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“USS Edson DD-946 Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer”

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Bay City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.
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“USS Edson DD-946 Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

After many years of trying to get the ship, and get it settled in its permanent location in Bay City this is an amazing specimen of this class destroyer. There is so much planned to be done to get her in good order, but just seeing her and boarding for a great tour was an outstanding honor! This ship served extensively off Viet Nam with unbelievable firepower. Three 5" guns each firing 40 rounds per minute. "Three guns No waiting" used as their logo, called "The Grey Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast". The complement included 17 Officers and 218 men. She could cruise at 38 knots per hour (That's fast). I took nearly 100 pictures! Adults $10, well worth it. They hold all kinds of events on board, well worth the visit!

Visited June 2013
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Bay City, Michigan
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“Now in permanent location”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The ship was moved last month to its permanent location, on the north bank of the river by Independence Bridge. More of the ship is open now. I even got a private tour by the committee Chairman.

They hold ceremonies on the ship now also.

Visited May 2013
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Bay City, Michigan
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“Temporary location”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The ship is now in town, but is in a temporary location at Wirt Stone Docks in Essexville.

The upper decks are open for visitors. The ship needs some work to get rid of the rust, but is worth seeing. They have people there who can tell you the history of the ship and some 'war stories'.

You have to be able to climb ladders and gangways, so it is not wheelchair friendly. But this is a former naval destroyer; it was not built that way.

Visited October 2012
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