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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Thank you to Willy Hassell, Sam Baltrusis and The Greater Boston Paranormal Associates led by our volunteer Paranormal D...
01/04/2021
Soul of the Sea Witch

Thank you to Willy 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
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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.”

The USS Salem proudly still displays her "Battle E". The U.S. Navy Battle Effectiveness Award (formerly the Battle Effic...
11/15/2020

The USS Salem proudly still displays her "Battle E". The U.S. Navy Battle Effectiveness Award (formerly the Battle Efficiency Award, commonly known as the Battle "E"), is awarded annually to the small number of United States Navy ships, submarines, aviation, and other units that win their battle effectiveness competition. The criterion is the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks, and is based on a year-long evaluation. The competition for the award is, and has always been, extremely keen. To win, a ship or unit must demonstrate the highest state of battle readiness. The Battle Effectiveness Award recognizes sustained fast and winning performance in an operational environment within a command.[1] To qualify for Battle "E" consideration, a ship must win a minimum of four of the six Command Excellence awards (Maritime Warfare (Black "E"), Engineering/Survivability (Red "E"), Command and Control (Green "E"), Logistics Management (Blue "E"), CNSF Ship Safety (Yellow "E"), Efficiency (Purple "E")),[2] and be nominated by their immediate superior in command. Eligibility for the award demands day-to-day demonstrated excellence in addition to superior achievement during the certifications and qualifications conducted throughout the year. A ship’s performance during training exercises, weapons inspections, and tactical readiness examinations are among the 16 different areas that are considered in the competition.
Ships that win a battle effectiveness competition are authorized to paint a white "E" with black shadowing on their stacks or elsewhere to display evidence of the honor. For each subsequent consecutive competition won, the ship paints an angled line, or hashmark, below the white "E". The "E" and any hashmarks are removed in the year the ship first fails to win the award.

11/14/2020

Our Quincy Built Heavy cruiser is named for the City of Salem. Nicknamed the "Seawitch", our museum is popular with paranormal enthusiasts. We are open this weekend and next from 10am-4pm. Admission is $10-12 per person and we are just a 40 minute ride from Destination Salem, Massachusetts. USS Salem Paranormal Experience, The Greater Boston Paranormal Associates #mylocalMA Discover Quincy Visit Massachusetts

Thank you to all service men and women, past and present. A special thanks to our many Veteran volunteer crewmembers who...
11/11/2020

Thank you to all service men and women, past and present. A special thanks to our many Veteran volunteer crewmembers who are committed to maintaining our musuem to show others what life is like aboard a U.S. Navy ship and honor the service of those who served aboard.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps and a special OOHRAH to Marine John Connors who served aboard the USS Salem and ...
11/10/2020

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps and a special OOHRAH to Marine John Connors who served aboard the USS Salem and still volunteers regularly as our curator. John manages the military weapons and archive space located in his old bunk room. He proudly shares our collection of items from every conflict America has been in dating back to the Revolutionary War. (Our interior is shipshape and you'll think you've turned back time to the 50s. This photo has faux rust from the filming of The Finest Hours.)

November 24, 1962 - When Truman, Stalin, and Churchill met at Potsdam, a VIP latrine was built for their exclusive use. ...
11/08/2020
Fore River Shipyard – Today in History

November 24, 1962 - When Truman, Stalin, and Churchill met at Potsdam, a VIP latrine was built for their exclusive use. Stalin was the first in, emerging from the outhouse and asking his aide, in Russian, “Who is Kilroy?” The USS Salem is home to the Kilroy Was Here catcphrase. Post your photo with our Kilroy. Open to visitors Saturdays and Sundays through November 22, 2020. Admission $10-12 per person. Tickets available online or at the door. #mylocalMA Discover Quincy BostonUSA Visit Massachusetts

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Thank you to the family of Bill Pomphrey, Master Nautical Model Ship Builder for the donation of USS Casablanca CVE-55 a...
11/01/2020

Thank you to the family of Bill Pomphrey, Master Nautical Model Ship Builder for the donation of USS Casablanca CVE-55 and USS Gearing DD 710 models. Bill's talent has been nationally recognized and featured in several articles of Scale Ship Modeler. Bill served in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He admired the intrigue capabilities of U.S. Navy vessels and the value they serve on the oceans. His family says "he would be honored to have the model ships on display at the USS Salem where they will be appreciated by many visitors in Honor of our Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and Veterans whom may have been aboard. Scale Ship Models, Scale Ship Modelers

Navy Exchange
10/29/2020

Navy Exchange

Today, on National Day of the Deployed, we reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have deployed or are currently deployed as well as the sacrifices of their Families back home.

