Details for Battleship Cove Transient Moorings

Battleship Cove Transient Moorings

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 15 reviews

Address Battleship Cove
Fall River, MA 02722


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - YES
Other info: Battleship Cove has transient moorings operated by the City of Fall River Harbormaster.

VHF channel

Fall River Harbormaster is on VHF 16.


Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Fall RIver


Bob Smith


Asst. Harbormasters: Paul Borges, Michael Lamarine, Mark de Marco,

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

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Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

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Other price info: They do not have slips. Moorings only. They do have local marinas that offer slips. Call for more information.


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Other price info: $35 per night.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Cable TV (and pricing)

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Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access


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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump-outs are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Must request through the website:











Hotels or motels

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Reviews for Battleship Cove Transient Moorings
Unique place, 2017-08-25
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1244)

If you are a naval history buff, this is a must see exhibit. The land based museum has lots of very interesting memorabelia and walking through the war ships is not to be missed. Well protected mooring basin. Harbor Master's office did not answer VHF but did answer phone.

Noisy, not much in walking distance, but we loved it!, 2017-08-14
Captain: , Annapolis (560)

Can't every remember sharing an anchorage for four battleships. This is a cool place. Stayed three days. Very calm anchorage. Great place for kids with the battleships and the carousel. This is part of Fall River Heritage Park.

Liked this place, 2017-08-08
Captain: , Warwick, RI (20)

Well protected. the bridge noise is there but at night it seemed more like "white noise" and did not bother us at all. Loved touring the ships. Just south under the bridge is the Narrows Art center with live music and BYOB. Very nice place. the walk to the cove restaurant was 10 minutes and the food was good and reasonable. We will be back to this spot.

Fun to Tie-Up Next to the Battleships, 2017-07-30
Captain: , Newport Beach (80)

We have two kids and we thought it would be fun to moor by the Battleships. We made our reservation through Dockwa and then I called the harbormaster the day of and he was really helpful. We came in on a 52' catamaran with a 29' beam which is large for the mooring field. However, he put us up front in "A" and said that he woudn't let anyone take "B" (next to us). Good thing, because at one point we were right next to the ball. The wind came from the NNE that evening blowing at 20 knots but the mooring ball held exceptionally well. In the morning we toured the museum and the ships. There is so much more there than we thought we highly recommend that you take a tour of the museum. There is also a classic carousel housed in its own building which is a real treat! Looking forward to another visit some day as there is still much to see. Oh, the only bummer is you're right next to a reasonably busy bridge so there is some noise but it did not bother us at all.

Battleship Cove 9/16, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Wickford, RI (35)

Very interesting and educational spot with fantastic protection from the weather.
Harbormaster turned us on to a super restaurant within walking distance. Only negative was the constant noise from the Braga Bridge.

Battle ship cove, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Bluehill, ME (10)

Bob and Mike at the Harboaster's office couldn't have been more helpful. Enjoyed touring rhe various ships.

Highly Recommended Port, 2016-07-14
Captain: , Fall River (10)

I highly recommend a visit to Battleship Cove's Transient Moorings. The area has undergone a revitalization and keeps getting better every year. The harbormaster and his assistants go above and beyond in providing customer service to transients. They are easy to get a hold of, and highly accomodating. It is a pleasure in dealing with these folks. The mooring locations are inside scenic Battleship Cove and the sunset here can't be beat. There is easy access to the (Free) dinghy dock. There is also walking distance restaurants and a 1 mile boardwalk. I highly recommend a trip here! Bon Voyage!

LOVED this place!!!, 2016-07-07
Captain: , montauk ny (150)

Awesome setting amid the battleships. Bob the harbormaster could not be more accomodating. He along with the pump guy are a credit to the town in promoting the location. Beautiful promenade along the waterfront, cool carousel and a must visit to the battleships. Great protection from wind. Highly recommend a stop!

A great day, 2015-09-22
Captain: , Greenport, NY (437)

We parked at mooring B, way up inside the ships and near the carousel. We enjoyed the museum and hiked up the hill to the 7-eleven to top off our milk supply.

The harbor master could not have been more friendly or more helpful.

There is a tremendous amount of construction and repair going on with the highway bridge, ramps, and the river walk. All great improvements to enhance the appearance in the future. While the river walk right by the moorings is torn up, you can just walk behind the new park building to get back
to the portion that is still opem.

Because of all the construction work, the weekday noise is quite a bit but I expect the improvement will all be worth it going forward.

Great Place, 2015-08-18
Captain: , East Patchogue (57)

So I stayed two nights and loved it what a spot specially when they fire off the 5" guns wow.
So as the last review said light sleepers bring earplugs but well worth it. The river walk is all riped apart at this time and noisey during the week but it will be real nice when its finished. Battleship lite up at night red/ white & blue was fantastic you can spend almost all day touring everything . The Harbormaster was super nice and kept saying just call him with any questions which included some good info on local dining. This spot should not be missed and dinghy dock was available no problems at all.
Marina to the south has a bar Tippsy seagull a short dighy ride away gpo for their Nachos that won't dissapoint.

