Our Tour of the Battleship Memorial Park
in Mobile, Alabama
Battleship USS Alabama
The ship was commissioned 16 August 1942, and is 680 feet in length, with a beam (width) of 108 feet 2 inches. She is registered as 35,000 tons (70 million pounds), but under battle conditions, she weighed in at well over 45,000 tons (90 million pounds). Her assigned crew was 127 officers and 2,205 enlisted, but she normally had a crew of 2,500 men aboard. She earned 9 Battle Stars, and shot down 22 enemy airplanes during World War II.
Side view USS Alabama
Mommy, D Man and Ducky about to board ship
Ducky manning one of the many 50 calibre guns.
Three of the nine large turrets
Large turret shell (D Man couldn't believe it was bigger than him)
Daddy, D Man and Ducky firing more 50 caliber guns.
Map of the USS Alabama's service
Ducky on one of the bigger guns
Informational plaques on board
D Man in front of the big guns
Captain D Man
D Man checking out the living conditions for the crew
D Man and Ducky preparing to fire the big guns
D Man climbing to the upper decks
D Man just couldn't resist a hand stand on deck
D Man and Ducky trying to pull up the anchor
Six big guns at the front of the ship
D Man on his hands again at the front of the ship
Side cutaway of the interior of the USS Alabama
Another side view
D Man in front of one of the helicopters on display
D Man with a replica of the H.L. Hunley (a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War, but a large role in the history of naval warfare).
Submarine USS Drum
She was commissioned 1 November 1941. The ship is 311 feet 8 inches long with a beam (width) of 27 feet 4 inches and displaced 1,526 tons. Her crew was 7 officers and 65 enlisted men. She earned 12 Battle Stars during World War II. She was dedicated to the park on July 4, 1969.
D Man and Ducky on the back of the sub
The USS Drum's kill record
Mommy, Ducky and D Man walking through the sub
Ducky steering one of the rudders
D Man and Mommy in the engine room
Looking toward the front of the USS Drum
Model of the USS Drum
Sailor D Man
F-4 used at the entance of the park