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Visit to Battleship Cove

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I had occasion to visit Battleship Cove a few weeks ago. For folks who don't know, that's where the USS Massachusetts is moored.

If anyone owns Big Mamie in game and has noticed the artwork on B turret, yes, it is present on the real thing.

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This is the first battleship I've visited where I was able to get into one of the main battery turrets. Here is the main rangefinder from the rear of the turret. You can see the rangefinder on the outside of the turret to the left of the artwork in the photo above.

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And here are some powder bags being rammed into the breach of one of the 16 inch guns. You can see the door where the bags come from in the wall behind the loading tray.

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The photo is at an odd angle because the space I was in is very cramped. There is absolutely no extra room inside one of these turrets. You can get into one of the 5 inch gun turrets, too.

Here is a shot from the bow showing off Massachusetts in all her glory.

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There's lots of other things to see at Battleship Cove. Like USS Lionfish.

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That's Hiddensee behind the sub. It's a cold war era missile corvette formally of the East German Navy that found it's way into US Navy service after the wall came down. The bins on the side of the ship are for SS-N-2 Styx anti-ship missiles.

There's also a Gearing class destroyer, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. The ship was heavily modified post war with an ASROC launcher, ASW torpedo tubes and a flight deck and hanger for drones.20190803_112810.thumb.jpg.a27c4d4ac8ed8d3e3204b5b9b43209d7.jpg

I spent a whole day walking through these ships. There is also a building where two PT boats are on display. I had never seen a PT boat beyond pictures and models before visiting Battleship Cove. If anyone has the opportunity to get there, I recommend you take it.

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My father @VonMelon , my brother @deadmeat231 , my son and I were just there a few weeks ago. It is a fun amazing sight to stand on that deck and see the glory that is the Massachusetts  . Highly recommend anyone who goes grabs lunch at the burger bar around the corner , burgers were amazing capper to the trip .

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