USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park Honolulu Reviews

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USS Bowfin Feb 03, 2010
USS Bowfin was opened to the public in 1981 after a group of volunteers had cleaned and restored her after years of neglect. Her life started when she was launched on 7th of December 1942. She was named after a bass for its fighting abilities and did 9 combat patrols in the Pacific.

The tour of the submarine is by and audio guide. A perfect way of doing it, since it allows you to walk through it in your own speed. If you have a special interest in submarines the audio guide offers an in depth information too. The visit allows you to imagine what life on board must have been like for the 80 man crew. You start in the forward torpedo room. I guess since I´m a girl I was more preoccupied by the pull out bed located between two torpedos then the torpedos themselves. I can´t imagine sleeping sandwiched between two torpedos. Would give me nightmares.

From the torpedo room you continue through the officers quarter (cabins, kitchen and dinning room) before you reach the crews quarter. The officers had private cabins or 3 berth cabins, while the crew slept in 3 shifts in the "dorm room". Further you go through the engine room and planning room before you reach the aft torpedo room.

Life must have been pretty tough onboard, but one thing I found a bit funny was that they could at least enjoy their own ice cream machine.

I found this tour very interesting and the audio guide was well made. Once back on land you can also visit the submarine museum which shows you the world of submarines.

Admission the the submarine and museum is $10/$4 or museum only $5/$3 adult/children. It is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission 4:30 pm)
USS Bowfin
Forward torpedo room
Officer cabin
The secretaries office
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sarahsan says:
The audio tour was great! Funny with the ice cream maker, ha!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2010
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USS Bowfin, the Pearl Harbor Avenger Jul 10, 2009
The USS Bowfin was one of the submarines that held the line while the Pacific Fleet licked it's wounds. Launched exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she was given the nicknamed "The Pearl Harbor Avenger." She did 9 combat patrols in the Pacific claiming 34 ships sunk. The Bowfin consists of a park with outdoor exhibits (ranging from plaques commemorating the 52 submarines lost during the war to de-activated Mk 14 torpedoes used aboard submarines during WWII), an indoor museum (with exhibits and artifacts showing the evolution of the American submarine force to what it is today), a mini-theater, and of course the submarine itself. Fifty-five percent of all Japanese shipping, about 5,000,000 tons, and 215 naval vessels totalling over 500,000 tons were sunk by our submarines. They also rescued 511 aviators who had been shot down by the Japanese in various attacks. These accomplishments were not achieved without sacrifices. We lost 52 submarines, about one fifth of our force, and over 3,500 personnel. The total submarine forces of the Navy were comprised of about 14,750 officers and men, only two percent of the Navy's wartime personnel. The Submarine Museum and Park serves not only as a memorial to honor the men who served in the submarine force and those who are "still on patrol, also those who continue to take to the ocean depths and many times go unrecognized for their accomplishments leaving the glory and publicity to the sailors of the Surface Fleet.

The Bowfin is conveniently located adjacent to the USS Arizona Vistors Center. In addition tickets to the USS Missouri and Pacific Aviation may be purchased here individually or in packages. For price information, visit the website.
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