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USS Salem CA 139

Salem III

(CA-139: dp. 17,000, 1. 717', b. 77', dr. 26', s. 33 k.cpl. 1,738; a. 9 8", 12 5", 20 3", 8 20mm.; cl.Des Moines)

The third Salem (CA-139) was laid down on 4 July 1945 by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.Launched on 25 March 1947, sponsored by Miss Mary G. Coffey; and commissioned on 14 May 1949, Capt. J. C. Daniel in command.

After a visit to Salem, Mass., on 4 July 1949, Salem underwent three months of shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, between July and October 1949, followed by post-shakedown repairs at the Boston Navy Yard. She then made two cruises to Guantanamo in November and December 1949, and participated in maneuvers with the Atlantic Fleet in early 1950.

Salem departed the east coast on 3 May 1950, and on 17 May. relieved Newport News (CA 148) as flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. During this, the first of seven deployments to the Mediterranean as fleet flagship, Salem visited ports in Malta Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Algeria and participated in training exercises. On 22 September, she was relieved by Newport News and returned to the United States.

After three weeks at Boston, Salem joined the Atlantic Fleet for maneuvers; and, on 3 January 1951, sailed for six weeks of intensive gunnery training at Guantanamo. She completed her training off Bermuda; and, on 20 March, sailed for the Mediterranean to relieve Newport News as 6th Fleet flagship. On 19 September, she was relieved by Des Moines (CA-134) and returned to the United States for four months of overhaul at Boston.

Salem sailed on 1 February 1952 for refresher training at Guantanamo and returned to Boston on 29 March for brief repairs. On 19 April, she sailed for her third Mediterranean deployment, relieving Newport News at Algiers on 28 April. Besides the normal port calls and exercises, Salem participated in Exercise "Beehive II," which involved units of the United

States, British, Italian, French, and Greek navies. She was relieved once again by Des Moines on 29 September and arrived at Boston on 9 October.

After four months of local operations, Salem sailed for Guantanamo Bay on 24 January 1953 for training. Returning to Boston on 27 February, she sailed for the Mediterranean on 17 April and again relieved Newport News as flagship. Her fourth deployment was marked by Exercise "Weldfest" and by emergency relief work after an earthquake devastated the Ionian Islands. Salem was the first American ship to arrive on the scene, and provided relief supplies and assistance from 13 August until her own stocks ran low four days later. Relieved by Des Moines as flagship on 9 October she returned to Boston on the 24th and entered the shipyard for overhaul.

On 6 February 1954, Salem sailed again for Guantanamo Bay and returned on 7 April after refresher training. She left Boston on 30 April, and, on arrival in the Mediterranean on 12 May, again assumed duties as 6th Fleet flagship. Relieved by Des Moines at Lisbon on 22 September, she returned to Boston on 29 September. In October and November 1954, she participated in war games with the Atlantic Fleet.

Between 19 January and 22 February 1955, Salem made her annual cruise to Guantanamo Bay for training. After a two-week reserve training cruise, the cruiser sailed for the Mediterranean on 2 May and relieved Newport News on 19 May. During this, her sixth deployment, she participated in a NATO exercise and a Franeo-American naval exercise with Under Secretary of the Navy T. S. Gates embarked as observer. Salem departed Barcelona on 23 September and returned to Boston on 2 October 1955 for a four-month overhaul.

The cruiser left Boston on 16 February 1966 for training at Guantanamo in preparation for a 20 month cruise as "permanent" flagship of the Commander, 6th Fleet with homeport at VilleFrance. She returned to Boston on 5 April and sailed for the Mediterranean on 1 May. While she was at sea, the Suez crisis broke out and she was diverted to Rhodes in the Eastern Mediterranean where she joined the fleet on 14 May and assumed her flagship duties. She remained in the eastern Mediterranean until mid-June and returned when fighting broke out on 30 October. In April and August 1957, the 6th Fleet, by its presence in the eastern Mediterranean, twice showed United States support for the government of Jordan threatened by subversion. The cruiser departed the Mediterranean on 26 June 1958 and arrived at Norfolk on 4 July.

