Welcome to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum

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, in historic Quincy, Massachusetts.

Feeling Brave?

Take a Ghost Ship Tour of the USS Salem! Watch as your host guides you through the unsolved mysteries aboard the USS Salem.

More from inside the Ship


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.

Experience the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum

Visit the U.S.S. Salem; the world’s only preserved heavy cruiser!

Experience the feeling of sailing the high seas from stem to stern.

A distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet.

A Look at the USS Salem

Support the USS Salem

Visit our Square store to make an online donation or to purchase USS Salem Ball Caps! More items coming soon.

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