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Historic Ships in Baltimore
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Special submarine at this site
Oct 27, 2014 by: Benson591 from Ashford
Liked the WWII submarine USS Torsk, but the coast guard cutter was well worth a visit as well. 'Coastguard' does not do it justice as it saw service in the Atlantic, the Med and Pacific in WWII as well. Lots of history on board both.
Oct 25, 2014 by: Clemente71 from Richmond, Virginia
I have done the USS Constellation before and if you know a little bit about the Age of Sail the ship itself is fascinating. This does have a gift shop and a small exhibit to orient you to the ship. If you know nothing about the age of sail then this is imperative. My experience was that the guide was haughty (hey, I have been working in the field of history for 25 years so don't really need the attitude). This time it was in dry dock so I took the group to the other ships. Virtually no help from guides when asked questions. The submarine is cool if you have not been in one before, The coast guard light ship-well,er, uh-not much labeling or info. The Coast Guard cutter however, does have a lot of labeling of its history and is kid friendly with an ongoing search for info on the resident dog of the ship Soogie. The cutter may be worth doing by itself or if you know enough to piece your way through the USS Constellation then that is definitely worth it. However, with so many other things to do in Bmore I would probably place this further down the list of things to do.
Oct 24, 2014 by: KLB2011 from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Being from Colorado we don't see ships like that. I personally got a little claustrophobic in the submarine but it was amazing. We had never heard of a light ship (the Chesapeake). The coast guard cutter was interesting too. Unfortunately the Constellation was not in port. We appreciated the opportunity to see these ships!
Navy fan and this is a huge piece of history
Oct 22, 2014 by: arizonaac from Phoenix, Arizona
I have been to the historic ships in Boston and never knew that Baltimore also had a similar group of ships. For me the USS Constellation is a great representation of our Naval history. I feel we should preserve the ships from this era to show future generations real life examples of how life was in the 1800's for our sailors. As a Navy veteran who served on ships build from the mid-60's through 80's I cannot imagine the conditions those men served under. Truly a good area to visit several ships in a small area.
Helpful ghosts on the U.S.S. Constellation will give you a tour
Oct 21, 2014 by: dellavar from Paris, France
The historic ships museum in Baltimore harbor is a transcendental experience if you are enamored of naval history, the sea-going life of old or merely are sensitve t o the presence of very active ghosts. There have been tv shows and news articles written about the ghosts on the USS Constellation. Mediums have talked about the little boy with the blood on his face, and tourists have remarked on the adult sailor "running for his life" or the helpful "Tour guide" in uniform who simply does not exist according to museum officilas.....Go for the immaculately restored and maintained ship, one of many, spend a couple of hours examining the well thought-out displays. And of course, if you like, try to figure out what happened to 13 yr-old Surgeon's assistant "Larry" (He told me his name and ran away) the little ghost in uniform who loos as real and as solid as you and I. You'll be a believer once you meet him and his likely murderer's ghost, I promise you.
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