Salem was scheduled for inactivation after her return, but the request of Lebanon on 15 August for aid against an anticipated coup led to a short reprieve for the cruiser. Salem had relieved Northampton (CLC-l) on 11 August as flagship of Commander, 2d Fleet, and on 2 September, she departed Norfolk, visited Augusta Bay and Barcelona during a ten-day cruise in the Mediterranean, and returned to Norfolk on 30 September. She reported to the Norfolk Navy Yard on 7 October for inactivation, disembarked the Commander of the 2d Fleet on 25 October, and was decommissioned
on 30 January 1959. Salem as of 1974 is berthed in the Atlantic reserve fleet at Philadelphia.


USS Salem (CA-139)

Die dritte USS Salem (CA-139) ist das zweite von drei fertiggestellten [1] Schiffen der Des-Moines-Klasse der United States Navy, neben der Des Moines sowie der Newport News.

  • 9 × Sk 20,3 cm L/55
  • 12 × Sk 12,7 cm L/38
  • 22 × Sk 7,62 cm L/50
  • 12 × Flak2,0 cm L/70 Oerlikon
  • Gürtel: 102–152 mm
  • Deck: 89 mm
  • Türme: 51–203 mm
  • Barbetten: 160 mm
  • Kommandoturm: 165 mm

SALEM CA 139

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.


    Des Moines Class Heavy Cruiser
    Keel Laid July 4 1945 - Launched March 25 1947

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USS Salem CA 139 - History

On August 19th, the Shadow Chasers teamed up with several affiliate members to investigate the USS Salem in Quincy, Massachusetts.
While we have been in service since 2002, we have never been ones to target prestige locations, and in-fact we have had nearly 90% of all of our cases come to us, this was to be our second 'Paranormal Road Trip.' The site was notoriously haunted and well within driving distance. The team unanimously decided it would be worth our time and an investment to investigate one of America's most notoriously haunted locations.

History: Ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and launched on 25 March, 1947. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.


USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. During her career she served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations the Shah of Iran the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.
Although Salem never fired her mighty guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during those troubled times that came to be called the Cold War. She served as a Lady of Diplomacy, rather than as a means of exerting brute force.


After four months of local operations, Salem sailed for Guantanamo Bay on 24 January 1953 for training. Returning to Boston on 27 February, she sailed for the Mediterranean on 17 April and again relieved Newport News as flagship. Her fourth deployment was marked by Exercise "Weldfest" and by emergency relief work after the 1953 Ionian Earthquake which devastated the Ionian Islands. Salem was the first American ship to arrive on the scene, and provided relief supplies and assistance from 13 August until her own stocks ran low four days later. Relieved by Des Moines as flagship on 9 October, she returned to Boston on 24 October and entered the shipyard for overhaul.
USS Salem was decommissioned on 30 January, 1959 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard . In


October 1994, Salem was returned to her birthplace in Quincy, Massachusetts where she is now a museum ship as part of the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum. Salem also houses the USS Newport News Museum, The US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Museum, and the US Navy Seals Exhibit room.

Despite a few miss-communications we eventually managed to establish a time and date for the 19th at 6PM-7AM. A few days before hand we verified the time and date with our contact. The primary team's director was not able to respond but our contact assured us that everything was taken care of for our investigation. We were told that we could arrive at any time and our contact would be on-hand after 5:30.

Road Trip: We set out from Utica at noon and met up with our team member Sean for lunch. Continuing on from there we discussed the history of the location and all of the reported activity from the site. Investigations by Ghost Hunters and all of the teams that discussed the USS Salem from the History Channel to the Syfy Channel all claimed extensive history and activity on the site. We arrived in Quincy, MA at just before 5PM. Since we were were in unfamiliar territory on the docks we decided to check in with the ship first. Unfortunately, we decided to stop at what we assumed were the offices for the Salem. This led to a parking issue with the MBTA parking fees and their confusing directions for the parking lot.


