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playing hookey w/ my sons on the first day of summer

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ScottMP
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have Packards and they where Elco's ... Really cool with strip planking. A couple of boats where built in my home town during the war.

I forgot this photo of the boys in the bunks down below.

Scott

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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
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    I wanted to do this last year

    but never got around to it .. soooo .... I did it this year on the first day of summer vacation ( for them ).

    We went down to Battleship Cove in Fall River MA. Its claims to be the largest Navel Museum in the world. One battleship - the USS Massachusettes, One submarine - USS Lionfish, a destroyer - the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, a Russian built corvette missle cruiser, landing craft and two PT boats.

    They also have displayed a WWII japanese suicide boat that was to ram into ships as they came close to the coast of Japan.

    We walked up and thought and around all of them.

    I think the biys enjoyed it as much as I did :)

    Hug your kids.

    Scott

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  • Jim Bennett
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    Wow....

    that looks really cool! They look like they are having a ball.

    I'm sure they'll remember this day with dad for the rest of their lives!

    Sure beats a day at work.

    Jim

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  • Keith_8
    Keith_8 Member Posts: 399
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    Battleship Cove

    Excellent learning experience.
    My son and I spent the night on that same battleship. The cub scouts sponsored the exursion. Dad was in the Navy as the Korean war was winding down. My uncles were all in the Army for WWII. It certainly got me thinking about the personal sacrefices that are necessary to protect our way of life.My son,9 at the time, had a blast.

    As the saying goes,"Spending time with your children Priceless"!

    Keith
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
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    And you know what ?

    All the work is still here this morning.. Those memories would'nt be unless I did that.

    I read about kids staying over night on the boats, that must be quite the experience.

    We had lunch on the USS Massachusettes, thats was cool.

    Scott

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  • Ruthe Jubinville_2
    Ruthe Jubinville_2 Member Posts: 674
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    nice looking boys

    and a great outing. ..Ruthe
  • Darin Cook_5
    Darin Cook_5 Member Posts: 298
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    Scott

    I have been wanting to go to Battleship Cove with the kids for a long time now. I will make the time before school starts-up again. It looks pretty cool. I am glad you and your boys had a good time.








    Darin

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  • Joe@buderus_2
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    Battleship cove

    Stayed overnight awhile ago with the Scouts. It is a really great time. Kids will never forget (I will never forget!). Walking through the inner depths of the Battleship was awesome! Below the gun turrents, where the the powder and shells where stored was the best. Scott - the boys look like there getting big! Thanks for the bringing back the memories of "Battleship Cove".
  • BillW@honeywell
    BillW@honeywell Member Posts: 1,099
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    Hey! That kid's in my seat!

    He's sitting in the trainer's seat of that 5" deck gun on the sub. The other seat is for the pointer, who controls the gun's elevation. A Russian missile boat??? Where'd they get that?? That place really has grown. Last time I was there, all they had was the sub & the battleship, the destroyer hadn't been opened yet and the PT boats were under restoration. Anybody notice if the throttle lever housings on either PT said "Elco"? If it did, they were built in New Jersey at the old Elco Marine Works in Jersey City/Bayonne. They were made of plywood, and featured Packard gasoline engines. You're right, those kids will remember that day with Dad!
  • BillW@honeywell
    BillW@honeywell Member Posts: 1,099
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    Now you know why sailors call their bunks...

    Racks! Those kid's eyes say it all. Way to go, Dad! Concerning those PT's, it sure would be nice to hear those 4 Packards wind up to full speed, especially if you got to drive. Sure get the attention of everyone in the marinas! What wake laws??? HEHEHE!
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    that's really neat...

    That's really neat of you taking your kids there... Wherever I travel, I try to stop at explore the miltary artifacts... Last one was at Battleship Texas in Houston... Ugly ship but served more wars than other ships.. Not fully cleaned and u have a chance what its really like in the dark boiler room as well me being 6'4" hitting my head while in awe with the way they really built those ships...
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