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  2. Australian National Maritime Museum Australia’s Museum of the Sea, located in Sydney, is a place to explore our relationship to the oceans, rivers, and lakes around us and to dive deeper into the rich maritime heritage that binds us all. As the national center for maritime collections, exhibitions, experiences, and knowledge, we are custodians of historic vessels and a cultural hub for Australian maritime heritage and contemporary stories of the sea. These stories come to life for visitors at our Sydney Harbour site and connect with national and global audiences in immersive and innovative ways, including online experiences that can be explored from anywhere. The Site's First Traditional Owners The Australian National Maritime Museum occupies an outstanding harbor-side site close to the center of Sydney – Australia's oldest city and, for a long time, the nation's busiest port. It stands on land traditionally owned by the Gadigal people, who found a rich source of fish and shellfish in the sheltered waters of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. Indigenous culture is explored in our core exhibition, Eora First People. A Hub of Commerce Darling Harbour, close to the site of the first British settlement at Sydney Cove, soon became the colony's maritime commerce cradle. Later, this inner-city branch of Sydney Harbour served as the industrial and cargo transport hub of New South Wales. Here, cargo ships from local ports and across the world docked and departed, immigrants arrived in streams of thousands to start a new life in a new land, and waterside workers - wharfies - became engaged in a struggle against work conditions and practices they found increasingly oppressive Darling Harbour's importance as a transport hub accelerated through the 19th century as NSW's railways reached regional areas, drawing more primary produce into the capital for shipment across the seas. Large tracts of land, particularly on the western side of the waterway (where the museum now stands), were given over to railway lines and sidings, storage sheds, and workshops. And then came a period of extraordinary change. With the introduction of new cargo handling technologies, particularly containerization, Darling Harbour's port activities started to move away from the city center to Botany Bay and other places. By the 1980s, Darling Harbour was almost redundant as an industrial center and transport interchange. It would soon undergo a remarkable transformation - to become a relaxed and welcoming harbor-side recreation and tourist district. Australia’s largest museum vessel HMAS Vampire HMAS Vampire at sea HMAS Vampire facts - HMAS Vampire is Australia's largest museum vessel It is a Daring Class destroyer, the largest destroyer built in Australia Vampire served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1959 to 1986 Vampire had a peaceful career, even while escorting troops to Vietnam in the 1960’s Vampire was built on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, its keel laid in 1952 In 1977, Vampire was RAN escort for HMY Britannia during the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour of Australia In 1980, it was refitted as a RAN training ship In 1997, it was transferred to the Australian National Maritime Museum Vampire’s arsenal included - 3 twin turrets housing 6 x 4.5-inch guns (still in place) 2 single-gun and 2 twin-gun Bofors anti-aircraft guns (still in place) 5 anti-ship torpedo launchers (removed in 1970) surface to subsurface anti-submarine mortar (removed in 1980) Machinery - Two Foster Wheeler three drum super-heated boilers; two English Electric Company geared steam turbines, generating 40,284 kW (54,000 hp); twin screws and rudders Other exhibits include: HMAS Onslow - Oberon class submarine HMB Endeavour - Replica of original James Cook's Endeavour. ...and much more Links for more information - MU SEA UM Website Facebook Instagram Twitter (X) Address - Australia’s Museum of the Sea 2Murray Street, Darling Harbour Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
  3. BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK - Battleship Memorial Park, located in Mobile, Alabama, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year. These guests come to tour the Park and learn about the men who served aboard the USS ALABAMA and USS DRUM, our nation’s military history, and the price paid for freedom. USS Alabama - On February 1, 1940, as the keel was laid at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, Battleship USS ALABAMA (BB-60) had a remarkable career. She was the fourth and final member of the South Dakota class of fast battleships built for the United States Navy in the 1940s. After entering service, Alabama was briefly deployed to strengthen the British Home Fleet, tasked with protecting convoys to the Soviet Union. In 1943, she was transferred to the Pacific for operations against Japan; the first of these was the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign that began in November of that year. While operating in the Pacific, she served primarily as an escort for the fast carrier task force to protect the aircraft carriers from surface and air attacks. She also frequently bombarded Japanese positions in support of amphibious assaults. She took part in the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign in June–September and the Philippines campaign in October–December. After a refit in early 1945, she returned to the fleet for operations during the Battle of Okinawa and the series of attacks on the Japanese mainland in July and August, including several bombardments of coastal industrial targets. Alabama assisted in Operation Magic Carpet after the war, carrying some 700 men home from the former war zone. She was decommissioned in 1947 and assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, where she remained until 1962, when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. Home to a crew of 2,500 courageous Americans, this 45,000-ton war machine’s WWII adventure culminated with BB-60 leading the American Fleet into Tokyo Bay on September 5, 1945. Nine Battle Stars for meritorious service were awarded the “Mighty A” during her brief three-year tenure as the “Heroine of the Pacific.” USS Drum Submarine - USS Drum (SS-228) is a Gato-class submarine of the United States Navy, the first Navy ship named after the drum, a type of fish. Drum is a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama, at Battleship Memorial Park. Drum was the twelfth of the Gato class but was the first completed and the first to enter combat in World War II. She is the oldest of her class, and she is still in existence. Drum received 12 battle stars for her World War II service. She is credited with sinking 15 ships and 80,580 tons of enemy shipping, the eighth highest of all US submarines in total Japanese tonnage sunk. Drum was laid down on 11 September 1940 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 12 May 1941 BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK - 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama Quick links: Website USS Alabama YouTube Facebook Twitter (x) Instagram
  4. Jagerbomb_2021