After dealing with the confusing parking lot rules to avoid getting our cars towed, we headed up the gangplank and buzzed the ship at the security gate. We were promptly met by our contacts who informed us that we were more than welcome aboard and we could either order to the ship or go and grab dinner before the investigation. We were also informed that the ship had it's own parking lot that was exempt from the MBTA hassle. We opted to go out and grab dinner and go over our plans for the investigation based on our new information. Taking our ques from our investigation at Rolling Hills we decided that it would be best to forego any supplies and just head back to the ship.


On Site: We arrived almost an hour early and met with our contacts who offered to assist us with bringing our gear up to the ship. After several trips from our cars to the ship we managed to get all of our gear on deck. Our contacts brought us down into the forward wardroom to give us the initial overview and the waivers for the investigation.

Early Morning in Salem waiting on the Coffee shop to open.
The USS Salem is known for its history and more recently for its paranormal activity. The ship is a historic site with a long legacy and although it was never in combat, it has quite a bit of truth to the accounts. Experiencing the ship is definitely a unique experience and quite limited opportunity. The close of this particular Paranormal Road Trip brought us from Quincy and the USS Salem up to the town of Salem. Unfortunately we arrived in town almost two hours before anything in Salem opened.


USS Friendship in Salem Harbor



Reader Comments (2)

This looks like it was a NEAT investigation. I do believe this is where Jen Blaney (@JenBlaney on Twitter) is always suggesting I need to check out. (She lives in Boston.) Now I see why. I was particularly interested in where you said you saw a shadow figure. That's what she's always telling me about. I think she had quite the experience there too. I need to ask her. (You might see me tweeting you both about it.) Glad you post like this. Lets me investigate without having to do the actual work!

Actually she was one of our contacts and hosts that helped out.


USS Salem CA 139 - History

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USS Salem (CA-139)

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/07/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

USS Salem (CA-139) was part of the twelve-planned ships of the Des Moines-class heavy cruisers of the United States Navy (USN) during World War 2 (1939-1945). Only three of the group were completed as they arrived too late to see fighting in the global conflict (the rest were ultimately cancelled in the post-war drawdown). The class was regarded as the ultimate form of the conventional heavy cruiser by wartime standards. USS Salem became the last such vessel to be commissioned and currently lives on as a floating museum in Massachusetts waters.

The class succeeded the Oregon City-class surface ships of similar role and carried the same space-saving features such as a small superstructure and combined smoke funnel in an effort to provide better firing angles for the guns aboard. The Salem was thoroughly modern at the time of its commissioning and incorporated much improved Anti-Aircraft (AA) function and featured a fully-automatic main gun battery to improve firing actions. The main guns also introduced fully-cased projectiles, no longer requiring the shell-and-bag system of old.

USS Salem was ordered on June 14th, 1943 and built by the Bethlehem Steel Company at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was laid down on July 4th, 1945 and sailed on March 25th, 1947 - well after the fighting of World War 2 had completed (August 1945). The vessel was formally commissioned on January 30th, 1959 with hull symbol CA-139 and managed a service life until 1959.

The warship displaced 17,000 tons under standard load and 21,500 tons under full load. Her length was 717 feet with a beam measuring 77 feet and a draught of 26 feet. Power was from 4 x Babcock & Wilcox boilers feeding 4 x General Electric turbines developing 120,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts. Maximum speed in ideal conditions reached 33 knots and the vessel ranged out to 10,500 nautical miles. Her crew numbered 1,800 officers and enlisted.

USS Salem followed traditional armament schemes for American warships of the World War 2 period: She carried 9 x 8" /55 caliber main guns in three triple-gunned turrets, two seated over the forecastle and the other aft of the superstructure. These acted as the primary battery, given excellent firing arcs, particularly for broadsides. To this was added 12 x 5" /38 caliber guns backed by 20 a 3" guns. Close-in air defense was provided by 8 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns.

USS Salem completed her shakedown cruising in Caribbean waters into October 1949 and returned to Cuba twice before the end of the year. She joined the Atlantic Fleet at the turn-of-the-decade before entering the Mediterranean. Beyond typical friendly port stops, NATO exercises and training endeavors, the warship was used for humanitarian operations and was active in the Mediterranean Sea during the Suez Crisis (October - November 1956). She was stationed off the Lebanese coast as a deterrent during the 1958 Lebanon Crisis (July - October).

