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Anchoring the Intrepid: Inside an Aircraft Carrier's Chain Room

$20 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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What We’ll Do

Anchoring a floating airfield—a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier—is loud, dirty and dangerous. It's also a rare corner of the maritime world that most people never consider, despite the unreal size of the gear. Join us for a rare peek inside an incredible hidden corner of a ship you can't miss.

During this live one-hour online experience, Jessica Williams, curator of history and collections at the Intrepid Museum, will guide you on an exploration of the anchor chain room from the legendary aircraft carrier, Intrepid. Get an up-close look at the massive anchor chains, and learn how sailors raised and lowered the ship’s two 30,000 pound anchors. The crew also used this space for recreation, and you’ll see how "artistically-minded" crew members left their mark. As you explore the features of this immense space, hear stories about the crew’s ingenuity in the face of danger, including a World War II torpedo attack and a massive storm in the Atlantic!

This special look inside Intrepid's staggering inner workings will leave you in awe not only of the magnitude of the equipment, but also of the humanity behind the hardware.

Where We’ll Be


About Your Host
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

Welcoming over one million visitors a year, the Museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. Also on display are 28 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. Rounding out the Museum are the submarine Growler, the only American diesel-powered strategic missile submarine open to the public, an 18,000 sq. ft. education center, Pier 86, a publicly accessible pier that is part of the Hudson River Park Trust, and the Exploreum, an interactive hall focused on themes of water, space, air and life at sea.

The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

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