS South Weymouth Alumni

06/26/2021
Military Weapons Collection Specialty Tour

Volunteer Jim Bodell opened our specialty exhibit featuring military weapons from all US conflicts dating back to the American Revolution for our visitors today.

BRAVO ZULU to Steve Singlar (right) for his leadership and coordination and his brother Joe and the many Tin Can Sailors...
06/26/2021

BRAVO ZULU to Steve Singlar (right) for his leadership and coordination and his brother Joe and the many Tin Can Sailors who spent this week volunteering onboard Salem completing many preservation projects. Our non-profit organization benefits from $300,000 annually of volunteer labor. New volunteers always welcome!

BRAVO ZULU to Steve Singlar (right) for his leadership and coordination and his brother Joe and the many Tin Can Sailors who spent this week volunteering onboard Salem completing many preservation projects. Our non-profit organization benefits from $300,000 annually of volunteer labor. New volunteers always welcome!

Thank you to our friends at Battleship Cove for featuring USS Salem and to Dr. Scholes for his continued support. This i...
06/23/2021
Inside the History: 8" 55 Gun Room of Turrett II on Heavy Cruiser USS Salem CA-139

Thank you to our friends at Battleship Cove for featuring USS Salem and to Dr. Scholes for his continued support. This is the first of a video series they will be sharing, so please subscribe to their channel for more. Kilroy Pass offers discount admission to both museums. #QuincyBuilt #KilroyWasHere Visit Massachusetts, Discover Quincy, Southeastern Massachusetts Visitor's Bureau

Inside the History: 8" 55 Gun Room of Turret II on Heavy Cruiser USS Salem CA-139Battleship Cove is on the road to see one of the four remaining Fore River ...

06/21/2021

If you have ever eaten at the Bay Pointe Waterfront Restaurant in Quincy Point you know what a beautiful location it is along Town River. Over a century ago the Baker Yacht Basin occupied the space. Here is a photo of an ad from the 1905 Crowninshield annual catalog showing the large footprint of the shipyard. And that is why the street next to the Dairy Queen that goes down to Town River is named Baker Ave.

Timeline Photos
06/17/2021

Timeline Photos

TODAY is the WWII Reenactment aboard USS Salem, Quincy! The Red Devils New England are one of the reenactor groups parti...
06/05/2021

TODAY is the WWII Reenactment aboard USS Salem, Quincy! The Red Devils New England are one of the reenactor groups participating. Admission $10-12. Tickets available online uss-salem.org or at the ship! We are open 10am - 4pm. Event ongoing throughout the day, no time specific activities. Join us!

TODAY is the WWII Reenactment aboard USS Salem, Quincy! The Red Devils New England are one of the reenactor groups participating. Admission $10-12. Tickets available online uss-salem.org or at the ship! We are open 10am - 4pm. Event ongoing throughout the day, no time specific activities. Join us!

Excited to welcome the New England Livinghistoryassociation D-Day Units aboard Saturday for the WWII Reenactment aboard ...
06/03/2021

Excited to welcome the New England Livinghistoryassociation D-Day Units aboard Saturday for the WWII Reenactment aboard USS Salem, Quincy. The 82nd Airborne, British 6th Airborne, German 914th Grenadier Regiment and 1st Infantry Division will set up throughout the ship for a unique visitor experience. Join us! Admission $10-12. Tickets available online or at the door 10am-4pm. Discover Quincy, Quincy, Massachusetts, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, BostonUSA, Visit Massachusetts, The Patriot Ledger, The Quincy Sun, Quincy Access Television, The Boston Globe

05/30/2021
Photos from USS Salem's post
05/29/2021

Photos from USS Salem's post

Museums are great for rainy days! Our onboard exhibits include artifacts and ephemera from 100+ Navy ships. Discover Qui...
05/29/2021
USS Salem

Museums are great for rainy days! Our onboard exhibits include artifacts and ephemera from 100+ Navy ships. Discover Quincy South Shore Chamber of Commerce BostonUSA Visit Massachusetts

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

Happy Birthday Salem; She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949. Celebrate your child's birthday onbo...
05/15/2021

Happy Birthday Salem; She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949. Celebrate your child's birthday onboard as our "Officer of the Day". $200 gets you a guided tour for 14 and exclusive use of the Chief Petty Officer's Mess. Visit our website to check availability uss-salem.org

Happy Birthday Salem; She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949. Celebrate your child's birthday onboard as our "Officer of the Day". $200 gets you a guided tour for 14 and exclusive use of the Chief Petty Officer's Mess. Visit our website to check availability uss-salem.org

We love receiving donations to our collection! A local resident donated some photos of USS Salem from her father's time ...
04/27/2021

We love receiving donations to our collection! A local resident donated some photos of USS Salem from her father's time aboard the USS Charles Sperry. This one is from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1949 during his Refresher Training Cruise. We are honored families continue to contribute to our musuem. We are proud stewards of our nation's military history.