Great experience since moorings under control of Harbormaster's office, 2015-05-27
Captain: , Barrington, RI (183)

For the 2015 season, all moorings in Battleship Cove (including all transient mooring reservations) are under the control of the Fall River Harbormater's Office, which has begun a program of maintenance and replacement/upgrades to the mooring field in Battleship Cove.

After making prior arrangements via their website ( and receiving confirmation by email, we arrived on our Hunter 41DS the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 2015, found plenty of depth (never less than 8 ft) and took our designated ball, very close to the dingy dock, carosel, and big battleships. very cool spot! Mooring ball and tackle clean and in good order.

After a 1-minute ride to the dingy dock (easy access, no issues with locked doors, well lit and safe), we strolled the boardwalk area to a local restaurant, took some pictures, and enjoyed the scenery. We could have just as easily taken in some great music at, a BYOB/BYOF venue with a great music lineup, or walked a short distance further to one of Fall River's fantastic, authentic Portuguese restaurants ( or We'll do that next time!

Note that the waterfront boardwalk is under renovation in 2015 so some parts are blocked with EZ detours, but once finished in Fall 2015 will be spectacular. Also, you are in the city, so light sleepers might want ear plugs for the occaisional passing truck. Well worth it! Multiple marinas all within 2-4 miles, pumpout boat takes requests electronically, see harbormaster's web site for specific days and details.

And of course--it's Battleship Cove! See the old ships, sub, tour on your own or with a guide, they are truly impressive and fun for all ages.

For us, this is a new favorite. Hat's off to the Harbormaster's office for making ours a great start to the 2015 sailing season, and for turning what was for us a forgotten boating destination into a unique experience, unlike nothing you've seen before.

Battleship Cove New Moorings, 2015-05-16
Captain: , Fall RIver, MA (34)
1) Newly installed transient moorings.
2) New town dinghy dock (no charge)
3) Safe and protected environment
4) Many new restaurants within walking distance
5) Pumpout boat available at no charge
6) Carousel rides for kids
7) Largest collection of military vessels in the world.
8) Come spend the night in the new Battleship Cove.

"Watch your boat", 2013-05-30
Captain: , East Greenwich RI (40)

We stayed on one of the moorings for memorial day, which we had 'reserved' through the number on the museum web page. The mooring line was so full of growth that even with sailing gloves I ended up with several cuts on my fingers. And we got a few deep scratches in our paint before we got double lines through. During the noon gun salute the harbor master stopped by and commented that the moorings were not Chris's from the museum to reserve but his. He was nice and Paul unlocked the dinghy dock gate, which we had jumped the night before to go to dinner. Its high and not easy to hop. He commented we should 'watch our boat' as the moorings had not been serviced for a long time! This is the harbor master speaking!!.. We had spent the night in a good breeze and are lucky we didn't end up on the rocks.... The musuem is great and there is food within a short walk. The moorings are in poor condition, but maybe OK for small boats (I have a 41' = not OK). The dinghy access would be good IF you can get the gate unlocked. nice stop if you're feeling lucky!

Not what we anticipated, 2012-09-03
Captain: , annapolis (90)

Battleship Cove museum was great, but found water access to be a problem. The description given in the most recent edition New England Cruising guide states that you can anchor in the cove and land your dinghy at either the community boating center or at heritage state park. We found that the cove was full of moorings with no room for anchoring. We anchored just outside the cove, but well out of the river channel. The dock at the community boating center has a locked gate across the entrance. We called the phone number posted and received no reply, and the center appeared to be closed all day (it was a holiday). Of two other potential dinghy docks closer to the museum, one had signs posted that it was private and a tow away zone, the other had a locked gate, as did the launching ramp nearby. We called Battleship cove and received little information other than the moorings in the cove are normally booked in advance. We also tried the information center at heritage state park but found no one available to answer our dinghy access question. We eventially landed the dinghy up a very shallow tidal creek (about 8" at low tide) passed the footbridge near the visitor information center, hauling it up near a parking lot and locking it to the guardrail there. We worried about the dinghy all day, but had no issues. Relaunching with the tide out was more difficult as there was a 3' vertical drop to the riverbed that we had to carry the dinghy over. Dissapointing that this great site with four warships on display and a maritime museum down the block had such poor access and information available.

Neat place to go with kids, 2011-01-05
Captain: , Northern NJ (89)

We moored right next to the Battleship, They have about 10 or so moorings, They are in a cove behind the battleship, so there was no issue with waves or rocking. When you pay the fee for the mooring you get admission to the museum, which has four vessels you can tour, including a submarine. They have a dinghy dock that you can tie up at to go ashore. There is a locked gate to access the dinghy dock, which when staying overnight they give you a key to. There is also a carousel on site. The staff was very friendly. We were on a tight schedule so we didn't get to visit anything else in Fall River, but the stopover for one night was definately worth it.

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