USNTC BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM, Port Deposit, MD - Lupacchino
  • Lupacchino

    on July 7, 2013

    From an e-mail on June 6, 2013 from Ed Pocino Re: Visit to USNTC BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM in Port Deposit MD.


    I have to apologize to you for not taking pictures of the inside of the museum. I actually brought my camera and did take one photo of the outside of the building as we walked up. Once we got inside and started talking to Carolyn and the other two volunteers that were there I completely forgot about taking pictures.

    The museum is one large room with two cubicles and a counter in it. One cubicle is used for the Wave display and the second cubicle functions as an office and library of assorted navy related books. The counter is an all purpose work station and check out area for items that you purchase. There is a typical walk in bank vault which is being used as the "ships store" with a variety of items for sale. I did buy a large copy of the map of Bainbridge and the book "Images of America: United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge" by Erika L. Quesenbery. The larger part of the room displays all of the memorabilia that has been collected to date and includes lots of company pictures, uniform items, flags, etc. If you were to simply drop in as a tourist it wouldn't take you too long to complete a circuit of the exhibits.

    In a small alcove behind the counter is a cabinet (approx. 6 feet long) and on the counter top of this cabinet is the Compass collection. 1955 had approximately 30 books and I would guess that other 1950s years had about the same or slightly less.

    The real thrill of the place is talking to Carolyn and the other volunteers who are a wealth of information on Bainbridge and anything connected to it. We were there for a couple of hours!

    If you are really into Bainbridge like us then it is certainly worth a trip, if you were not navy and just trying to find something to do in Port Deposit you probably wouldn't find the museum all that interesting. I will be going back because we go right past it on every trip south and we go south a lot.


  • Lupacchino

    on March 29, 2013

    The Museum which was previously located in the same building as the SUSKY RIVER GRILLE, 600 Rowland Drive, Port Deposit, MD 21904. HAS MOVED to a NEW LOCATION at the corner of South Main Street and Jacob Tome Highway and will open at 1 p.m. on April 6, 2013.

  • Lupacchino

    on December 26, 2012

    57 years later, I can't get USNTC BAINBRIDGE out of my mind as it was the best 7 months of my young life that helped to form my future. I have great memories of shipmates that I served with and only wish that the base still existed in some form today.

    On average I get 10,000 hits monthly on my SMUGMUG Galleries, of which 5000 hits are for my Boot Camp Company and Teleman Service School galleries. I also get approximately 1000 hits monthly for the Museum gallery. The rest of the hits are for the other galleries related to those who have e-mailed photos to me of their own experiences while at USNTC BAINBRIDGE.

    There still is an interest in USNTC BAINBRIDGE and I hope that it continues. I also get e-mails from those who have served at the base as well as families and friends who have questions about locating more information about their relatives/friends.

  • Lupacchino

    on April 26, 2012

    Port Deposit, MD


    USNTC Bainbridge Historical Association
    P.O. Box 65
    Port Deposit, MD 21904

    On April 16, 2012, I visited the USNTC BAINBRIDGE MUSEUM in Port Deposit, MD. It is located in the same building as the SUSKY RIVER GRILLE. The address is 600 Rowland Drive, Port Deposit, MD.

    I made arrangements to meet with Carolyn Spencer, who is the Secretary and Board Member; she gave me a private tour of the museum. It is a small and intimate setting with several rooms of memorabilia from the days when USNTC BAINBRIDGE was alive with military activity.

    There are displays such as the Main Gate, typical berthing set up for WAVES, ‘china’ used in the officers mess as well as the metal trays used in the enlisted ‘chow halls’. Also on display is an original uniform of the USNTC BAINBRDIGE Baseball Team, which has been donated on a loan basis. Other displays include a collection of Zippo lighters and various items from the Ship’s Stores that are for sale.

    One Item in particular which should be of interest is a map of the grounds with the location of Camps, barracks, mess halls, drill halls (all numbered) and grinders as well as the various Service Schools located on the base. It is available for $4.00.

    In one of the rooms and on display is a very large wall map of the base that was found crumbled up in a closet somewhere in Port Deposit. It is presently encased in a frame and preserved with an acrylic covering. It is 6 feet high and 15 feet long, approximately. It is a great resource in showing all the key areas of the base. The map itself alone is well worth the visit to the museum to reminisce of our basic and school training days.

    They also have a reference area where you can view some of the written correspondence and stories of life at USNTC BAINBRIDGE. But the biggest surprise of all to me was when Carolyn Spencer said to wait for she had something else for me to see. She opened the door to a closet and what did I see was a library of COMPASS Annuals which had been collected either through donations or by purchase. The museum has many of the annuals but unfortunately, not all of the Boot Camp Companies that went through USNTC BAINBRIDGE.

    You can contact Carolyn Spencer and she can tell you if she has your Company Annual. What is important is that you know the number of your company, battalion, regiment; the dates of your service at USNTC BAINBRIDGE, and any other information you might be able to provide. She can research the information for you and let you know if she has your Company Annual.

    If you want to view the annual, you’ll have to make a visit to the museum and as with any other archive you will have to put on some white gloves as you go through the pages. This is a further caution in the preservation of these much sought after books.

    If you have a COMPASS Annual that you would like to donate for preservation to the museum they will be happy to have it for future generations.

    They do have a collection of company graduation photos, and again if you have any that you would like to donate, this is the place to have them preserved for the future.


    USNTC Bainbridge Historical Association
    P.O. Box 65
    Port Deposit, MD 21904