The warship ended her sailing days on January 30th, 1959 when she was officially decommissioned - a rather short service life for such an expensive and capable warship. She was then assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet for a time out of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. She was spared the scrapman's torch when, in October of 1994, she was relocated to Quincy, Massachusetts to become a museum ship. She is set to be relocated to East Boston waters in the near future due to several issues ongoing in the immediate area.


USS Salem CA-139

The USS Salem is a US Navy Heavy Cruiser. The USS Salem's specifications are:

Length: 716 feet
Beam: 76 feet
Draught: 26 feet
Crew: 109 Officers, 1,690 Enlisted
Displacement: 17,000 tons (21,500 tons fully loaded)
Max Speed: 33.5kts (39mph)
Range: 10,500 nautical miles at 15kts
Fuel Capacity: 750,000 gallons of fuel oil
Armament:
9 8 " 55 cal.
12 5" 38 cal.
22 3" 50 cal.
Aircraft: 3 Vought Kingfisher Seaplanes with 2 Catapults
Armor: Belt - 6" Armor Deck - 3.5" Conning Tower 6.5"
Power Plant: 4 GE geared steam turbines driving 4 12' screws with 20,000 Shaft Horsepower
Launching Date: March 25, 1947 at the Bethlehem Steel Company Quincy, MA

You can visit the Heavy Cruiser USS Salem at the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy, MA.

When I visited the USS Salem in 2008 the admission was a modest $5 for an unguided tour, and slightly more with a guide. I'd strongly recommend getting a guide as you'll get into areas of the ship such as the engine room and CIC that you wouldn't see on a self guided tour. The outer hull of the cruiser was freshly painted and the deckworks and superstructure were a work in progress. Inside the ship it's pretty amazing. Much of the interior is left just as it was when the heavy cruiser was decommissioned. The USS Salem was mothballed with dehumidifiers running and there is very little in the way of major rust to see. The engine room is in great shape and many of the tools you see were left there by the crew when CA-139 was decommissioned. Many other areas have been nicely restored by groups such as boy scout troops who adopt a compartment and bring it back to life. I especially liked the dental offices as the equipment was exactly the same as our family dentist used when I was a kid. The ship's barber shop has also been restored and decorated with various period shaving products and implements. One 5 inch gun mount and one 8 inch turret are open for visitors to climb inside and get a good look at the interior workings. The galley and wardroom are in very good shape and give the visitor a sense of how many of the 1,800 crewmen there might be taking meals at any given time. CA-139 a big ship and must have hummed with activity when it was still in service.

Also on site is the WWII German Midget Submarine Seehund, a coastal defense two man submarine that was surprisingly effective towards the end of WWII in the European Theater.

The USS Salem museum has a small gift shop onboard ship with mugs and T-shirts. My favorite was a "Kilroy was here" T-shirt, but they happened to be out of them when I visited. Unless it is a busy weekend, you'll need to ask at the ticket booth for someone to open the ship's store. There is no food service on site at the museum. I traveled about a mile to find a market that made sandwiches. There may have been eateries that were closer, but it wasn't apparent other than a Dunkin Donuts a couple of blocks away. There is parking on site for a modest fee. For directions and hours visit the museum's website. Their directions are much simpler than those I used from Google Maps. Take some time to get out there and visit the USS Salem. The volunteers have put a lot of effort into the restored compartments and the staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to answer questions and to get you to see as much of the ship as possible. If you're fairly local, offer to volunteer. The folks you'll work with are great and there's plenty to be done for all levels of expertise.


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Picture of USS Salem found on Fore River Paranormal Website (http://foreriverparanormal.com/About.html)

Yes, yes, yes that place Ghost Hunters did in Massachusetts. Though I have not yet investigated this Battleship,I decided to do some research early for this one it is a battleship after all! You can do an overnight at this location though, you do have to pay ($$$$) since it is a Museum and is open to the public!

