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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 2:26:46 PM   
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I've always wondered what causes that "dented in" look to old ships.  Just years of floating, flexing and bending?

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 2:47:34 PM   
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obvert, having just been on the Texas (commissioned in 1914) and seeing the pictures of the Massachusetts (commissioned in 1942) right after from your images really shows the difference in technology. Even with the upgrades to the Texas during the war there is so much more room and better equipment on BB-59.

Thanks for the pictures, reminds me I need to go see her sister, the Alabama, again soon as it has been over 15 years since I was on her last.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 3:40:08 PM   
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Will have a hire car so shouldn't have a problem.

Or will I?

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 4:00:03 PM   
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Will have a hire car so shouldn't have a problem.

Or will I?

Roger


You should be fine if you can drive in early and stay as long as you'd like. There is a lot to see, but one solid day is enough. I had 3 hours, which was not quite enough.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 4:02:34 PM   
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The limiting factor will be my wife's tolerance level I think..... Lol

Thanks again for the info and pics.

Now hoping New England is going to be nicer weather than what we still have here in UK - someone seems to have cancelled spring for us.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 6:42:35 PM   
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Forward torpedo room. How did they move these things around? I looked for some mechanism above but it didn't seem obvious anyway. Must have been some kind of winching system, but re-loading would not have been a quick process I'm thinking.




Doesn't the whole table move forward? I think those handles you see below the torps are for pulling it up to the tube.

You see the hour glass (sorta) shaped rollers at the front of the tables? They're not for nothing methinks.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 6:54:28 PM   
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Thanks for the pics Erik! Love them!

The armor in pic #9. Jesus christ!

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 7:00:03 PM   
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Fantastic shots! My dad took me aboard when I was 9, errr 1969... and we were not allowed much access below and nothing in the super structure. Thanks for the post.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 8:18:15 PM   
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Cool!

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 9:44:47 PM   
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Forward torpedo room. How did they move these things around? I looked for some mechanism above but it didn't seem obvious anyway. Must have been some kind of winching system, but re-loading would not have been a quick process I'm thinking.


Doesn't the whole table move forward? I think those handles you see below the torps are for pulling it up to the tube.

You see the hour glass (sorta) shaped rollers at the front of the tables? They're not for nothing methinks.


You're so right. Classic case of me looking all over the ceiling missing the vital detail right in front of my face!

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 10:15:24 PM   
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thanks for nice detailed pictures

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 11:21:04 PM   
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Great pic's!

Me likey much. Me jealous you long time.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/10/2013 11:30:51 PM   
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Great photos...I went a long time ago for the first time...think they only had the BB then. My dad took a photo of one of the kids in my troop hanging out of the end of the barrel of one of the 16 inchers. Just a great pic to judge the scale of those guns.

The PT Museum is pretty cool too.

For those wandering around the area (liberally judged) there is the "Official" U.S. Navy Submarine Museum about an hour away in Groton, CT. Got lots of neat WW2 stuff plus the first NUC, USS Nautilus. After a visit to a WW2 Fleet Boat the Nautilus seems like a country club.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 2:13:58 AM   
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For those wandering around the area (liberally judged) there is the "Official" U.S. Navy Submarine Museum about an hour away in Groton, CT. Got lots of neat WW2 stuff plus the first NUC, USS Nautilus. After a visit to a WW2 Fleet Boat the Nautilus seems like a country club.


True, I haven't been on a WWII sub (well, I've seen the U505 at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry), but I have been lucky enough to tour the Skorpion (former Soviet-era sub at Long Beach), then got a tour of the Minneapolis-St Paul at Norfolk while there for a course a few years ago. Amazing how roomy it seemed compared to the little Russian one. Still cramped, of course, and then I got to tour the CVN USS Truman. That made the subs seem like escape pods!

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 2:53:56 AM   
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Amazing pictures.
Thank you.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 11:00:30 AM   
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Hi all,

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Here is the armor piercing portion of one of the five shells landed on the Jean Bart at Casablanca. This fight began about 12 miles out and this shell penetrated about four decks in from a high angle trajectory.





Very nice pictures - thanks!

BTW, this one is absolutely astounding!


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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:12:29 PM   
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Got a few more edited. Here is the info board for the BB.






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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:21:41 PM   
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A shot here of 'A' turret. Interesting to note that the ship carried paravanes, even though it would be a rare occasion when it would use them You can see one just ahead of the turret.




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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:24:05 PM   
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Here is the rather spacious operating room. Sick bay was outside, and was at least 30 x 20 feet. A big space. There were also several smaller critical care rooms, a dentist's office, and a dispensary all up in the bow area.




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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:24:56 PM   
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Here is another of the Lionfish.




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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:26:20 PM   
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And a shot down the 'main' passage in the center of the sub. The rooms to either side were so cramped it was hard to get a shot of them to show what they were really like.




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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 12:28:58 PM   
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This is the radio room on the Lionfish. Lots of gear packed in tightly.




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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 2:56:06 PM   
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Here is another of the Lionfish.






what's that next to the sub? Thanks for posting these pics btw

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 4:53:50 PM   
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It is the Hiddensee an ex German, ex East German Taranful class corvette next to the Lionfish.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/11/2013 5:21:08 PM   
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It is the Hiddensee an ex German, ex East German Taranful class corvette next to the Lionfish.


Yes. I didn't get a chance to see it at all, or the DD Joseph Kennedy. Next time!

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/12/2013 1:29:22 AM   
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Thanks for the pictures! I drive right by USS MASSACHUSETTS every summer, on our way out to Cape Cod on I-195. I've always wanted to go, but the rest of the family doesn't care....so it goes.

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/12/2013 6:20:00 AM   
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Thanks for the pictures! I drive right by USS MASSACHUSETTS every summer, on our way out to Cape Cod on I-195. I've always wanted to go, but the rest of the family doesn't care....so it goes.


Have you considered bribing the family? "If I can stop here for a day we go to Disneyland next summer"?

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/12/2013 7:35:17 AM   
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It is the Hiddensee an ex German, ex East German Taranful class corvette next to the Lionfish.



How does an Ex East German corvette get to this place to be displayed? There is not enough money to conserve famous US ships of WWII but they got an East German corvette?

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RE: Visit to Battleship Cove - Fall River, MA - 4/12/2013 6:20:59 PM   
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Thanks for the pictures! I drive right by USS MASSACHUSETTS every summer, on our way out to Cape Cod on I-195. I've always wanted to go, but the rest of the family doesn't care....so it goes.


Have you considered bribing the family? "If I can stop here for a day we go to Disneyland next summer"?


Or maybe you could find a nearby outlet mall and say "do you want to stop and pick up a couple outfits for vacation?"

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