    USS Midway Museum - San Diego, California

    I'll be visiting this museum this week while I'm down in San Diego to watch my son graduate USMC boot camp. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance
  5. I think this topic ultimately belongs in Museum. How to make the user base aware that it exists?
  6. @Slammer58 FYI @HogHammer As we discussed, I'm 'evicting' this type of threads from 'Historical Section' over to here. What needs to be decided is where they will fit under the 'Naval Museums' club structure.
  7. Cool videos. Good topic. 🙂
  8. USS Midway Historical Overview The USS Midway was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climactic Battle of Midway in June 1942. Midway was built in only 17 months. It missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945. Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes. From the beginning of its service, the Midway played key roles in the Cold War. In 1946, it became the first American carrier to operate in the midwinter sub-Arctic, developing new flight deck procedures. Midway became the only ship to launch a captured German V-2 rocket the following year. The trial’s success became the dawn of naval missile warfare. Just two years after that, Midway launched a large patrol plane on a marathon flight to demonstrate that a carrier could deliver atomic bombs. Midway served with the Atlantic Fleet for 10 years, making seven deployments to European waters, patrolling “the soft underbelly” of NATO. A round-the-world cruise took Midway to the West Coast in 1955, where it was rebuilt with an angled deck to improve jet operations. Midway’s first combat deployment came in 1965, flying strikes against North Vietnam. Midway aircraft shot down three MiGs, including the first air kill of the war. However, 17 Midway aircraft were lost to enemy fire during this cruise. In 1966, Midway was decommissioned for a four-year overhaul. Over a chaotic two-day period during the fall of Saigon in April 1975, Midway was a floating base for large Air Force helicopters that evacuated more than 3,000 desperate refugees during Operation Frequent Wind. It was the U.S. Navy’s largest humanitarian mission to date. Midway was laid down on 27 October 1943 in Shipway 11 at Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Virginia; launched on 20 March 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Bradford William Ripley, Jr.; and commissioned on 10 September 1945 (eight days after the Surrender of Japan) with Captain Joseph F. Bolger in command. Restoring One of the U.S.'s Biggest Aircraft Carriers Midway at sea Location - USS MIDWAY MUSEUM 910 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 Museum Links - YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter (X)
  9. The Battleship Wisconsin (Big Wisky) Berthed today at Nauticus, the national maritime center in Norfolk, Virginia, the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) was the last authorized of the four mighty Iowa-class battleships, the largest American dreadnoughts ever built. Wisconsin, or “Big Wisky” as it was affectionately nicknamed, enjoyed a service life that spanned six decades and three conflicts. Entering service just as the supremacy of battleships was giving way to aircraft carriers, the heavy guns of the four Iowa-class vessels were still unmatched when it came to naval firepower. BB-64 could hurl shells over the horizon at enemy ships but also at targets far inland — a duty it performed right up to Operation Desert Storm. Long since decommissioned, this great piece of American maritime history was not destined for the scrap yard. Resurrected by the City of Norfolk and the USS Wisconsin Foundation, it has become a museum ship and navy heritage site that continues the legacy of duty, honor, and country that was the calling card of Wisconsin’s crew and to inspire future generations of Americans. Wisconsin earned five battle stars for her World War II service and one for the Korean War. The ship also received the Navy Unit Commendation for service during the first Gulf War. The City of Norfolk has assumed stewardship of the Battleship Wisconsin, which is now included in regular Nauticus admission. Admission fees help preserve and maintain the battleship for future generations. Big Wisky Turns 80 The Battleship Wisconsin will celebrate its 80th anniversary on April 16, 2024. Special events are planned throughout the month of April. Important Links - NAUTICUS Website About Battleship Wisconsin Exhibit Wisconsin 80th Celebration Exhibits During April Facebook YouTube Instagram Video Courtesy of Drachinifel (Drachinifel - YouTube)
  10. I visited the NJ from the Philadelphia when we visited Philly a few years ago. BTW, The Morris House is a great place to stay because it is located very close to (walking that is) Independence Hall and the theater district. Water taxi to the NJ. The New Jersey is a great tour !!! A must see Museum ship. And, if you get bored, wander 45 minutes North to Bethlehem, PA... Bethlehem Steel has a museum and they preserved the Blast Furnaces where the 16" guns and Citadel and Ship Armor were made.... A must see if you are a ship Historian and want to know how the WW1 and 2 ships armor and weapons were made....
  11. PLEASE NOTE: BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY TO HEAD TO PHILADELPHIA NAVY YARD ON MARCH 27 The Battleship New Jersey, which is currently getting 500,000 gallons of water from the Delaware River pumped into her for ballast at the Paulsboro Marine Terminal, will leave for Dock #3 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27. Four tug boats from McAllister Towing will direct and move the Battleship north to the historic Navy Yard. While in the Yard, the Battleship’s hull will be cleaned, coated, and checked for any maintenance needs. Experience a guided tour of the Battleship while she’s at Dry Dock on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning April 6. For tickets, visit Battleship New Jersey Dry Dock The Battleship New Jersey - The Most Decorated Battleship The Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) Museum & Memorial is located in Camden, NJ. The museum regularly ranks as one of the best museums in NJ, one of the best things to do in Philadelphia, and serves as an entertaining attraction for families in New Jersey. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the largest battleship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. You can sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the biggest battleship and the 5th Fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded. The New Jersey is one of the most interactive U.S. battleship museums. Important Links -- Battleship New Jersey Website Facebook Instagram YouTube Twitter
  12. The reason NJ is ballasting down in the bow is that because her tanks are empty, she rides about 10 feet higher in the bow than in the stern. In order to have her present to the keel blocks a relatively flat keel, she's taking on 2000 tons of water. Interestingly, the Iowas are somewhat longer than the NCs and SoDaks partly because a longer hull means more speed for the same power, but also because the architects wanted more reserve buoyancy, and they got it with a longer bow.
  13. I_cant_Swim_

