: These old vessels with all the plastic panels
: so you can't touch anything. I know why they
: do it, and I understand it. But I remember
: as a kid going to see these old ships and
: being able to climb all over them. Nothing
: can thrill a ten year old more than looking
: through a periscope, or climbing into a gun
: turret. Bygone times. Guess Iím just old
: anymore, lol! Great pics by the way, and a
: big thanks to you Lars for all the great
: pics I see you post!
Unfortunately, any parts that could be pulled off, broken off, or unscrewed would all eventually disappear unless you had 24 by 7 security in every single space.
In other spaces, the knobs and switches actually still function and can cause problems if played with. So that is why the entire electrical section of the open engine room on the USS Salem is closed off with expanded steel grating, with a locked door for electrician access.
In the early days of the USS Salem being open, we discovered brass plaques (which there are thousands of on board) were starting to disappear. So in all the publicly accessible areas, somebody used a motor-tool with a burr attachment to remove at least one screw slot per plaque. Less incentive for 'souvenir hunters' if you have to damage the item to remove it.
Volunteer, USS Salem (CA 139)
United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Home of Ghost Ship Harbor