USS Salem CA-139

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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.

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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
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Visit The Ship

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Overnights on the ship

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

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday aboard the USS Salem and make it a unique and historic event. Prices start at $175 and include a tour of the ship, party room and a special gift to the birthday boy or girl. Please email webteam@uss-salem.org to schedule.

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Functions & Guided Group Tours

We offer private guided group tours, discounted rates for large groups, and can include access to function rooms. Please contact webteam@uss-salem.org to schedule. 

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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. DiscoverQuincy.com