    Spain

    Museo Naval de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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    Estonia

    in progress
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    Italy

    in progress. Museo Storico Navale, Venice, Italy Technical Naval Museum, La Spezia, Italy
  16. I_cant_Swim_

    France

    in progress.. Utah Beach Landing Museum: https://utah-beach.com/en/ https://www.levoyageanantes.fr/en/places/nantes-naval-museum/ Maillé-Brezé is the first naval museum afloat in France. A destroyer escort, Surcouf type, built in the 1950's. also: Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, Bayeux museum: https://www.bayeuxmuseum.com/en/memorial-museum-battle-of-normandy/your-visit/ Overlord museum: https://www.overlordmuseum.com/en/ Juno Beach Centre
  17. I_cant_Swim_

    Germany

    Post-war Germany had very little interest in building monuments and restoration projects for WW2 naval vessels. Whereas some critical projects were rightfully prioritized, mainly relating to documentation of the horrors of the holocaust lest the world forget, naval vessels were mostly scrapped. Generally, only fragments such as the odd torpedo, propeller screws, and other artifacts remain. Here, we provide a listing of some sites with navy artifacts from around WW2 that are worth visiting. Peenemünde museum Maritim Museum | Peenemünde Main Harbour | 17449 Peenemünde Tel. 038371-89054 | Fax 038371-26581 https://u-461.de/u461-peenemuende-en Located on the Baltic Sea, on the island of Usedom (see map), Peenemünde museum calls itself the largest submarine museum in the world. The museum is home to the submarine U-461, (NATO reporting name JULIETT). 16 of this Diesel-powered class of submarine were built for the Red Banner Fleet of the Soviet Navy beginning in the 1950s (remember, East Germany was occupied and only reunited with West Germany in 1990), the one on show was completed in the early 1960s. U-461 was used for patrols in the North Atlantic, and carried nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The submarine is moored at the pier of the former naval base of the 1st Flotilla, and can be viewed at the following times: 16. Sept – 15. Okt 10.00-16:30 | 01. June – 30. June 10.00-17.00 16. Oct – 31. May 10:30-15.00 | 01. July – 15. Sept 09:30-18:15 Tickets: approx. 7€ for adults, 16€ for a family (2 adults, 2 children). You can also support the museum by purchasing items from the U-Boot Shop on the premises. More to see in Peenemünde: Historical Technical Museum Historisch-Technisches Museum |Peenemünde GmbH | Im Kraftwerk, 17449 Peenemünde Tel: +49 (0) 38371 5050 https://museum-peenemuende.de Nearby, just across the harbor from the U-461 in fact, is the Historical Technical Museum, which details the history of the V2 rockets, built on site. Admission costs approx. 9€ for adults, 2€ for children.Guided tours are also available. Opening hours: Apr - Sep: 10 am to 6 pm Oct - Mar: 10 am to 4 pm Nov - Mar: Closed Mondays German Marine Museum Wilhelmshaven Deutsches Marinemuseum Südstrand 125 | 26382 Wilhelmshaven Tel. 04421 – 400840 https://www.marinemuseum.de/ The Marine Museum can be found in the north German town of Wilhelmshaven, on the Jade Bight, which opens into the North Sea (see map). The High Seas Fleet of the Imperial German Navy – the Kaiserliche Marine – was based here, with the second major naval base being in Kiel, on the Baltic Sea. During the second world war, the Kriegsmarine remained the main naval base. Beside