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US Rangers Centre, Carrickfergus

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Contact: +44 28 9335 8049
Open Hours: 10a-1p & 2p-6p M-F; 2p-6p Sa-Su
Carrickfergus is officially twinned with Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where the ship the Ranger was built before it sailed off to its encounter with H.M.S. Drake near Carrickfergus in 1778. Much later came the connection with the U.S. Rangers who were based in Sunnylands Camp in Carrickfergus during the Second World War. Under their first commander Major William O. Darby, the Rangers were officially trained as a combat unit, acting as a spearhead force for the invasion of the continent. The U.S. Rangers Centre is located in the garden of the Andrew Jackson Centre at Boneybefore and the exhibition shows uniforms, photographs, documents and equipment. There is also a video to let you experience what it was like to be a U.S. Ranger.