Salem was laid down on 4 July 1945 by the Bethlehem Steel Co.’s Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Mass. launched on 25 March 1947 sponsored by Miss Mary G. Coffey and commissioned on 14 May 1949, Captain J. C. Daniel in command. Her main battery held the world’s first automatic 8″ guns and were the first to use cased ammunition instead of shell and bag loading.

After a visit to Salem, Mass., on 4 July 1949, Salem underwent three months of shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, between July and October 1949, followed by post-shakedown repairs at the Boston Navy Yard. She then made two cruises to Guantanamo in November and December 1949, and participated in maneuvers with the Atlantic Fleet in early 1950.” (Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Salem_(CA-139, 2012)

A crew member named William Shak dedicated a website in honor of the USS Salem. On the site he indicated that the USS Salem was unofficially nicknamed “The Sea Witch”and its official nickname was “Pride of the Sixth Fleet.” William Shak indicates, on his website, that “this was my only duty station in my 3 years and 5 months in the US Navy ( I was a ‘Kiddie Cruiser’ enlist at age 17, discharge before 21st birthday).” (William Shak, USS Salem CA-139, http://www.willshak.com/salem/index.html, 2012).

The demographics for the ship are as follows (according to Navysite.ed):

Awarded: June 14, 1943
Keel laid: July 4, 1945
Launched: March 25, 1947
Commissioned: May 14, 1949
Decommissioned: January 30, 1959
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Mass.
Propulsion system: geared turbines 120,000 shaft horsepower
Propellers: four
Length: 716.5 feet (218.4 meters)
Beam: 75.5 feet (23 meters)
Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 20,450 tons full load
Speed: 33 knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: nine 8-inch (20.3cm)/55 caliber guns from three triple mounts, twelve 5-inch (12.7cm)/38 caliber guns from six twin mounts, 24 3-inch (7.6cm)/50 caliber guns
Crew: 60 officers and 1240 enlisted

This website also offers a list of crewman, but it is based on who adds themselves or others to the list so it is not a completed list. There are several names listed and it is interesting to see what the people did on the ship and when they where on it. If you LOVE history (as much as I do) its fun to read/investigate.

In doing my favorite ‘google’ searches I discovered that “The USS Salem CA-139 has been coined The Haunted Ship after its share of deaths aboard the ship. For instance, during the 1953 Ionian Earthquake the USS Salem CA-139 served as a hospital ship. As a result, it has been reputed to have ghost haunting.” (Planetware, Haunted Sites In North America, http://www.planetware.com/haunted-sites-in-north-america.htm, 2012). The freezers in the mess area where used as makeshift morgue for the 400 (estimated) people who died during the earthquake 23 babies were birthed on the Salem during this time. Because of this it is believed that the 3rd Mess Hall where the freezer were used for morgue is considered one of the ‘hot spots’ on the ship (information provided by phone interview with one of the security personnel/RTS Paranormal).

During this interview other experiences were noted, they go as follows: (I would like to note that many locations are blocked from public access for safety purposes so if you do visit the ship please DO NOT TRESPASS in the areas indicated off-limits)

  • 3rd Mess Hall – Hearing voices and feelings of being pushed into freezers. Sounds of medical carts.
  • 3rd Mess Hall – Sleeping quarters a young boy has been sighted.
  • 2nd Mess Hall – was used as the burn victims quarters a face has been seen with burns –> turns into a doppelganger.
  • 2nd Mess Hall – Shadow Person seen here and in the Ward Room.
  • Captain and Admirals Quarters – Possible residual presence of walking up the stairs between 3pm – 6pm. Also, when provoked, the feeling of pressure while sitting in the chairs.
  • The Ward Room – People being touched. SPI paranormal team claims to have gotten an EVP saying “um hum um hum.”
  • Naval Dentist Office – Drills are heard. The Name ‘John’ has come up on EVP during SPI’s Investigation.
  • The hallways – Foot steps have been heard throughout the ship, a dog barking (but never found) has been heard. People walking around in navy blue, possibly denim, clothing started to be reported once the #2 Gun Turrets were restored.
  • Flag Bridge – Naval officer seen. Figure in white seen from parking lot of ship.
  • CPO – Figures of officer seen.
  • Galley – sound of clanking dishes moving.