We love receiving donations to our collection! A local resident donated some photos of USS Salem from her father's time aboard the USS Charles Sperry. This one is from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1949 during his Refresher Training Cruise. We are honored families continue to contribute to our musuem. We are proud stewards of our nation's military history.

Opening Day! We welcome visitors in compliance with State Guidance for museums. We have reduced admissions capacity to 5...
04/17/2021

Opening Day! We welcome visitors in compliance with State Guidance for museums. We have reduced admissions capacity to 50%, require masks, have hand sanitizer throughout, increased cleaning protocols and with a 717' vessel there's loads of room for social distancing. Tickets available online or at the door. Our volunteer crew is excited to welcome you aboard Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. Discover Quincy, City of Quincy BostonUSA, Visit Massachusetts, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Quincy Chamber of Commerce

Opening Day! We welcome visitors in compliance with State Guidance for museums. We have reduced admissions capacity to 50%, require masks, have hand sanitizer throughout, increased cleaning protocols and with a 717' vessel there's loads of room for social distancing. Tickets available online or at the door. Our volunteer crew is excited to welcome you aboard Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. Discover Quincy, City of Quincy BostonUSA, Visit Massachusetts, South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Quincy Chamber of Commerce

Looking for something fun to do with the kids school vacation week? The USS Salem in the City of Quincy opens for the se...
04/06/2021

Looking for something fun to do with the kids school vacation week? The USS Salem in the City of Quincy opens for the season on Saturday, April 17th. Visit Massachusetts, BostonUSA, Discover Quincy, Quincy400, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Looking for something fun to do with the kids school vacation week? The USS Salem in the City of Quincy opens for the season on Saturday, April 17th. Visit Massachusetts, BostonUSA, Discover Quincy, Quincy400, Quincy Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Chamber of Commerce

01/19/2021
Fore river Shipyard - Digital Commonwealth Search Results

Thanks to funding from the City of Quincy Community Preservation Fund, we have begun to digitize our collection. It is a massive undertaking. Digital Commonwealth has lots of historical images from Quincy's Shipbuilding era.

An online library of photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and other materials of historical interest from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across Massachusetts.

01/10/2021
USS Lexington Museum On The Bay

USS Lexington Museum On The Bay built in the City of Quincy at the former Fore River Shipyard where Quincy Built USS Salem serves as a Museumships

It’s a new year! Start 2021 off on the right track by planning a trip to the USS Lexington Museum! We are open 9-5 p.m. daily and look forward to welcoming you and your family aboard! #usslexington #HappyNewYear #navyship #Aircraftcarrier #welcomeaboard

01/04/2021
Soul of the Sea Witch

Thank you to W***y Hassell, Sam Baltrusis and The Greater Boston Paranormal Associates led by our volunteer Paranormal Director Don DeCristofaro for this great documentary the "Soul of the Seawitch". Discover Quincy Destination Salem, Massachusetts

Soul of the Sea Witch is the story of the U.S.S.Salem, the only heavy cruiser left in existence. After serving in the Mediterranean where she was known as th...

Check out the Travel Channel Kindred Spirits featuring the USS Salem. Amy Bruni and Adam Berry visit the USS Salem, a de...
12/18/2020
Deadly Depths

Check out the Travel Channel Kindred Spirits featuring the USS Salem. Amy Bruni and Adam Berry visit the USS Salem, a decommissioned Navy cruiser, after a caretaker's troubling encounter with an aggressive spirit. Psychic medium Chip Coffey - Psychic and Medium steps in with a late-in-the-game realization that shocks everyone. Discover Quincy, Destination Salem, Massachusetts, Visit Massachusetts
https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/kindred-spirits/episodes/deadly-depths

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry visit the USS Salem, a decommissioned Navy destroyer, after a caretaker's troubling encounter with an aggressive spirit. Psychic medium Chip Coffey steps in with a late-in-the-game realization that shocks everyone.

