This visit was not originally planned but on the last night of our holiday I noticed the museum ship mentioned on a map and as it was more or less en route to San Francisco airport we were able to squeeze in a visit on the way home. After getting confused with the sat-nav we only had around 2 1/2 hours aboard but you could easily spend much longer.

The previous ship of the same name was sunk in 1942 and this vessel was launched in 1943 and went on to serve in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and was the pick up carrier for Apollo 11 and 12. My first aircraft carrier visit!