Tour the Battleship USS Missouri in Pearl Harbour Hawaii
For those of you traveling to Oahu, Hawaii and love history, then you simply must take the USS Battleship Missouri Tour in Pearl Harbor. The Missouri, along with the Pearl Harbor Memorial, are certainly worth the visit and are major attractions on the island of Oahu.
Many years ago, when visiting Mobile Alabama, we had the opportunity to tour the USS Alabama BB-60 at Battleship Memorial Park, so arriving in Hawaii I couldn’t wait to visit the Missouri along with the Memorial. My father is a WWII veteran having served in the Canadian Navy and taking part in the Normandy invasion, so touring historic ships from that era has always been a favorite of mine.
Tours – Battleship Missouri Memorial
When you think back to when this ship was built, the size is simply amazing! 900 feet in length and weighing over 50,000 tons, it’s no wonder it received the nickname of “Mighty Mo.” During the Second World War the ship had an average crew size of 2700 including officers and enlisted personnel. That’s a city in itself.
The USS Missouri was launched on January 29, 1944 and is the last battleship ever built.
Stepping on board this colossal ship and having a guided tour really does take you back in time, especially on this historically significant battleship. A well informed and friendly tour guide host will lead you thru the halls of the ship literally taking you back in time, covering its impressive 50 year history.
When you walk beside its massive 16 inch, 50 caliber guns, the power and size will leave you awe struck!
With a projectile weighing close to 2700 pounds and a range of up to 22 miles, it’s hard to imagine such power 70 years ago!
Missouri Firing 50 Caliber Guns
A Look Inside the Missouri
Below is just a small sample of the many rooms and areas of the ship you will experience and see on your tour. There’s so much to see and everything is displayed beautifully! On my visit, complete top deck restorations were to begin to preserve this historic battleship for years to come!
USS Battleship Missouri Bridge
USS Missouri Protected Bridge and Helm
USS Missouri BB – 63 Lives in History
Of course the most memorable and historical moment on board this ship was the official surrender of the Japanese on September 02, 1945. General Douglas MacArthur present and accepting the surrender from the Japanese to officially end WWII.
USS Missouri Surrender Deck Plaque
For a complete history of the USS Missouri, I have added the official Wikipedia website page below for your convenience. Definitely worth the read!
Backward Flag Displayed Onboard Missouri
On July 14, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy stepped onto the shores of Tokyo Bay with the American flag proudly displayed. He requested a treaty to end nearly two hundred years of Japanese isolation, but amounted to the introduction of Japan to the civilized world and power, resulting in war.
During the surrender almost 90 years after Perry’s visit, the 31-star flag was present for symbolic display during the surrender of Japan on deck of the Missouri.
Above, is a replica of Perry’s US flag displayed onboard today.
A Look Below Deck On The USS Battleship Missouri Tour BB – 63
Battleship Missouri Library
Missouri’s Main Mess Hall or Cafeteria
Battleship Missouri Officers Quarters
Ships Dental Clinic for Crew
Tours – Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor
The Pearl Harbor Memorial Monument
The photo above shows the Pearl Harbor Memorial just in front of the Missouri. This is the Memorial that rests on top of the hull of the sunken battleship USS Arizona on that fateful day December 07, 1941. 1102 Sailors and Marines lost their lives on the Arizona on that day. The Memorial is a tribute to those who perished.
Tours run daily during the daytime and if you plan on visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial, advance ticket purchases are highly recommended. Lines can be very long! There are a variety of different tour packages available depending on your time and desires.
From a 35 minute guided tour, 75 to 90 more complex tour, to a combination package which may include the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, the Pearl Harbor Memorial and Museum, as well as the Pacific Aviation Museum. All attractions are definitely worth the visit together or individually. There’s so much to see and do in Oahu, Hawaii, making it a perfect holiday detination!
For more detailed information, tickets and pricing, I have added the official Battleship Missouri Memorial website link for your convenience.
I hope you enjoyed my personal photos taken while on my tour and I dedicate this post to all the Veterans of the Armed Services, both present and past, who dedicated their lives to protect their country in which they live or lived.
Have you enjoyed a tour of the USS Missouri and the Pearl Harbor Memorial?
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