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  • CSS HL Hunley
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.bowfin.org/museum/49-submarine-technology/96-css-hl-hunley?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-01-08)
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  • The Turtle
    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

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  • Kaiten
    50 Type 4 s were built in 1945 but were never used operationally An escape hatch was not provided for Kaiten built late in the war and in any case no pilot is known to have attempted to escape from his speeding torpedo as it approached its target Many Type 4 weapons were found at the Kure Naval Base after the War Kaiten were carried piggyback aboard mother submarines and

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  • Regulus
    a Regulus I missile just like the one you see here was loaded with 3 000 letters and launched from the submarine USS Barbero SS 317 The missile traveled over 100 miles for approximately 22 minutes over the Atlantic Ocean It made a successful landing at Mayport Naval Air Station in Mayport Florida to deliver 3 000 letters that the U S Postmaster General Arthur E Summerfield had written to

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  • Waterfront Memorial
    may pay their respects reminisce about the frightening yet exhilarating days of World War II and share rich memories with the younger generation Since its official dedication on 11 May 1992 the Memorial has hosted hundreds of reenlistments retirements commissionings memorial services changes of command receptions and even a wedding The Waterfront Memorial is the end result of four years of hard work by a talented team of historians architects

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  • Battle Flags
    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

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  • Poseidon Missile
    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

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  • Bowfin Artifacts
    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

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