The battleship (also known as “The Big Stick”) was built in the Brooklyn Naval Yards in Brooklyn, NY, and launched on August 27, 1942.
She was commissioned on February 22, 1943, and immediately went to aid the war in the Atlantic.
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And sometimes died.
It is also the space where they lived.
To visit a battleship museum is to be invited into a sailor’s home – his home beyond the Golden Gate, as it were.
Simply to stand in a crew’s washroom and reflect on the process of showering is to appreciate the effects of war on the most mundane aspects of life.