When anchored, ships offer a variety of activities for young sailors, including exciting rounds of Extreme Ship Makeover and attempts to fit ships into large glass bottles. Explore a more refined shipping scene with today's Groupon for guided tours of the USS Salem, docked near the Fore River Bridge in Quincy. Choose between two options:
- For $5, you get a regular guided tour (a $10 value).
- For $12, you get a four-hour guided ghost tour (a $25 value).
Guided tours of the USS Salem, one of the nation's only preserved naval heavy cruisers, indulge history buffs with Cold War naval history and skin-tingling paranormal activity. Commissioned in 1949, the USS Salem served a 10-year career patrolling the Atlantic and Mediterranean as a lady of diplomacy, where she hosted ambassadors, royalty, and pirates disguised as fish sticks. Tours of the great ship, which now rests in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, explore her individual history while also honoring those who served on her in a variety of exhibitions and memorials.
Ghost gurus from RTS Paranormal Investigations lead four-hour paranormal tours of the USS Salem, whose preternatural mysteries were featured on Ghost Hunters in October 2009. After inspecting the earthly equipment of the ship, tour guides will lead brave visitors into her haunted hull, where spirits and shadow people are said to wander freely, seeking employment as ship tour guides.
In 1949, the USS Salem began its 10-year career patrolling the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. A flagship of the 6th Fleet during the Cold War era, it served as a “Lady of Diplomacy,” using its massive canons to impress ambassadors, not to fire on enemies. The ship also made headlines in 1953 when it harbored refugees from Greece following a massive earthquake.
Today permanently docked in Quincy Fore River Shipyard, the Salem is one of the last preserved naval heavy cruisers in the world. Three quarters of the ship is used to honor the history of those who served, with features including a Navy SEALs exhibit, the USS Newport News Memorial Room, and a US Navy Cruiser Sailor Memorial. In addition to memories, the Salem also hosts birthday parties and overnight adventures filled with simulated battles and real-life survival instruction. If they listen closely, visitors might even hear some of the spooky sounds that earned the ship a feature on the SyFy channel’s Ghost Hunters in 2009.
739 Washington St.
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169Get Directions