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Travel Letters
America's Fighting Ships open to tourists

Go aboard historic US Navy ships that have protected America throughout the centuries --
battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines, etc.  As you step from the gangway to the quarter deck
you're boarding a war machine.  You'll see the weapons of war, the powerful engines that transport
the weapons plus the working and living areas of the sailors who make it work.   The weapons range
from torpedoes to sink enemy ships to planes and heavy guns.  As you tour the ships learn their
stories of courage.

These ships are just some of the many former warships that are now museums that tell us of the
fighting spirit of earlier times.  See the list below.
o  Wilmington, NC
o  Mount Pleasant, SC
Fall River, MA
New York City, NY
San Diego, CA  o
Mobile, AL
State              City                 Ship                                Type               Era
Alabama              Mobile                   USS Alabama (BB-60)            Battleship               WW2        
Alabama              Mobile                  
 USS Drum (SS-228)               Submarine              WW2
Arkansas             Little Rock           
 USS Razorback (SS-394)       Submarine             WW2

California             Alameda              
USS Hornet (CV-12)                 Aircraft carrier        WW2        
California             San Diego           
USS Midway (CVB-41)             Aircraft carrier        WW2        Served 1946 to Desert Storm
California             San Francisco    
USS Pampanito (SS 383)       Submarine             WW2

Connecticut         Groton                  
USS Nautilus (SSN 571)         Submarine             1954        First nuclear powered vessel
Hawaii                  Pearl Harbor       
USS Bowfin (SS-287)              Submarine              WW2        
Hawaii                  Pearl Harbor       
USS Missouri (BB-63)              Battleship               WW2        Site of Japanese surrender

Louisiana            Baton Rouge      
 USS Kidd (DD-661)                  Destroyer                WW2
Maryland              Baltimore             
USS Torsk (SS-423)                 Submarine             WW2
Massachusetts   Boston                 
USS Constituton                       Frigate                     Oldest commissioned warshp   

Massachusetts   Fall River            
 USS Fall River (CA-131)          Cruiser                    WW2        
Massachusetts   Fall River             
USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850) Destroyer Korea & Cuban missile crisis       
Massachusetts   Fall River             
USS Lionfish (SS-298)            Submarine             WW2        

Massachesetts   Fall River             
USS Massachusetts (BB-59) Battleship               WW2        
Massachusetts   Quincy                  
USS Salem (CA-139)              Heavy cruiser          Post WW2        
Michigan              Muskegon            
USS Silversides (SS-236)      Submarine              WW2

Mississippi          Vicksburg            
USS Cairo                                  Ironclad gunboat   Civil War        
New Hampshire  Portsmouth       
USS Albacore (AGSS-569)      Research Submarine   1953
New Jersey         Camden               
USS New Jersey (BB-62)        Battleship                WW2        

New York             Albany                   
USS Slater (DE-766)                Destroyer escort     WW2       
New York             Buffalo                  
USS Croaker (SS-246)             Submarine               WW2
New York             Buffalo                 
 USS Little Rock (CL-92)            Light Cruiser           WW2

New York             Buffalo                  
USS Sullivans (DD-357)         Destroyer                 WW2    
New York             New York             
USS Intrepid (CVS-11)             Aircraft carrier         WW2        Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
North Carolina    Wilmington          
USS North Carolina (BB-55)  Battleship                WW2        

Ohio                      Cleveland           
 USS Cod (SS-224)                   Submarine              WW2        
Pennsylvania      Philadelphia        
USS Becuna (SS-319)            Submarine               WW2        
Pennsylvania      Pittsburgh             
USS Requin (SS-481)             Submarine              WW2

South Carolina   Mount Pleasant   
USS Laffey (DD-724)               Destroyer                 WW2      Most decorated US ship in WW2
South Carolina   Mount Pleasant   
USS Yorktown (CV-10)            Aircraft carrier          WW2        
South Carolina   Mount Pleasant   
USS Clamagone (SS-343)    Submarine              WW2        

Texas                   Corpus Christi     
USS Lexington (CV-16)           Aircraft carrier         WW2        Oldest surviving aircraft carrier
Texas                   Galveston             
USS Cavalla (SS-244)             Submarine              WW2    
Texas                   La Porte                 
USS Texas (BB-35)                 Battleship                WW2        Oldest surviving battleship

Virginia                Norfolk                   
USS Wisconsin (BB-64)          Battleship                 WW2        
Wisconsin          Manitowoc              
USS Cobia                                Submarine                WW2

Note:  The decommissioned ships are operated by independent organizations.  Some of the WW2 ships served after the
end of  hostilities and post war modifications have been retained.  Additional ships can be found by a Google search for  
"museum ships".

Click the ship's name to link to the museum ship's website
Note: If columns are not properly aligned set "zoom" at 100%
Alameda, CA
San Francisco
Groton, CT
o  Pearl Harbor, HI
Boston &
Quincy, MA
o  Vicksburg, MS
o     Camden NJ  
&     Philadelphia, PA
Albany, NY    o
Cleveland, OH
La Porte, TX
Galveston, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
o   Norfolk, VA
Little Rock
Baton Rouge, LA
Baltimore, MD
Muskegon, MI
Portsmouth, NH   o
Buffalo, NY
Pittsburgh, PA  o
Manitowoc  o