A Brief History: The USS Massachusetts, a South Dakota Class Battleship, was built by the Bethlehem Steel Company at their Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts beginning July 20, 1939.  Commissioned May 1942 “Big Mamie,” as the ship came to be known, saw its first action of World War II dealing out damage to enemy ships, ports, and building in the coastal city of Casablanca, Morocco as part of Operation Torch (the allied invasion of North Africa).  From there the USS Massachusetts joined the pacific fleet in February of 1943 where she would finish out her tour of duty assisting in the invasions of the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.  The battleship also participated in the bombardment of Japanese controlled islands throughout the pacific, as well as the shelling of the Imperial Iron and Steel Works at Kamaishi and a factory in Hamamatsu.  Decommisissioned March 2, 1947 she was stricken from the Naval Register in June 1965 and ordered to be sold for scrap before an immense fund raising endeavor at the hands of Massachusetts school students and her former crew came up with enough money to bring “Big Mamie” to the Fall River, MA waterfront where she has remained since as one of the five National Landmark ships at Battleship Cove.

Haunted History: There have been many claims of feelings of being watched while walking through the tight hallways of the ship.  There have also been claims of hearing voices while on the ship late at night when no one else is around.  People have also claimed that while in a room by yourself for a little while you start to get a feeling of get out.




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