The United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum lets you experience life on board what was once one of the Navy's most powerful class of cruisers in the world. The USS Salem CA-139 is now the world's only preserved heavy cruiser. She is moored at her birthplace, the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Our Overnight Adventure offers participants activities that include simulated combat situations such as radar tracking, damage control and simulated fire fighting. Other activities include scavenger hunts, cold water survival, hoisting, and first aid lessons.
It's the hands-on aspect of our program that make us unique. Our Adventurers get access to areas of the ship off-limits to regular guests. They even sleep in the same bunks used by naval personnel and eat in the same mess decks. So, are you ready for a Shipboard Adventure?
Included with your Adventure:
- Personalized Group Orientation
- Two days' admission on board the USS Salem
- Dinner, breakfast, and snacks served in the crew's mess deck
- Up to three feature films shown on board
- Participation in up to six hands on activities and programs
USS Salem Overnight Adventure Plan of the Day
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.
SATURDAY 12:00 PM
Arrival: Meet Group Coordinator @ Guard Shack. Assign group ID’s to participants. We begin loading when your group is assembled.
1:00 PM Fire Drill & Rules and Regulations
Orientation meeting on the Fan Tail. Please read enclosed material. 2:00-3:00 Tour of Ship: Tour Guides assigned by group ID during orientation.
6:15-6:45 PM Dinner:
All participants line up for dinner on starboard or port side of galley.
All groups must clean up mess halls!
6:30-8:00 Ships Store Open
T-shirts, hats, patches available! Please remind your groups to visit the ship’s store.
8:00 PM Movie Time:
Movie 1 3rd Mess TBA
(Main Deck and Superstructure closed for evening. No one is allowed topside)
All groups must clean up the movie areas!
9:45-10:15 Free Time
Clean up and prepare for bed.
10:30 PM Lights Out:
All overnight guests must be in bunk areas
SUNDAY 7:00 AM
Reveille and Berthing Area Clean Up
Mess Clean Up
Scavenger Hunt, Start and finish in the 3rd Mess Deck
Thank you for participating in the USS Salem Overnight Adventure!
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