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Our sister ship, USS Newport News CA 148 has an extensive collection aboard. We welcome visitors Saturdays and Sundays 1...
10/24/2020
USS NEWPORT NEWS CA-148: FLAGSHIP WARRIOR

Our sister ship, USS Newport News CA 148 has an extensive collection aboard. We welcome visitors Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm through November 22nd. #militarypride Discover Quincy BostonUSA Visit Massachusetts

Tribute to the USS NEWPORT NEWS CA-148 (AKA "THUNDER") VISIT USS-NEWPORT-NEWS.COM and help us reach 2 million visitors. Newport News Ships Store (Purchases a...

10/21/2020
Naval Legends: USS Salem | World of Warships

Take a Virtual Tour of the USS Salem in this World of Warships Naval Legends Video. Salem is the world's only preserved heavy cruiser and a visit aboard is like turning back the clock to her time in service. Onboard museum collections include her sister ships USS Desmoines and USS Newport News. Open weekends 10am-4pm through November 22nd. Admission $10-12 per person. City of Quincy, BostonUSA Visit Massachusetts

USS Salem is a heavy cruiser, one of the last artillery cruisers built in the USA, the Sea Witch of the US Navy, and …a giant that was late for the war. Neve...

Thank you to The Boston Globe and Visit Massachusetts for featuring the USS Salem docked in  Quincy, Massachusetts. Our ...
10/11/2020
Ghost ships, swamp beasts, and all the creepy things that happen in Room 303 - The Boston Globe

Thank you to The Boston Globe and Visit Massachusetts for featuring the USS Salem docked in Quincy, Massachusetts. Our museum is open and welcomes visitors Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm through mid-November. Online ticket sales help us manage our daily flow and our reduced capacity allows for ample social distancing. We haven't been close to selling a day out yet, so walk ups are welcome. We still have some tickets available for our specialty tours led by the The Greater Boston Paranormal Associates. These do sell out, so reserve your spot asap. Discover Quincy, BostonUSA #mylocalma

Massachusetts is home to some authentically spooky spots.

We are hearing statistics that predict 2 out of 3 museums nationwide will close due to COVID. We are grateful to our sup...
09/30/2020
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We are hearing statistics that predict 2 out of 3 museums nationwide will close due to COVID. We are grateful to our supporters and volunteers keeping us afloat. Please visit this historic ship built in her homeport; City of Quincy. Admission is $44 for a family of 4. She's 717 ft long with a beam of 77 ft - lots of room for social distancing. Open Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm through November 21, 2020. #mylocalma Discover Quincy Visit Massachusetts just minutes from BostonUSA, and on the way to See Plymouth and CapeCod.com Book tickets or gift cards online at uss-salem.org

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Celebrate a birthday aboard a historic Quincy built ship and your child can be the Officer of the Day! #mylocalma
09/30/2020

Celebrate a birthday aboard a historic Quincy built ship and your child can be the Officer of the Day! #mylocalma

Late upload from a couple weeks ago. Here are some before and after shots of Turret 3’s gun barrel restoration thanks to...
09/25/2020

Late upload from a couple weeks ago. Here are some before and after shots of Turret 3’s gun barrel restoration thanks to our friends at the Tin Can Sailor’s Association. In its day, each barrel could send a 300 pound shell down range at a rate of ten times a minute. #usnavy #heavycruiser #historicnavalshipsassociation #tincansailors # 8”/55cal #firepower

Our Sky 2 Mk 37 director restoration project is finally complete. Check out the before and after photos along with one o...
09/20/2020

Our Sky 2 Mk 37 director restoration project is finally complete. Check out the before and after photos along with one of our service photos from 1956. One of our volunteers, @danielsibbald139 was a critical man in spearheading this effort. Dan has been a religious volunteer since he was 13 years old, a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and currently a marine engineer in the United States Merchant Marine. #usnavy #merchantmarine #restoreandrevive #firecontroltechnician #volunteer #massachusettsmaritimeacademy

“Every day is a good day when you paint.” - Bob Ross. The radar dish for the portside Mk. 37 director is finally finishe...
09/15/2020

“Every day is a good day when you paint.” - Bob Ross. The radar dish for the portside Mk. 37 director is finally finished, now we can start painting the top face of the director.