being a harbor and naval shipyard (the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer were launched from here), Wilhelmshaven was also the site of the first torpedo division of the KM. At the end of the war, over 200 naval vessels were seized in port by allied forces. Guided tours (free) are available upon reservation. [Video] (in production) Today, the museum holds Germany’s biggest museum warship, the Lütjens-class guided missile destroyer Mölders (D186). The ship design (Charles F Adams class destroyer) was based on an extended hull design (134m) of the Forrest Sherman class destroyer, and was built in 1966-67 by Bath Iron Works, Maine, USA. With the aid of digital media, a visit on board also offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of former servicemen on board. Another vessel of interest is the submarine U10 (S189, 1967). The coastal minehunter M1077 Weilheim (1958, Lindau-class) is also moored here, as is the Schnellboot (fast patrol ship) S71 Gepard (1982). Opening hours: 1. Apr – 31. Oct: 10.00-18.00 1. Nov – 31. Mar: 10.00-17.00 More to see near Wilhelmshaven: German Maritime Museum Not far (about an hour’s drive) from Wilhelmshaven is the port city of Bremerhaven. The German Maritime Museum can be found here, with several ships listed, including the fully intact, diesel-electric Type XXI submarine, Wilhelm Bauer, of the Kriegsmarine. Tickets cost about 6€ (3€ for kids) [Video] (in production) https://www.dsm.museum/en [Video] Opening hours: Mar – Oct: 10.00-16.00 Oct – Mar: 10.00-16.00 Oct – Mar: Closed Mondays Note: Please contact DevStrike! staff @Support if you would like to add to or change information presented.
  18. I_cant_Swim_

    UK

    Imperial War Museums HMS Belfast The Queen's Walk London SE1 2JH Image IWM (HU 10258). © IWM, IWM Non-Commercial Licence Situated on the south bank of the River Thames (see map), HMS Belfast is a museum ship run by the Imperial War Museums (IWM, https://www.iwm.org.uk/) HMS Belfast is the largest WW2 era museum warship in the UK.A Town-class light cruiser launched in 1938, the ship was involved as an arctic convoy escort, in the Battle of the North Cape (1943), and Operation Overlord (1944). You can visit all nine decks of the HMS Belfast. See the operations room, boiler and engine room, mess decks, transmitting station, six-inch gun turrets, magazines, flag deck and more, and you can even sit in the Captain’s chair. Although the ship saw some upgrades and post-war service, she now sports her 1942-1944 camouflage (Admiralty Disruptive Camouflage Type 25), The ship has an onboard café, and you can support the work of the IWM by buying something from the associated IWM Shop, port side. HMS Belfast: Guided Tour Around The Revamped WW2 Museum Ship! Membership options are available. Opening hours: 10am - 6pm, last entry 5pm every day except 24 to 26 December. Ticket prices start about £25 (June 2024). For more history on the HMS Belfast: HMS Belfast - A Town that served a Country An excellent video by Drachinifel on the design and features of the ship, followed by an overview of her operational and refit history. What was it like to work in the gun turrets? HMS Belfast's Armament In this video from the Imperial War Museums, we get to see how the guns were loaded, aimed following intel from the transmission station, and fired Note: Please contact DevStrike! staff @Support if you would like to add to or change information presented.
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    Sweden

