Battleship Cove is the world’s largest naval ship collection of impressive 20th century naval ships. The collection includes American vessels plus a Soviet built craft. Battleship Cove is in Fall River Massachusetts at the joining of Tauton River with Mount Hope Bay. This is the states memorial for military veterans of World War II Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars plus September 11 victims.
USS Massachusetts Big Mamie is the largest ship and highlight of the naval ship collection. Its crew during World War II called the South Dakota class battleship ‘Big Mamie’. The 680-foot battleship survived thirty-five World War II battles in both the Atlantic and Pacific. In its first year exhibited Big Mamie attracted over 250,000 visitors.
Battleship Cove displays the only pair of fully restored World War II PT boats, PT Boats 796 and 617 in the world. The Elco PT-617 on display is similar to the PT-109 commanded by John F. Kennedy in World War II.
The USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. destroyer saw action in Korea, Vietnam, and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The Gearing -class destroyer was named after naval aviator Joseph P. Kennedy jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy.
The USS Lionfish World War II is a Balao-class attack submarine. In 1945 its first war patrol was in Japanese water. Ten days later it dodged two torpedoes from a Japanese submarine and destroyed a Japanese schooner with the deck guns. The submarine was named after the scorpaenoid fish of the West Indies.
A Tarantul class corvette the Hiddensee was built at the Petrovsky Shipyard of Saint Petersburg in 1984. The East German Navy commissioned the Soviet built missile corvette.
Open daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fall/Winter Hours – after October 2013
Open daily 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Adults $17.00 with reduced rates for seniors, military, and children
Fall River is the 10th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 88,857. It is 17 miles south east of Providence, RI, 15 miles west of New Bedford MA, and 17 miles south of Taunton MA.
Taunton is a city in Massachusetts with 55,874 inhabitants with the Tauton River, winding through the city connecting with Mount Hope Bay. It is one of the oldest town in the US, founded in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony. New Bedford is the 6th largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 95,072. It was nicknamed ‘The Whaling City’ as an important port for fishing and whaling.
Battleship Cove is a 6 hour drive of 400 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 through Albany past the border into Massachusetts. Continue through Springfield and Worcester then US 195 south through Providence RI to Fall River MA.
Here’s a visitor’s impression of Battleship Cove:
“Getting into the rear gun turret was amazing, but the front turret with 100s of shells just blew my mind.”