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    Family and I are taking a trip to the east coast, and our travels will take us near the Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama. I'm most familiar with the North Carolina having grown up near there (visiting it over a dozen times over the past 20 years). I've walked the main deck of Wisconsin. I've also been aboard Alabama.

    I'm curious if anyone has any opinion on which ship would have more "bang for my bucks"?

    North Carolina is my point of reference/comparison for museum ships if you want to go for there.

    Thanks.

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    Originally posted by DocHayes View Post
    Family and I are taking a trip to the east coast, and our travels will take us near the Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama. I'm most familiar with the North Carolina having grown up near there (visiting it over a dozen times over the past 20 years). I've walked the main deck of Wisconsin. I've also been aboard Alabama.

    I'm curious if anyone has any opinion on which ship would have more "bang for my bucks"?
    Depends on how many days you have.

    USS New Jersey, unquestionably, will give you the best possible interior access to an Iowa-class battleship.
    However you'll also be seeing a battleship in near-peak physical condition. That was what struck me the most about her...she looked like she was ready to crank up and sail down the river. She's perfect for a day-long visit.

    If you have a couple days, Battleship Cove in Massachusetts has the largest numerical concentration of museum warships in the world, and certainly the most diverse collection imaginable.
    There aren't too many places you can a Soviet-built warship in the Western Hemisphere (I think there are a couple of Foxtrots and that's about it).

    In addition, there are two other (relatively) close museums to see if you have several days in the area, USS Salem in Quincy and Boston has USS Constitution and USS Cassin Young.
    “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
    ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    • #3
      Thanks. This is exactly the information I was looking for. I browsed through New Jersey's websight, and liked what I saw (free admission for Active Military is a plus). I was a little disappointed when I visited Wisconsin, in that we could only walk the main deck and the O2 level? (IIRC). But that was back in summer of 2011.

      I think I'm going to put New Jersey on the list, and if the family is still up to it, we can always do the USS North Carolina since thats where we'll spend most of our time.

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      • #4
        Just got back from Battleship Cove and I have to agree- there is a lot to see there. 2 PT boats, both an Elco and A Higgins boat, a Tarantul class East German missile corvette. The part I enjoy the most though is the number of volunteers there- from people who have never worn a uniform a day in their life volunteering to help upkeep these vessels to vets who actually served onboard these vessels returning to tell their stories. On the Massachusetts they showed the scouts the movie 'Battleship"- the scene where all the volunteers on the Missouri came out to bring the vessel back to life really got a response from the kids and their parents. They had been with the Battleship Cove volunteers all day and "got it".

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        • #5
          Don't forget right across the river is the Cruiser Olympia & the Sub Becuna if you & your family are up to that too! ;)

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          • #6
            Just a couple of pictures- I'd like to have taken more, but the battery died on my phone. Oh well, a good excuse to go back. Spent a long 2 days here anyway, skipped over stopping at the USS Salem. I'll save that and Boston for another trip for the boys.
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            • #7
              I'm surprised not to see this mentioned in "qaz"'s submission!

              Well, as one "Doc" to another you do not want to miss our ship!
              No, she ain't no battleship! She may be the smallest of the above mentioned vessels! But, she is probably the most completely and more authentically restored of any!
              You will definitely be given consideration being active duty! You will definitely get to go as far below decks as you would like! But, be sure to visit compartment B-3 and see the progress being made on getting her mains running again! One of those 16 cylinders is ready to turn over!
              The USS Slater (DE-766) is in Albany, NY on the Hudson River and just a couple of minutes from the main highway connections!
              You can take a virtual tour on her web site at
              Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, Albany, NY
              click on the panoramic views at the bottom of each page in the deck by deck views!

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              • #8
                Ahhh that is quite ture if you have spare time make sure to give the Slater a stop by! Though we are in our last week of the 2012 tour season! Open Wednesday, Closed Thanksgiving, and open Friday - Sunday 10-4.


                Was just figuring based on him & his family being at the Cove yesterday & how it seems that it apperas to be a road trip of sorta along the Coastline he might have been farther south than New York by the time Wednesday rolls around is all ;)

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