Continuing our series on the nautical history of New England, we stop off in the Bay State, Massachusetts, to visit some great old ships. Massachusetts is home to many wonderful historical vessels that any nautical fan will want to take some time exploring.
- Battleship Cove – You can find the battleship USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the World War II submarine USS Lionfish, and the East German missile corvette Hiddensee at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. A great place to see a lot of great ships!
- Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum – The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum can be found on Congress Street in Boston, MA. Visit and learn about this pivotal event in the birth of the United States.
- The Salem East Indiaman Friendship – The Friendship is a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman. It makes its home as part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem, MA.
- Mayflower II – The replica of the Pilgrim’s ship Mayflower II makes its home in Plymouth Harbor as part of Plimoth Plantation.
- Schooner Ernestina – The Schooner Ernestina is an 1894 fishing schooner based in New Bedford, MA.
- USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young – Both the USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young may be found at the Charlestown Navy Yard
- USS Salem – The USS Salem is the only preserved U.S. Navy heavy cruiser. You can find it in Quincy, MA. Unfortunately, due to MBTA repairs, it is not currently open to visitors, but keep checking their website to see when it will reopen.
Other Articles in this Series
- Massachusetts Aquariums and Maritime Museums
- Visit Some Great Old Ships in Connecticut
- Connecticut Aquariums and Maritime Museums
- Ten Must See New England Lighthouses