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  • McCann Rescue Chamber
    Falcon ASR 2 were able to attach a downhaul cable from a submarine rescue chamber to make several trips between the submarine and the surface until the 33 survivors were brought to safety Secrets of the Sub Hawaii Themed Submarines Hawaii Themed Submarines USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 was launched on 16 January 1965 and commissioned on 10 December 1965 This submarine holds the name for King Kamehameha the Great It is fitting that one of our submarines bear the name of this striking figure in Hawaiian history His people were intrepid seafarers and knowledge of stars winds and currents still arouse wonder and admiration For much of USS Kamehameha s service she was based in Rota Spain conducting deterrence patrols during the Cold War Commissioning gifts to the submarine are on display at the museum USS Honolulu SSN 718 a Los Angeles class submarine was the third ship of the United States to be named for Honolulu Hawaii She was launched on 24 September 1983 and commissioned on 6 July 1985 Honolulu s patrols are commemorated by ten surfboards signed by the crews aboard her at the time One of the four surfboards held at Bowfin Park is on display

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  • Battle Flags
    and were individually designed by the crewmen of the different boats the creativity style and design of each varies The one element common to all of them is the pride of the men who served Generally a submarine s battle flag included a mascot in caricature a record of enemy ship sinkings and important commendations awarded to the boat the Presidential Unit Citation for example Damaged ships airmen rescued mines laid and other special missions were also indicated on the flags A few boats which were highly successful chose not to incorporate a battle record into their design One such boat was the USS Parche Other points of interest are the German U Boat sunk by and USS Barb the Vichy French ship sunk by Bowfin and ten aviators rescued by USS Scabbardfish Time continues to be a battle flag s worst enemy Without proper conservation battle flags deteriorate rapidly in an uncontrolled environment of bright lights and humidity The temperature and humidity are controlled and monitored by the museum staff daily Once damage has occurred it cannot be reversed even in the hands of a conservator The few original flags on display are rotated to prevent any further deterioration The large majority of battleflags are in controlled collections Standard Battle Flag Symbols Flag Emblem What it means Stars Number of war patrols Japanese national flag Merchant ships sunk Rising sun flag Japanese Naval ensign Number of military ships sunk Partial flag Damaged ships Blue yellow and red pennant U S Presidential Unit Citation Red white Blue Vichy French Vessel sunk by Bowfin Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay so quiet Submarines are the ultimate stealth weapon Remaining underwater to attack or use its sensors quietness is critical Through design modern

    Original URL path: http://www.bowfin.org/museum/47/90-battle-flags (2016-01-08)
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  • Poseidon Missile
    74 inches in diameter The C 3 strategic missile was capable of being launched from a submerged Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine The first submarine to carry and launch a C 3 missile was USS James Madison SSBN 627 in August of 1970 The missile was donated to the Museum by the U S Navy through Lockheed Missile and Space Company which manufactured the C 3 missiles for the Navy The C 3 Poseidon was designed to be the new and improved more powerful successor to the A 3 Polaris Missile which is also on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park The C 3 was larger and more than twice the weight of the A 3 Outfitted with multiple independently targetable re entry vehicle MIRV warheads the C 3 was twice as accurate and had twice the explosive power of the A 3 Considering these factors experts believe it to be eight times as deadly as the A 3 The Poseidon missile program with an estimated production cost of 2 billion was announced by President Lyndon B Johnson on January 18 1965 Despite the new missile s connection to the Polaris missiles Johnson chose to give it the new name Poseidon named after the Greek mythological god of the sea Secrets of the Sub The Very First Sub Ever The First Submarine Ever There were many countries around the world developing submarines in the 17th and 18th century both for wartime use and for commercial purposes In the United States we say the Turtle developed by a Yale University professor David Bushnell was our first submarine Designed to deliver an underwater mine with a timed fuse it s original purpose was to break the blockade of the British Navy in New York harbor in 1776 during the War of Independence

