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"Strength through leisure!"
―Billboard overlooking Battleship Bay
Battleship Bay sign

Battleship Bay is a well populated beach area of the Soldier's Field district of Columbia, seen in BioShock Infinite. The Bay is home to shops, an arcade, live music, and an expansive beach. It features real sand as well as what appears to be a simulated ocean. Seagulls are seen hanging around the beach. Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth fall into the bay after escaping Monument Island, and get their first glimpse of the First Lady's Aerodrome in an advertisement on the beach. The mechanisms which maintain the ocean can be found inside two different maintenance rooms in the area.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

Main article: BioShock Infinite
Battleship Bay Ship

The roaring falls of Battleship Bay.

As Booker and Elizabeth escape from Monument Island, they fall from a collapsing Sky-Line into Battleship Bay. After being pulled from the water by Elizabeth and recovering his strength, Booker sees an advertisement for The First Lady airship, and decides to hijack it to leave Columbia. When requesting tickets to the First Lady Aerodrome, they are attacked by Founders attempting to acquire Elizabeth. Booker eliminates the group and makes his way to Soldier's Field with Elizabeth.

Battleship BayEdit

Strength Through Leisure Sign

Ernest Eagle Says: Strength Through Leisure!

Battleship Bay is a man-made beach located near the base of Monument Island. It is comprised of a small, artificial bay supplied by pumps and rain-catchers[1] and a sandy shore. The beach features simple attractions, such as "Dancing at Dusk" on a small pier, boating, surfing, and various food stalls. The upper boardwalk features curio shops, food carts, and a view of the beach.


The arcade is a colorful area filled with theater cabinets, featuring various installments of the Dimwit & Duke series. It also features the game's first Motorized Patriot, on display in a glass case.

New DiscoveriesEdit

New WeaponryEdit

New EnemiesEdit


  1. Ed Gaines - Born in the River: Battleship Bay, under a cart
  2. Daisy Fitzroy - Heaven: Arcade, in a washroom before the Colored and Irish Bathrooms
  3. Zachary Hale Comstock - A Dog's Loyalty: Arcade, in the Whites-Only Bathroom
  4. Esther Mailer - Take Her Alive: Park Ticketing
  5. Zachary Hale Comstock - The Golden Path to Heaven: Park Ticketing


  1. Battleship Bay
  2. Solving the Irish Problem
  3. A Look Back at Opening Day
  4. The Prophet Stands Up to Foes: Within and Without
  5. We Secede from the So-Called "Union"


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Bioshock Infinite - Battleship Bay Ambience

Battleship Bay Ambience.


Promotional and Concept ImagesEdit




  • Icon pc After Booker meets Elizabeth and convinces her to follow him, if the player directs Booker to stand in the water next to the waterfall, Elizabeth will follow and her legs will become disconnected from the rest of her body.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • A cover version of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper can be heard playing throughout the area. This is anachronistic, as the song was not released until 1983. A Voxophone recording found later in the game reveals that Jeremiah Fink's brother writes his music based on copied music from the future, explaining the anachronism. A Tear found in Albert Fink's house in Downtown Emporia also plays the original version of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."
  • Music playing in the white-only bathrooms is Chopin's Nocturne n°2.
  • According to Elizabeth's books, the whole bay was built in only six months. 
  • When Booker walks close to the men lifting medicine balls after finding Elizabeth, she will try to pick one up. After failing to lift it, she says, "Don't laugh."
  • In the hallway where Booker first notices the First Lady's Aerodrome advertisements, there is a baby carriage with a box of pistol ammunition sitting in it. This instance could be a nod to Jack finding his first pistol in the original BioShock.
  • According to Elizabeth, the water from the bay comes from rain-catchers.
  • In the gift shop, the player must go through to exit the bay, a small alcove with stairs can be found in the left corner. In this alcove there is a table and chairs, one of them occupied by a "Lil Miss Columbia." On the table there is a bottle of wine in an ice bucket and some glasses, suggesting a strange relationship between the store owner and the doll.
  • During development, Battleship Bay was where animations were created and tested. This is the reason that, during a playthrough, so many different animations can be performed by Elizabeth in this single area. Around 200 animations can occur in Battleship Bay, from Elizabeth's dancing to her simply throwing things into the water. This can make every playthrough here a different experience from the previous one.
  • A newspaper (with the headline "Anarchists in Our Fair City") in Battleship Bay also features a headline about the RMS Carpathia and mentions a list of rescued people. This is a reference to the role the ship played in rescuing survivors of the RMS Titanic sinking.
  • A film of the waterfalls at Battleship Bay can be viewed through a Kinetoscope in Comstock House. This is William R. Foreman's 99th — and final — film.
  • If Booker and Elizabeth enter the women's restroom, Elizabeth will ask, "What is your business in here?" and give a judging look to Booker whilst in the restroom.
  • Whilst searching for Elizabeth in the earlier portion of Battleship Bay, Booker will refuse to fire his weapon, often giving quotes pertaining to "Don't shoot until they (the enemy) do".
  • Battleship Bay was originally called "Battleship Cove" in early concept art and within the game files.


  1. As per Elizabeth's commentary

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