Turret 3’s freshly painted gun barrels watch over Squadron 7-Zulu’s drill from the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp. We’d like to...
09/13/2020

Turret 3’s freshly painted gun barrels watch over Squadron 7-Zulu’s drill from the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp. We’d like to send a shout out to our volunteers from the Tin Can Sailors Association for chipping and painting the barrels this week. #usssalem #tincansailors #seacadets #usnscc #unitedstatesnavalseacadetcorps

Once the work is done for the day...the USS Salem (CA-139) is open!  Now on Saturday & Sunday’s 1000 to 1600 aka 4pm.  L...
09/12/2020

Once the work is done for the day...the USS Salem (CA-139) is open! Now on Saturday & Sunday’s 1000 to 1600 aka 4pm. Located in the former Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA.

Salem crew holy stoning the teak decking in the 1950’s.

Liberty Call, Liberty Call, Liberty Call! Liberty Call for Duty Sections 1, 2, and, 4. Time to turn in those work dungar...
09/04/2020

Liberty Call, Liberty Call, Liberty Call! Liberty Call for Duty Sections 1, 2, and, 4. Time to turn in those work dungarees for some Navy Whites! Pictured here is some Salem’s crew members enjoying a USO function in one of the many beautiful Mediterranean ports the ship visited during its service as the flagship of the Sixth Fleet.
Come visit the ship this weekend. After Labor Day we will only be open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm
#usssalem #discoverquincy #us6thfleet #uso #libertycall #medcruise

75 years ago this day the Second World War came to an end when the Instrument of Surrender was signed by the Japanese re...
09/02/2020

75 years ago this day the Second World War came to an end when the Instrument of Surrender was signed by the Japanese representatives in presence of the representatives of the Allied Powers aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) while at anchor in Tokyo Bay.

The USS Salem has on display this plaque, same as the one found affixed to the USS Missouri’s bulkhead near the surrender location. A duplicate that was cast at the same time the original was made.

She has a bluff bow, lovely lines. She's a fine seabird: weatherly, stiff and fast... very fast, if she's well handled. ...
08/30/2020

She has a bluff bow, lovely lines. She's a fine seabird: weatherly, stiff and fast... very fast, if she's well handled. No, she's not old; she's in her prime.

As long as it’s not raining...We paint!Kudos to our resident Jack-of-all-Trades Dan Sibbald for going that extra mile! A...
08/22/2020

As long as it’s not raining...We paint!

Kudos to our resident Jack-of-all-Trades Dan Sibbald for going that extra mile! After hours on scaffolding for the Mark 37 director.

“LIBERTY! LIBERTY! LIBERTY!” Here USS Salem’s crew enjoy a Liberty Call in Villefranche-sur-Mer during 1954.And if you a...
08/21/2020

“LIBERTY! LIBERTY! LIBERTY!” Here USS Salem’s crew enjoy a Liberty Call in Villefranche-sur-Mer during 1954.

And if you are looking for a Liberty Call of your own the USS Salem is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Come visit a historic heavy cruiser in her birthplace of Quincy MA.

Today’s task done. Scaffolding relocated! Salem’s painting crew move onto her port Mk 37 director with its Mk 25 radar. ...
08/08/2020

Today’s task done. Scaffolding relocated! Salem’s painting crew move onto her port Mk 37 director with its Mk 25 radar. #needlegunsup #gettinitdone

Before, During, After.  Work While Weather Allows..   #needlegunsup #squaredaway
08/08/2020

Before, During, After. Work While Weather Allows.. #needlegunsup #squaredaway

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.

Book tickets online at uss-salem.org
07/06/2020

Book tickets online at uss-salem.org

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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