Merle would be proud of his anchor all dressed up for the holidays
12/13/2020

Merle would be proud of his anchor all dressed up for the holidays

The anchor of our sister ship USS Des Moines CA 134 is decorated for the holidays and welcomes visitors to the City of Quincy near the entrance to the former Fore River Shipyard where both vessels were built. Photo credit: @richard ash.

The anchor of our sister ship USS Des Moines CA 134 is decorated for the holidays and welcomes visitors to the City of Q...
12/12/2020

The anchor of our sister ship USS Des Moines CA 134 is decorated for the holidays and welcomes visitors to the City of Quincy near the entrance to the former Fore River Shipyard where both vessels were built. Photo credit: @richard ash.

Quincy built submarine discovered! Decommissioned U.S. navy R-8 class submarine, built in 1918 in the City of Quincy san...
12/11/2020
Submarine from after WWI found frozen in time on ocean floor by N.J. dive team

Quincy built submarine discovered! Decommissioned U.S. navy R-8 class submarine, built in 1918 in the City of Quincy sank during a practice bombing exercise in 1936, the salvage company said. It was one of 27 R-class submarines commissioned by the Navy during WWI but was completed after the war.

The R-8 class sub was built in 1918.

11/26/2020

Thank you to all who visited this season. Thank you to all our volunteers who keep us shipshape. Thank you to our donors who stepped up to help us through COVID. Thank you to all who help meet our mission, to honor those who served onboard and those who built our fleet. Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to thank Battleship Cove and the James Family for sharing their pictures of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. ...
11/23/2020

We would like to thank Battleship Cove and the James Family for sharing their pictures of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD-850 and the USS Salem CA-139 at sea together. What an amazing find.

Our friend Gale James sent us these photos of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD-850 and USS Salem CA-139 at sea around 1957. These were taken by JPK crewmember Don James and have beautiful color.

Thank you Gail for sharing these images of two museum ships working together while in the active Navy. Of interest, both are Quincy, MA built ships as well.

The SALEM is rendering honors to the the Shah of Iran who is aboard JPK.

Images Copyright to the James Family.

Following up from our previous post about the history of USS Salem’s “Gold E” award...“The crew of the cruiser's after e...
11/16/2020

Following up from our previous post about the history of USS Salem’s “Gold E” award...

“The crew of the cruiser's after eight-inch gun turret pose with Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of Naval Operations, as he visited the Sixth Fleet flagship on 26 June 1957. Admiral Burke is congratulating the Turret Captain, Gunner's Mate First Class Aleckson S. Bedrosian, for his turret crew's performance in winning the Gold E award during surface target practice in the Mediterranean Sea on 8 June. The Gold E, awarded to outstanding gun crews, is seen here painted on the turret side. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.”

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just wanted to let U.S.S.Salem members know we have lost another member of the organation Gale Ryan passed away this morning Tue. Jan.5th he and his wife loved to go to the reunions
My dad was onboard as part of the USMC contingent.....
Had to share Bruce's post about your sister! What a beaut, even with her ruined makeup ☺️
Is there anywhere I can get the names of all the sailors who served on the USE SALEM? My father said he served on this ship, but I have heard differing stories. Thanks
My husband was on the Joseph P Kennedy, Jr. - DD850 from 1954-1957. I was posting photos to a couple Kennedy pages and thought you might enjoy these. Personnel transfer to the Salem May 1957.
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten on board the USS Salem 1953
On deck - USS Salem 1953
Manning the rails - USS Salem 1953
Thank you All at the USS Salem CA-139 for every thing you are all doing to keep Our Nations History Alive and Appreciated! Thank you to Margaret Laforest President, Board of Directors. United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum & USS Salem CA-139 for having us today and coordinating a successful voyage! Thank you to the Crew who spent time with us aboard the USS Salem! Thank you to Kevin for setting this up and responding to my Email regarding the Ship Donation. With Much Appreciation and Gratitude, William F. Pomphrey's Family
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Things I found in some of my father’s stuff, he was proud of his time on the Salem, my mother and he were on the last sailing of her.
Just a couple more, my dads and mothers from the sailing of the Salem