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BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK, USS ALABAMA,

2703 Battleship Parkway
Mobile Alabama

(251)433-2703

Opens:
9:00am (Daily except Christmas)
Closes:
4:00pm October-March
6:00pm April-September
Admission fees: Age 12 & up: $10.00
Ages 6-11: $5.00
under age 6: Free

For more information visit the Official Website at

http://www.ussalabama.com

 

Battleship Memorial Park,  home of the Battleship USS Alabama, the USS Drum, and the striking memorial to to all services from WWI to Desert Storm.  Is located just off Interstate 10 in Mobile Alabama.  Just a short drive of less than an hour,  around 55 miles from Biloxi, the heart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Has re-opened as of January 9, 2006. The hours have changed to 9am-4pm with the last ticket being sold at 3pm. Over night scout trips and corporate events and ceremonies are on hold until the Battleship is level again, after listing at better than 3 degrees for several months after Hurricane Katrina. The programs will reopen after construction of the concrete aft gangway.

There is also a nice air conditioned café and souvenir shop where you can purchase a nice lunch or that forgotten camera. You will want to take pictures. This is a wonderful attraction for both adults, and children.

 Spend the day touring the Battleship, by choosing one or all of it’s color coded self guided tours. Thru this massive piece of history.  In addition to the ships there is also an enclosed pavilion with 12 airplanes and numerous exhibits from WWII.  However the aircraft pavilion received heavy damage during season 2005, and is not currently available for tour, but you can still see several of the aircraft.

“ Battleship Alabama came home in the 1960's when it was saved from the salvage yard by the nickel and dimes of Alabama's school children. I was in grade school when the state began to raise money to bring the USS Alabama to Mobile. I believe if you gave a dime you received a card good for one admission to the battleship. I think I finally used it about 20 years later but they still honored it and even gave it back to me to keep as a souvenir in my scrapbook. In addition to the USS Alabama, there is also the USS Drum, a WWII submarine, in the park. The park serves as a memorial to all services and veterans from WWI to Desert Storm.”  ( visitor review)

 


USS Alabama (BB 60
)
is the fourth of four South Dakota class battleships laid down in the 1930s and 1940s. She was built by the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her keel was laid on February 1, 1940 and she was launched on February 16, 1942. USS Alabama was commissioned on August 16, 1942. It is painted grey on metal surfaces exposed to the elements with the exception of a black stack cap and black "boot topping" at the waterline. Three quarters of the ship's deck is covered with teak laid on a bituminous base and bolted to the deck. USS Alabama was built with two explosively-driven catapults on the stern port and starboard, for launching observation airplanes. One of these was removed and discarded during the ships inactive period. One catapult is still in place with a fully restored OS2U Kingfisher airplane in place. The USS Alabama is in excellent condition and retains her World War II integrity. USS Alabama was decommissioned by the navy in 1947 and remained unaltered until the time of her transfer to the State of Alabama as a war memorial in 1964

 

The USS DRUM arrived at Pearl Harbor from the east coast April 1, 1942, and after a voyage to Midway, cleared Pearl Harbor April 14, 1942, action bound on her first war patrol.   Cruising off the coast of Japan, she sank the seaplane Tender MIZUHO and three cargo ships in the month of May, returning to Pearl Harbor June 12th to refit. DRUM's second war patrol, which she made in the waters between Truk and Kavieng from July 10th to September 2nd, found her efforts frustrated by poor torpedo performance, but she damaged one freighter before returning to Midway to refit.


 

For more information visit the Official Website at

http://www.ussalabama.com

     
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