USS Salem CA-139


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

mess hall

Overnights on the ship

Spend the night aboard the USS Salem with our Overnight Adventure Program! We are now scheduling groups and families for the spring and fall of 2019. 


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.