Christmas feast of 1943 recreated on battleship

December 4, 2013 by  

The Battleship Massachusetts, located in Fall River, will be hosting a special Christmas feast this weekend to commemorate the dinner the Navy sailors had on board the ship 70 years ago during World War II. Most likely flyer printing is being used to announce this event, as it is open to the public, with the price of the ticket including admission to all of the ships and exhibits in Battleship Cove.

The menu will be exactly the same as it was in 1943 without the after-dinner cigarettes. The dinner was a first course of saltines, soup, sweet pickles and green stuffed olives; the entrée was a turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed regular and Irish potatoes, and asparagus; and the dinner ended with oranges, apples, candy, and nuts.

In 1943, during Christmas, the USS Massachusetts was anchored in Havannah Harbor on an island between Australia and Fiji. According to the ship’s log, repairs were being done on the ship, while officials were also drilling personnel and conducting training exercises in order to prepare for battle.

According to Battleship Cove group sales manager/executive assistant, Paula Roy, every month there is a themed event and the idea to do a Christmas feast came about because the menu from the time was in the archives. During the dinner, the battleship will be decorated for the holidays and there will be living history re-enactors of World War II. Devon Williams, fresh from being named Miss Fall River 2014, will be singing songs from the era.

The feast will take place this Sunday, December 8.