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Almost everyone associated Boston with Massachusetts. And thereby Harvard university and the MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of which are in Cambridge, not Boston.

But Massachusetts also has some other interesting places, including Fall river where the battleship Massachusetts is moored.

Fall river

Battleship cove

USS Massachusetts, known as "Big Mamie" to her crewmembers during World War II, was a battleship of the second South Dakota class. She was the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state, and one of two ships of her class (along with her sister Alabama) to be donated for use as a museum ship.

Massachusetts has the distinction of having fired the US Navy's first and last 16-in (406 mm) shells of the war. During World War II Massachusetts was initially assigned to duty in the Atlantic Fleet during which she successfully crippled the Vichy French battleship Jean Bart in a gun duel during Operation Torch.

Transferred to the Pacific fleet in 1943, Massachusetts participated in the Solomon Islands campaign and the Philippines Campaign, and in the latter campaign took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In 1945 she was one of several ships assigned to shell targets on Honshū, the largest of the Japanese Home Islands. In an effort to spare the battleship from scrapping in 1962, citizens of Massachusetts pooled resources to raise money for her transfer to the Massachusetts Memorial Committee, and in 1965 the Navy formally donated the battleship to the committee. Massachusetts was towed to Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts, and formally opened as a museum ship on 14 August 1965.

The big guns used separate shells and powder in bags to propel them, which is quite primitive technology. I'm glad I did not have to do that work!

Also ch3eck out the thickness of the conning tower door (the conning was where the ship was controlled in battle, with the door shut for obvious reasons).

The battle ship is a classic 'lots of guns' configuration (see photos of 5 inch guns on sides and Bofors anti-aircraft guns) which a modern submarine or air to ship missile would probably sink in 5 minutes of opening of hostilities.


USS Lionfish WW II submarine

Soviet-built missile corvette Hiddensee.

USS Kennedy destroyer

Fall River hostorical buildings

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