In addition to the listed experiences the USS Salem has also had a lot of experiences occurring with in the Museum level. This Museum is home to artifacts and history of various Naval ship – including the USS Salem’s sister ships the USS Newport News and The USS Des Moines. Some of the experiences that were presented to us during the interview was: the capture of a class A EVP from RTS Paranormal – On it they name of Stanley G. Pilot was mentioned, this individual was a crew member killed while stationed on the USS Newport News.

In 2008 the group Mass Paranormal investigated the cold-war era USS Salem with special guest from Ghost Hunters International. An article in the Metro West Daily News quoted Tom Ventosi as saying “The first 30 seconds on the recorder we heard a woman telling us to ‘get out’ three times.”(Metro West Daily News, http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/archive/x1246329838/Is-the-USS-Salem-haunted#ixzz1zC6uiF4MP, 8-12-08). After doing some more research i discovered the follow information:

“Personal accounts describe a helpful gentleman who gives visitors guided tours and then vanishes. This apparition began appearing five years ago-showing off the ship, answering tourists’ questions and retelling various stories of the Salem’s history. Different visitors to the Salem have said he is kind and helpful, but always vanishes when they depart the ship.

Another apparition people claimed to have seen was that of a headless man in the anchor room area. This wandering soul (we were told) met his demise when the ship’s anchor was lowered and he was inadvertently decapitated. Another apparition, witnessed in the engine room, is that of a restoration volunteer who suffered a stroke and died on board. Then there are also claims of disembodied voices heard in the mess hall, ship’s OR, and the enlisted sailors’ bunk area.” (N.E.S.S.S, Investigation Report USS Salem,http://nespectralscience.com/2008/09/17/investigation-report-the-uss-salem/ 9/17/08).

After doing more research I discovered that the ‘helpful gentleman’

“… in the anchor room where… John’s spirit reportedly still lives on in this room… Ghost Hunters Jason and Grant conduct an EVP session in the area and quickly find out that they are not alone. The two hunters hear footsteps and faint voices around them. So it seems that Johnóor another entity has claimed the anchor room as their space. ” (SYFY, Ghost Hunters, http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/episodes/season/s05/episode/e516/glimmer_men, 2012).

Ironically, before I discovered that quote I found out that one of the Captains on the vessel happened to have been named John! I found this on a plaque that was placed on a wall once you board the vessel the plaque is located on the left hand side of the first door you see when you walk up the plank. It indicated that his name was Capt. John C. Daniels, after searching in google I believe his full name is John Chesire Daniels. I will, totally, have to research more into this!

In attempting to find the obituary online I came across several gentlemen who served on the vessel and have recently passed on. Though I was unable to find any vital records of anyone dying on the ship, it is still interesting and helpful to the investigation. The names of the individual are as follows (all obituaries are link to the names of the individuals to honor their heroic services to our country):

    : 5/28/35 – 6/11/12 : 5/8/30 – 2/2/12 : 2/28/34 – 10/7/08 : not listed to 4/2/10 : 9/27/38 to 8/9/10 : 8/6/29 to 8/10/63 (passed away when the US Submarine Thresher sank)

There were a ton more that I found in my google search, but I decided to cut the list short, for now, and add to it later on after the investigation. Needless to say we have a plethora if information to assist us on this investigation!


Fue puesto en grada el 4 de julio de 1945 por los astilleros Bethlehem Steel Co.'s Fore River Shipyard, de Quincy (Massachusetts), botado el 25 de marzo de 1947 amadrinado por la señorita Mary G. Coffey y asignado el 14 de mayo de 1949, bajo el mando del capitán J. C. Daniel. Su batería principal, fue la primera de 203 mm automática en usar munición en lugar de proyectil y bolsas de propelente.

