USS Salem CA-139

My title


Welcome to the USS Salem

Welcome to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum Online. Located in historic Quincy, Massachusetts. The USNSM is home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser. We are located in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, once one of the Nation's largest Shipbuilding Enterprises.



Ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and launched on 25 March, 1947. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.

USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. During her career she served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.

Admiral Burke and Captain Enzy in 1957

Visit The Ship

julia himmel - IMG_4710

Functions & Guided Group Tours

We offer private guided group tours, discounted rates for large groups, and can include access to function rooms. Please contact to schedule. 


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday aboard as the Officer of the Day with exclusive use of the Chief Petty Officers Mess Function Room which comfortably seats 22 people around the original table. $200 package includes a guided tour for 14 people. Additional guests can be added for $10 per person. You're welcome to bring your own food aboard. Choice of 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:00pm - 3:30 p.m.

mess hall

Overnights on the ship

Spend the night aboard the USS Salem with our Overnight Adventure Program! Unfortunately, this program will not operate in 2020 or 2021. We hope to return in 2022. 


Discover Historic Quincy

Just seven miles south of Boston, the City of Quincy has national historic
treasures virtually unmatched in their authenticity. Visitors are welcome to the birthplaces, summer White House and
final resting place of United States Presidents John and John Quincy Adams. Settled in 1625, Quincy is home to some
of America’s richest, most influential history.