Battleship Cove

Battleship Cove is located in Fall River , Ma.

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It’s a nonprofit maritime museum. In addition to the brick and mortar museum, the grounds are decorated with propellers, props and preserved pieces of hulls.

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In the water of beautiful Mt. Hope Bay the  rescued naval vessels are still afloat and maintained. A nominal admission allows you to explore the majestic ships.

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This is the largest collection of preserved US Navy Ships in the World. The fleet includes five National Historic Landmarks: Battleship USS Massachusetts, Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Submarine USS Lionfish, and PT Boats 617 and 796.

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While exploring the grounds I met a veteran who is now making his living as a pilot/photographer. He had a stand set up with his amazing photographs. You can check out his work at

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Battleship Cove and it’s museums sit surrounded by Fall River Heritage State Park. The park hugs the shore of the Taunton River (Mt. Hope Bay) and offers a boardwalk, benches, groves of trees, an antique  carousel, public sailing programs, and a three-acre meadow where I watched families flying kites.

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The carousel is housed in a separate building and was closed to the public for a private party when I was there. I definitely want to return to see that. I could see traditional carousel lights through the windows of the upper level but couldn’t see much else.

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I watched a common merganser float with the tide and a 2 drakes got into a tussle over a female  duck.

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I even saw a turtle making a dive for the bottom. All around was activity, joggers, dog walkers, families with strollers. It was clear that this is a popular park  in beautiful shape and I had a beautiful spring day to enjoy my introduction.

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If you go you’ll find  the parking is free in the lot located under the Braga Bridge near the Battleship Cove Visitor Center.

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Park all day and enjoy all the area has to offer. I only scratched the surface on this first visit.

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It’s clear I’ll have to go back to dig a little deeper.

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