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USS MAssachusetts

BB 59
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Photographed  by Rob Mackie at
Battleship Cove
Fall River, Massachusetts
August 1997/98

Click here for recent photos of the USS Massachusetts in drydock in Boston.
These photos courtesy of Mark McKellar and Wayne Gephardt. Thank you!

Class: South Dakota
Type: Battleship
Launched: September 23, 1941
At: Bethlehem Steel Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Commissioned: May 12, 1942

Length: 680 feet
Beam: 108 feet, 2 inches
Draft: 36 feet
Displacement: 35,000 tons
Armament: Nine 16-inch/45 caliber guns;
twenty 5-inch/38 caliber guns;
eighteen 40mm quad Bofors

The NavSource BB Massachusetts page has many WW2 era photos of Big Mamie

Click thumbnail image to view full size picture

Recent Drydock photos November '98
(These photos courtesy of Mark McKellar and Wayne Gephardt. Thank you!)
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Starboard side looking forward

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Looking towards stern from aft
of 16" turret

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Looking fwd from aside
16" 45 caliber turret

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Deck level starboard side

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Dense with guns and equipment
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Profile view of central citadel. Note compact, cluttered appearance characteristic of S. Dakota class.
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Conning tower details
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Directors, tubs, fittings and details too numerous to mention
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Midship details, 5" mounts
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"B" turret details
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Conning tower from bow
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View from quarterdeck looking fwd
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Mk 8 "comb" fire control radar atop Mk 38 16" gun director
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Mk 37 and Mk 8 "comb" gun directors
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SK-3 air search radar
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Mk 37 5" director with Mk 12 and Mk 22 "orange peel" radar used against low fliers
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Breakwater & paravanes
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Forecastle details
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Forecastle looking aft
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5" practice loaders
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Good view of masts
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Mast view
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Quarterdeck AA mount and 16" gun
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16" turrets
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View from bridge
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Another bridge view
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Central citadel details
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Central citadel underside details
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Deck mounted quad 40mm
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40mm Bofors quad mount details
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Mk 51 director used to aim 40mm AA guns
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Quarterdeck quad 40mm Bofors mount w/Mk 51 director in tub
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5"/38 caliber dual purpose gun, twin mount
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5"/38 mount.  Note shrapnel damage from Battle of Casablanca
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Rear of 5"/38 caliber twin mount
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Good shot of citadel details for modelers
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Looking up at citadel
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Search light, flag bells, 5" mounts
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Midship details
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Crane, more midship details
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Profile view aft
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Profile view aft
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Starboard side fwd
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Starboard side fwd
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Stern quarter
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Looking forward from shore
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Nice view of 16" turret
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Rangefinder "ears" on main turret
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Turret from rear
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Turret details
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Blast sleeves
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Turret details
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Quarterdeck winch
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Forecastle 20mm mount
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Nice view of "Big Mamie"