    Original URL path: http://www.bowfin.org/museum/47/89-poseidon-missile (2016-01-08)
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  • Bowfin Artifacts
    purchased the bell and contacted another WWII submarine museum in California to ask about the bell USS Pampanito wasn t interested in a bell that said USS Bowfin but they knew who would be We purchased the bell and it arrived safe and sound thanks to Mario Hernandez Fred Algar and Eric Webber three Naval Reservists who toted this 77 pound brass bell back to Pearl Harbor on board an airplane Another exhibit is Bowfin s second battle flag which was stored in crew member Jack Updegraff s parents attic and forgotten about for almost 50 years It was rediscovered and donated to the Museum collection just in time for the crew s reunion on the boat To commemorate the Bowfin crew s bravery during nine successful WWII war patrols a special plaque that lists each of the crew members names was also unveiled during the reunion The plaque stands on shore near the entrance of the submarine Other exhibits include a Bowfin launching cachet and a Purple Heart that was bestowed upon crew member Reid Lee the only Bowfin casualty of war Lee received shrapnel wounds during a surface engagement on the seventh patrol The Purple Heart a decoration instituted by Gen George Washington is named after the only type of wood capable of withstanding the constant stress of repeated firing Our most recent addition is Bowfin s Presidential Unit Citation pennant donated by Captain W T Stutzer Bowfin received the citation for her brilliant second war patrol under the command of LCDR Walter Griffith Secrets of the Sub Vargas Girls Vargas Girls Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin up girls Varga girls were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas technique and approach to the female figure an idealized female form

    Original URL path: http://www.bowfin.org/museum/47/88-bowfin-artifacts (2016-01-08)
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  • Submarine Technology Overview
    one and a half miles at sea off Charleston harbor in February 1864 Lost for over a hundred thirty years this submersible was discovered and raised in 2000 from her resting place in the sand where she sank after her attack World Wars One and Two With the battle fleet on the bottom of Pearl Harbor the modern high speed surface raider the Fleet submarine one exampe of which is

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  • Bowfin.org
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  • The Turtle
    and turned the screw for propulsion by hand while flooding water in or pumping water out with his arms to adjust buoyancy With the first use of the screw propeller the vessel could achieve speeds of about 3 miles per hour for a limited time This was an astonishing achievement by a backyard inventor Using two drum halves cabled together and pitched so it would be water proof this amazing vessel was barely larger than its inventor Rather crude by modern standards it looked like two turtle shells pasted together hence the name Imagine sitting inside on a cold night while attaching a130 pound underwater bomb to a British warship H M S Eagle a 64 gun frigate moored in New York harbor What would have been a breakthrough in technology was thwarted by the inability to penetrate copper plates on the bottom of the warship and attach the bomb While this brilliant attempt failed the frigate was forced to re locate recognizing the new power of the unknown force whether used or not What had been demonstrated was the ability to submerge with limited range for a period of thirty minutes with some unusual technical problems conquered For example another well known inventor Benjamin Franklin provided Bushnell with the idea of using bioluminescence instead of a candle for interior light thereby conserving precious oxygen It was a crude attempt for a submarine with limited visual only sensors and an underwater bomb mine with a timer and a poor weapons delivery system but it was a start down the technological road of industrial discovery and breakthroughs that would lead to submarine development around the world Secrets of the Sub Vargas Girls Vargas Girls Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin up girls Varga girls were

    Original URL path: http://www.bowfin.org/museum/49/95-the-turtle (2016-01-08)
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  • CSS HL Hunley
    old riveted boiler about four feet in diameter and about 25 feet long he split the boiler in two to add a bench for eight men to sit ion and pull a hand crank to drive a propeller With some additional tanks for water ballast and the ends pinched together he had a rough submarine about 44 feet long Two small hatches enabled the men to enter and exit the submarine and some flat plates on the side awkwardly controlled depth A spar jutting from the bow of the submarine with a bomb on it provided the weapon When completed the submarine H L Hunley was hauled to Charleston South Carolina for testing and to try and convince the Confederate Army he was serious But he was deadly serious Horace Hunley would lose his life along with 23 volunteers while testing his own submarine The whole idea was to place a pointy barb with a bomb attached into the side of a Union ship off the mouth of Charleston harbor The method was to ram the spar on the bow of Hunley into the side of the ship and then back off and detonate the bomb with a long pull cord On the cold and dark night of February 17 1864 seven men lead by George Dixon drove Hunley five miles to attack the Union steam sloop Housatonic In the ensuing explosion the Housatonic sank in a matter of minutes with the Hunley damaged and subsequently lost after the explosion Changes in technology had permitted increases in range endurance speed size crew and weapons delivery systems Hunley and her crew were lost for over a hundred years when she was discovered lying in the sand and mud on her side She was re covered from the sea in August of

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