Tras visitar Salem (Massachusetts) el 4 de julio de 1949, El Salem pasó los 3 meses siguientes realizando sus pruebas de mar en aguas de la bahía de Guantánamo, Cuba, entre julio y octubre de 1949, seguido de unas reparaciones posteriores en el astillero naval de Boston. Posteriormente, realizó dos travesías hasta Guantanamo en noviembre y diciembre de 1949, y participó en maniobras con la flota del Atlántico a comienzos de 1950.

El USS Salem partió de la costa este el 3 de mayo de 1950 y el 17 de mayo, relevó al USS Newport News como buque insignia de la Sexta flota en el Mediterráneo. Durante el que fue el primero de sus siete despliegues como insignia de la flota del mediterráneo, El USS Salem visitó puestos de Malta, Italia, Francia, Grecia, Turquía, Líbano, y Argelia, y participó en ejercicios de entrenamiento. El 22 de septiembre, fue relevado por el Newport News y retornó a los Estados Unidos.

Tras tres semanas en Boston, el USS Salem se unió a la Flota del Atlántico para realizar unas maniobras el 3 de enero, navegó durante 6 semanas en unos entrenamientos intensivos de tiro en Guantanamo. Completó su entrenamiento en Bermuda y el 20 de marzo, puso rumbo al Mediterráneo para relevar al Newport News como insignia de la sexta flota. El 19 de septiembre, fue relevado por el Des Moines y retornó a los Estados Unidos durante cuatro meses para realizar tareas de mantenimiento en Boston.

El USS Salem zarpó el 1 de febrero de 1952 para realizar un entrenamiento tras el periodo de inactividad en Guantanamo tras lo cual, retornó a Boston el 29 de marzo para realizar reparaciones menores. El 19 de abril, zarpó para dar relevo en el Mediterráneo como insignia de la sexta flota al Newport News en Argel el 28 de abril. Junto a los ejercicios normales, el USS Salem participó en el ejercicio Beehive II, en el que participaron unidades de las Armadas de Estados Unidos, Reino Unido, Italia, Francia, y Grecia. Fue relevado de nuevo por el Des Moines el 29 de septiembre y arribó a Boston el 9 de octubre.

Tras cuatro meses operando localmente, el USS Salem puso rumbo a Guantanamo el 24 de enero de 1953 para entrenamientos. Retornó a Boston el 27 de febrero, Puso rumbo al Mediterráneo el 17 de abril donde nuevamente, relevó al Newport News como buque insignia. Su cuarto despiegue, estuvo marcado por el ejercicio Weldfest y por su despliegue en ayuda humanitaria tras el terremoto que devastó las islas Jónicas. El USS Salem fue el primer buque estadounidense en llegar al lugar, proporcionó suministros y asistencia desde el 13 de agosto, hasta agotar sus suministros cuatro días después. Fue relevado por el Des Moines como buque insignia el 9 de octubre, y retornó a Boston el 24 de octubre para entrar posteriormtne en astilleros para realizar tareas de mantenimiento.

El 6 de febrero de 1954, el USS Salem navegó de nuevo hasta Guantanamo y retornó el 7 de abril tras realizar un entrenamiento de puesta a punto. Zarpó de Bostón el 30 de abril y arribó al Mediterráneo el 12 de mayo, para asumir de nuevo el rol de buque insignia de la sexta flota, relevando al Des Moines en Lisboa el 22 de septiembre, retornó a Boston el 29 de septiembre. En octubre y noviembre de 1954, participó en unas maniobras con la flota del Atlántico.

Entre le 19 de enero y el 22 de febrero de 1955, el USS Salem realizó su crucero anual de entrenamiento a la bahía de Guantanamo. Tras dos semanas como crucero de entrenamiento en reserva, zarpó con rumbo al Mediterráneo el 2 de mayo y dio relevo al Newport News el 19 de mayo. Durante el que fue su sexto despliegue como insignia de la sexta flota, participó en ejercicios de la OTAN, y en un ejercicio naval franco-estadounidense con el secretario de la Armada Thomas S. Gates embarcado como observador. El USS Salem partió de Barcelona el 23 de septiembre y arribó a Boston el 2 de octubre de 1955 para un periodo de cuatro meses de tareas de mantenimiento.

