Battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) : Her History, Maintenance & Record 16-Inch Shot in WW2
Launch of the U.S. Navy battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Fore River Shipyard, Massachusetts (USA), 23 September 1941.
Ships under construction at the Fore River Shipyard, Massachusetts (USA) on 8 October 1941 (l-r): Hull No. 1478: USS Massachusetts (BB-59); Hull No. 1490: Sinclar Superflame; Hull No. 1479: USS San Diego (CL-53); Hull No. 1480: USS San Juan (CL-54).
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) underway at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation Fore River Shipyard, Massachusetts (USA), in early 1942. Note that her radars are still missing. Note her Modified Measure 12 Camouflage.
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) maneuvering off Casablanca, Morocco, during the North Africa invasion, 8 November 1942. Note that Massachusetts is flying two very large national ensigns.
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) underway, most probably after her refit at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington (USA), circa in July 1944. She is painted in Camouflage Measure 22.
The U.S. Navy battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) refuels two Fletcher-class destroyers in 1945.
The home to five National Historic Landmarks and Official Veteran Memorials on both state and national levels, Battleship Cove has been providing the preservation of both the military heritage of the New England region and that of the United States since 1965. A non-profit memorial and museum located in Fall River, Massachusetts, veterans, families, schools, Scouts, and interested visitors from around the world have walked the decks of these historic vessels and viewed the legendary aircraft on display.
Day visits, overnight camping experiences, and special events allow the public to immerse themselves in the exploration of the historic entities on exhibit. Furthermore, see for themselves the sacrifices made by both the military personnel who served on these amazing ships and aircraft. Moreover, those who supported their construction and operation on the home front.
With battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59), destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr (DD-850), submarine USS Lionfish (SS-298), PT Boats 617 and 796. In addition, German missile corvette Hiddensee, you will be sure to have an educational and memorable visit to “America’s Fleet Museum”.
Lastly, please visit Battleship Cove and discover one of America’s treasures just a 1 hour drive from Boston!