Unity Scouts tour battleship

Posted July 05, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — Twenty-two Scouts from Unity Pack 233 and their families filled a bus to make the trip from Maine to Falls River, Mass., to sleep aboard the USS Massachusetts battleship in Battleship Cove on June 18. Battleship Cove is the world’s largest naval ship museum featuring the USS Massachusetts, submarine Lionfish, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., PT boats and other exhibits.

Scouts and their families enjoyed a full course meal served in the officers’ wardrobe room. They explored the ships, exhibits, visited veterans, watched history movies and a WWII re-enactment, took part in knot-tying and slept on real canvas bunks. They climbed the massive mounted guns on deck. Every boy’s face lit up with excitement while working the hand cranks to steer the direction of the mounted guns.

Scouts got a reveille wake-up call on June 19 to begin the day with breakfast. Overlooking Battleship Cove is a large carousel which some of the boys got the chance to ride after visiting the gift shop.

Organizers said the community, volunteers, friends and family helped raise money  for the trip, including a 1950s-era sock hop and dinner, a pancake breakfast, bake sales and a pizza dinner.