El crucero, zarpó de Boston el 16 de febrero de 1956 para realizar un entrenamiento en Guantanamo como preparación para un crucero de 20 meses como buque insignia del comandante de la sexta flota, con base en el puerto de Villefranche-sur-Mer. Retornó a Bostón el 5 de abril y zarpó para el Mediterráneo el 1 de mayo. Mientras estaba navegando, se inició la Crisis de Suez, por lo cual, puso rumbo a Rodas en el Mediterráneo donde se unió a la flota el 14 de mayo para asumir sus tareas como buque insignia. Se mantuvo en el Mediterráneo oriental hasta mediados de junio, y retornó el 30 de octubre, cuando cesaron las hostilidades. Entre abril y agosto de 1957, con su presencia en el Mediterráneo oriental, mostró el apoyo del gobierno de los Estados Unidos al gobierno de Jordania, amenazado por actos subversivos. El crucero, dejó el Mediterráneo el 26 de junio de 1958, y arribó a la estación naval de Norfolk (Virginia) el 4 de julio.

El USS Salem también fue utilizado para representar al acorazado de bolsillo alemán Admiral Graf Spee en la película de 1956 La batalla del Río de la Plata, aunque el buque alemán, tenía una sola torre triple a proa, mientras que el Salem tenía a proa dos torres triples. El número de casco del Salem, el 139, es claramente visible en algunas imagines del Salem. En la película, esto fue explicado con el hecho histórico del intento de camuflaje del "Graf Spee" para representar buques de armadas extranjeras.

Se programó la desactivación del USS Salem tras su retorno del Mediterráneo, pero la petición de ayuda del Líbano el 15 de agosto de 1958 para evitar un golpe de estado, aplazó brevemente la retirada del crucero. El Salem relevó al USS Northampton (CLC-1) el 11 de agosto como buque insignia de la segunda flota de los Estados Unidos y el 2 de septiembre, partió de Norfolk, visitó la Bahía Augusta y Barcelona durante un crucero de diez días en el Mediterráneo, y retornó a Norfolk el 30 de septiembre. Entró en el astillero naval de Norfolk el 7 de octubre para su desactivación, desembarcó el mando de la segunda flota el 25 de octubre, y fue dado de baja el 30 de enero de 1959, quedando asignado a la flota de reserva en Filadelfia.

En octubre de 1994, el Salem retornó a su lugar de nacimiento en Quincy (Massachusetts), para convertirse en buque museo como parte del Museo Naval de los Estados Unidos. El USS Salem también alberga el museo del USS Newport News, el US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association Museum, y la sala de exhibiciones US Navy Seals. Se pretendió que el buque, apareciera como embrujado en una película de Los Cazafantasmas. [ 1 ] ​ [ 2 ] ​


USS Salem CA 139 - History

1954 Mediterranean Cruise Book

Jan 1 - Oct 1

A great part of Naval history.

You would be purchasing the USS Salem CA 139 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Ports of Call: Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Port-Au-Prince, New York City, Boston,Tangier, Algiers, Gibraltar, Malta, Villefranche, Toulan, Naples, Barcelona, Athens and Istanbul.
  • Divisional Crew Photos
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Crew Roster (Name, Rank and Hometown) by Division
  • Many Crew Activity Photos
  • Plus Much More

Over 442 Photos on Approximately 121 Pages.

Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Heavy Cruiser during this time period.

Additional Bonus:

  • Several Additional Images of the USS Salem CA 139 (National Archives)
  • 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
  • Other Interesting Items Include:
    • The Oath of Enlistment
    • The Sailors Creed
    • Core Values of the United States Navy
    • Military Code of Conduct
    • Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
    • Examples: Scuttlebutt, Chewing the Fat, Devil to Pay,
    • Hunky-Dory and many more.

    Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation


    Watch the video: Inside the History: Aircraft Hangar on Heavy Cruiser USS Salem CA-139 (June 2022).


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