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“Floating Museums”

Historic Ships in Baltimore
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Owner description: Historic Ships in Baltimore is home port to USS Constellation, the last all-sail warship built by the US Navy, the submarine USS Torsk which sank the last two enemy combatants of WWII, USGC Cutter Taney, the last surviving vessel to witness the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, which marked the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. The museum is open daily from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at our ticket locations on Pier 1, Pier 3 or on board the USCGC Taney.
Reviewed April 21, 2013

The historic ships include a Coast Guard Cutter, WWII Submarine, a ship that serviced lighthouses and the USS Constellation sloop-of-war. One can purchase admission to one, two or all four ships. For the price difference, we decided that we would see all four. We enjoyed taking our time seeing all four ships as we walked the inner harbor but if one is short on time or does not want to spend the money to see all four (it can get expensive for a family) our favorites that we would recommend are the USS Constellation followed by the submarine. There is also a very nice screw pile lighthouse, now on dry land, which is free to all visitors to enter and look around.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I decided to visit the USS Constellation at the last minute and was glad that I did. I only had time for a visit to this ship, so do not know anything about the others that comprise the historic ships. I received a discount for being in the military, which was a bonus. The ticket was valid for two days, so it makes it convenient for those who have time to spread the visit over the extra time.

The ship is next to one of the water taxi stops and adjacent to the aquarium. You first enter a small museum where you can pick up an audio system that is included in the entrance price. I found the system not of much use, so wouldn't go out of your way to get one. The device offers a selection for both adults and children. The adult version was too childish for my liking and felt like I was being talked down to.

The ship has several decks in which you get to visit, all the way to the bowels of the ship itself. The top deck offers the visitor to see the tall masts, bells and other interesting sites such as the ship's head. The ship's head was actually an area off of the front of the ship that the sailors' used to go to the bathroom. Each of the floors provided details on how the ship's crews operated the vessel and its intended purpose. It is not often you get an opportunity to see a slave ship hunter and learn about that time of the Country's history.

When visiting the USS Constellation, make sure to watch your step. There are several narrow staircases and rooms. You also get a feel how sailors back then lived. The ship itself was used for various purposes through the US Civil War and WWII in different roles. The USS Constellation is definitely worth visiting.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

My fiance, Kari, and I enjoyed seeing the boats, especially the Constellation. While climbing around was difficult, and some areas were closed due to rennovations, we both found the experience to be worth the investment. Remember, there is NO handicapped access. Bring a AAA card for the best value.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We definitely enjoyed this tour. There are so many personal stories of the people who served on this ship and the restorations are incredible!

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We toured the old pirate ship which was actually a US naval ship in the 1800's as well as the WWII submarine. Great history trip.

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