When the kids and I went to the beach, one of the things we did was tour this battleship which I love. I enjoy reading the memories the men who served on this ship wrote. They didn't have room on deck for a plane to take off, so they used to catapult planes into the air and the planes would land in the water on pontoons and a crane would pick the plane out of the sea and put it back on deck. We got to climb into the big guns and look through the scope and see the engine room...I can't believe someone designed all those pipes and valves and switches and that people knew how to operate this thing. It is rumored that if you didn't pay the barber a few dollars for your "free" haircut, you got a bad haircut. I never realized a flag ship is simply a ship carrying an admiral (who is able to fly his own flag on any ship he boards). We were able to check out all the living quarters...it's amazing how the quality of life improves as you go up in rank. The lower ranks slept like sardines in a small can. I can't believe how they were stacked in there. They had no airconditioning and not even enough room to sit up in their bed. These guys were innovative and what they lacked in privacy they made up for in character. One of the things the sailors used to do to get a few days off from their duties and sleep in an air conditioned room on a fluffy bunk with all the food they could want -they would have elective surgury. Their favorite elective surgury was circumcision but the military soon put a stop to that. They decided the tissue that was removed during circumcision was perfect for making new eyelids in the event a sailors eyelids were burned off in an explosion and would no longer allow circumcision on board. ...anyway, that was a lot of fun. Go see this battleship if you're ever nearby.