New England is a region that is dominated by it’s seashore (and of course, the one land-locked state, Vermont, is dominated by the shore of Lake Champlain). So if your are the type of person who is fascinated by ships we thought we would give you a quick run down on the various ships you can see and tour along the New England coast. Going north to south…
- Sherman Zwicker – The Sherman Zwicker is the only original Grand Banks fishing vessel that is still fully operational. When not out cruising or attending maritime events in the northeast she makes her home in the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.
- USS Albacore – The USS Albacore is a retired US Navy research submarine that pioneered the teardrop hull design used on the Navy’s modern submarines. It can be found at 600 Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
- USS Constitution – The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship. This veteran of the War of 1812 can be found in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.
- USS Salem – Launched a couple of years after World War II, the USS Salem is the world’s only preserved heavy cruiser. It can be found in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard.
- Mayflower II – The Mayflower II is a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620. It can be found in Plymouth, MA.
- Schooner Ernestina – The Schooner Ernestina was built in 1894 as a fishing schooner. Her home port is New Bedford, MA.
- USS Massachusetts – The battleship Massachusetts can be found in Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA along with the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the World War II submarine USS Lionfish and many other attractions.
- Charles W. Morgan – Built in 1841, the Charles W. Morgan is the last surviving wooden whaling ship. It makes its home port in Mystic Seaport.
- USS Nautilus – The USS Nautilus was the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. You will find her at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, CT.