    in progress...
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    Denmark

    ...in progress Royal Danish Naval Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
  21. Highly recommend a trip to tour this ship ! What is important in visiting the USS Kidd is the "perspective" it gives you...! This isn't an Aircraft Carrier size wise !!! It's the "Minnie Cooper" of Naval combatants... I knew DD's were small ships. Take the tour and see for yourself just how small this class of DD's are....! I can not believe that many men were assigned to this class of DD's. As a retired Armor Officer, I am used to small and tight spaces in the heat of deserts and the ice and cold of winter.. Seriously, small and cramped spaces... Tankers have nothing on Tin Can sailors.......nothing... I am going to go back to Baton Rouge and spend more time on this ship. There are a 1,000 more questions I need to ask to make sense of a ship this small.... And, the Museum is really, really nice....!
  22. During World War II, the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, located on the shore of Lake Michigan, built 28 submarines for the United States Navy. More than 7,000 men and women worked around the clock, 365 days a year, to build some of the best submarines in the Navy. USS Cobia was not built in Manitowoc, but for nearly 50 years, she’s been a fitting memorial to the men and women who built Manitowoc’s Freshwater Submarines and the brave men who served on those boats. The "Manitowoc 28" submarines have become known as "Freshwater Submarines" since they were the only freshwater port to build subs. Of the 28 submarines built here, 25 were built in time to see action during the war. Together, they sank 132 Japanese ships. Four Manitowoc submarines were lost at sea: USS Robalo, USS Golet, USS Kete, and USS Lagarto. The four boats and their brave crews are now on Eternal Patrol. USS Cobia was designated a National Historic Landmark for her World War II service, including service in the Pacific, where she earned four battle stars. She is now a museum ship at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Ongoing restoration, maintenance, and preservation efforts keep Cobia in remarkably good condition, with many systems operational, including two of the main diesel engines, the radio shack, and the SJ-1 radar, which is believed to be the oldest operating radar set in the world. Ironically, of the 28 submarines built in Manitowoc during WWII, the USS Cobia was actually built on 17 March 1943 by the Electric Boat Company at Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 28 November 1943, sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Magruder, and commissioned on 29 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander Albert L. Becker in command. Wisconsin Maritime Museum Website Facebook Instagram
  23. The USS Kidd (DD-661) is a Fletcher-class destroyer, the six-hundred sixty-first destroyer built by the United States Navy. In the traditional system of naming destroyers after Naval heroes, she was named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., who was killed aboard his flagship, USS ARIZONA (BB-39), during the surprise attack by the Japanese on the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The USS Kidd is the only Fletcher-class destroyer that was restored to her WWII (1945) configuration and is open to the public for tours. Explore the USS Kidd's history at this link: https://www.usskidd.com/explore-the-kidd/ship-history/ USS Kidd links - USS Kidd Website Facebook Instagram
  24. Battleship Texas led a distinguished 34-year career in the United States Navy. In that time, she fought in both World Wars, earned a number of “firsts,” and was home to tens of thousands of sailors and marines from all walks of life. Texas served with the Grand Fleet during the First World War and earned five battle stars during the Second World War. She fought in North Africa, Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, and through it all, only lost one crew member to enemy fire. In 1948, Battleship Texas was donated to the State of Texas to serve as a museum and memorial. In the words of her last captain, Charles Baker, “Her wars are over. She has won the right to rest peacefully in Texas waters.” (From https://battleshiptexas.org/education/history/) Battleship Texas was on the front line of innovations in gunnery, aviation, and radar throughout her career. A veteran of both World Wars, today she is the world's last surviving Dreadnought. Over her career, she was home to tens of thousands of sailors and marines from all around the nation, whose history she carries with her. The Battleship Texas is currently under a major restoration project. Important links for more information or to follow the restoration progress: Battleship Texas Foundation YouTube Battleship Texas Instagram Twitter TikTok YouTube video courtesy of Third Cost Drone First Drone Footage of Battleship Texas Now at Pier D in Galveston after Leaving Dry Dock
  25. The 16" guns will NOT fire. They'd break windows on both sides of the river, and probably cause fatalities from heart attacks and auto accidents. The ship was firing the 40mm saluting cannon with 1/8 charges on the way down the river. Not even the 5" guns, though they can and do sometimes fire.
  26. Jump about 11 minutes in where all the speechifying is done and the drone cameras take over.
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