USS Cassin Young
USS Cassin Young
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The area
Neighbourhood: Charlestown
Charlestown’s hilly roads, narrow streets and gaslight lamps, make it an enticing neighborhood to visit. Follow the Freedom Trail over the Washington St bridge from the North End or take the scenic water locks to Paul Revere Park. Walk through City Square and stroll down cute Main street, wandering up the windy residential streets to Monument Square, where you can learn about the city’s history along with a great view of Boston at the Bunker Hill Monument. While it’s not a huge area, there are some excellent restaurants. Find your way to the Charlestown Navy Yard, which is a developing area with lots of condos and an additional site for Massachusetts General Hospital research centers. Here you will also find the USS Constitution Museum. After you’re done, hop on an MBTA ferry at the dock on Baxter street and zip on over to Long Wharf and the New England Aquarium.
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  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to see how life could have been on such a ship
    We visited this ship after the US Constitution. It was even more interesting than the other ship and gave a good view on how life on board was. They organized a small guided freetour, just when we were there, so we participated. The guide was maybe a bit to full about military history, but the explanation was good and the tour was free, so we did not care.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Brooke In The Air
    Cleveland, Ohio106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Living Piece of US Naval Glory
    Excellent exploration of a warship that fought in late WWII, especially the Battle of Okinawa. She's one of only 4 surviving Fletcher class destroyers still around. She's amazing to experience and take in her history.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 May 2024
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,097 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overshadowed navy yard ship
    The USS Constitution is the star of the Charlestown Navy Yard, but the WWII destroyer Cassin Young is decorated in its own right and is worth visiting here if you have time. It’s not the best retired ship to visit. Many parts are not accessible and there are few explanatory signs. But you get a good understanding of what this ship did and how much different service on it was compared to larger warships. Free, quick to visit and just steps from the Constitution, so why not?
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2024
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1,738 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We always enjoy visiting WWII vessels, this one is limited to just the main deck, which was disappointing compared to other museums. You are greeted on board by a Ranger and you can check out the galley, look inside a turret, visit the Combat information Center and make your way to the fantail.

There are some nice signs to tell you about the ship, but there is so much history here that you can miss. USS Cassin Young was struck by two Kamakazi planes, one a wooden biplane, but there is nothing on the ship marking this or telling the story. Many of her sailors were killed and the sacrifice of those who served to protect other sailors and Marines is lost.

All the weapon systems are in excellent condition, our son (history buff) enjoyed getting to touch the 20 mm and the teardrop depth charges on the fan tail. No access to the upper deck or bridge which rounds out the tour of most ships. We did not see an opportunity for a below deck tour to the engine room of damage control stations which are guide led and give you the insight in what it took to live, fight and travel aboard a small ship in a vast Pacific ocean.

Seems like there is more to help current generations understand the sacrifice made by previous generations.
Written 22 August 2022
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland5,110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The ship is free to visit so the price is right. I enjoyed walking onto a WW-II ship to get a feel for it was like. The self-guided tour takes one around the main deck only. Being retired Navy, I would have like to go below decks. It’s worth a short visit while visiting the USS Constitution.
Written 7 May 2023
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Michael m
Verona, NJ120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The US destroyer Cassin built in 1943 was a great site to see all the guns and artillery onboard. We parked 10 minutes away and no entrance fee was great. The ship has history for the Pearl Harbor war with Japan
Written 11 September 2020
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Lee L
Valhalla, NY2,143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The USS Cassin Young is a Fletcher Class Destroyer from the Second World War. It is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard not that far from the USS Constitution. It is a self-guided tour but very interesting to walk up on deck and wander around to see what living and serving on this "tin can" was like.
Written 17 December 2022
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Raf Roggeman
Asse, Belgium101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We visited this ship after the US Constitution. It was even more interesting than the other ship and gave a good view on how life on board was.
They organized a small guided freetour, just when we were there, so we participated. The guide was maybe a bit to full about military history, but the explanation was good and the tour was free, so we did not care.
Written 23 September 2023
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Seems to be an afterthought in the Constitution and museum complex. Descriptive signs onboard are minimal and many areas of the ship are off limits. Very little help from docents/personnel onboard. Maybe 30 minutes if you dawdle. Spend the time viewing the historic Constitution and museum, then this only if you have extra time.
Written 8 August 2023
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Superhero Family
Chesapeake, VA472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Came here with the family after visiting the Constitution. It is a nice little walk around but due to COVID restrictions you are only allowed to walk the main deck. There are doors open to see inside the guns and some of the spaces on the main deck but you aren’t able to see a whole lot. The ship is very well taken care of and would be an even more enjoyable tour when you are able to see more of this Tin Can.
Written 3 July 2021
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HappyFamily43082
Westerville, OH370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The first time we tried to visit, it was closed due to heat. The second time, it was open. It was worth returning. Due to COVID, we could only visit the top deck.
If coming from the Aquarium area, the ferry is a nice alternative to a bus or train.
Written 18 August 2021
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Brooke In The Air
Cleveland, OH106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Excellent exploration of a warship that fought in late WWII, especially the Battle of Okinawa. She's one of only 4 surviving Fletcher class destroyers still around. She's amazing to experience and take in her history.
Written 25 May 2024
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Dawn H
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It was easily accessible, roomy enough to walk around, and really neat to see... Look up and tee the turrets and the size of them! They have most of the ship open for viewing...including torpedo room,radio room..sick bay and mess hall/kitchen area. Tours are wondefrul as they explain the crew, destinations, and history
Written 26 October 2019
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