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  • Musuem Overview
    artifacts transferred to Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association in July 1988 The move allowed visitors to experience the museum located along side USS Bowfin SS 287 Bowfin Artifacts Bowfin Park features the WWII submarine USS Bowfin SS 287 The Pacific Submarine Museum features a variety of Bowfin artifacts including flags models and artifacts exploring their 9 successful war patrols Guts Glory of a Missile How big is a ballistic missile Imagine being on a submarine crew with 24 missiles ready to fire One is on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park with all of its electronics hydraulics and propulsion elements accessible Anatomy of a WWII Battle Flag Hanging from above the WWII section of the museum are reproduction battle flags of U S submarines that fought the war in the Pacific The original battle flags are kept for conservation These flags are 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 Secrets of the Sub How Does A Sub Stay So Quiet How do submarines stay so quiet Submarines are the ultimate stealth weapon Remaining

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  • Exhibits
    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 Poseidon Missile Poseidon C 3 Missile The only one of its kind to be on public display a Poseidon C 3 missile with all of its electronics hydraulics and propulsion elements still intact is on display for visitors to examine at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park This massive cutaway mock up weighs 12 000 pounds is 34 feet long and is 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 Bowfin Artifacts Bowfin Artifacts Our museum exhibits include Bowfin s bell which had been missing for about 24 years The bell was discovered at an estate sale A California couple who collect antiques 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

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  • Submarine Technology
    his new improved underwater bomb against the British warships in New York Harbor with surprising effects in the American War of Independence Civil War The human powered Confederate submarine Hunley sunk the Union warship Housatonic 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 the USS Bowfin destroyed the bulk of Imperial Japanese shipping Walk through the submarine in the steps of those heroes who scored the amazing victories as a small team while suffering devastating losses Cold War to Present Capable of electronically picking your pocket or destroying an enemy s submarines these sleek neuclear powered sharks of steel are currently our front line of defense Understand the need for stealth and quiet as these submarines accomplish their missions around the sometimes hostile world while surviving deep underwater USS Ohio USS Hawaii Page 2 of 2 Start Prev 1 2 Next End 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 Almost a hundred later the Confederate

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  • Search For Lost Subs
    In the first sixty years after the end of World War II no one was able to find any of the 52 American submarines lost during the War whose exact locations were not already known In most cases the submarines were lost with all hands and the exact locations of their sinkings were lost to history Advances in technology and the dedication of those who seek to explore the depths has changed all that Since 2005 divers have discovered five sunken submarines USS Lagarto SS 371 confirmed discovery in the Gulf of Thailand USS Wahoo SS 238 confirmed discovery in the La Peruse Strait USS Grunion SS 216 confirmed discovery off Kiska USS Perch SS 176 discovery in the Java Sea USS Flier SS 250 confirmed discovery in the Balabac Strait Further discoveries are expected Page 2 of 2 Start Prev 1 2 Next End Secrets of the Sub Victory At Cost Victory at a cost During World War II The United States Submarine Force encompassing less than 2 of the U S Navy s fleet inflicted destruction on Japanese maritime power U S submarines were responsible for sinking over 30 of the Japanese Navy including eight aircraft carriers one

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  • Education Overview
    and Outreach Program USS Bowfin Submarine Museum Park is committed to the telling the story of U S Submarines to students in the state of Hawaii To achieve this goal we offera variety of educational programs Visits to our facility at Pearl Harbor Outreach Presentations at schools or other educational groups in Oahu and the Neighbor Islands Resources for Educators including teacher workshops educational handouts and research opportunities Adventures in History evening presentations at Bowfin Park For more information or to schedule a visit to your school or educational organization please contact Charles R Hinman Director of Education Outreach at 808 423 1341 or e mail This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Secrets of the Sub Submarine Rescues Submarine Rescues A critical task performed by the US submarine force during World War II was the rescuing of downed pilots and air crews They were so efficient at it that they rescued 520 US airmen from the Pacific Ocean waters One of those rescued went on to become President of the United States Former US President George H W Bush Sr He was rescued by the USS Finback after being shot

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  • Submarine
    enter through the heavily mined Tsushima Strait They would be using the new FM Sonar mine detecting equipment which had been recently installed on each of the boats The sonar emitted an ominous bell like tone whenever it came within 300 feet of a mine Reportedly Bowfin s crew could hear the sound of a mine cable scraping along the side of the boat s hull during the transit Once safely through the strait and into the Sea of Japan Bowfin proceeded to her assigned patrol area off the eastern coast of Korea On 2 June the group searched for survivors of a downed B 29 USS Tinosa SS 283 eventually rescued the group Initially only two ship contacts were made and both times Bowfin scored a kill On 11 June she found a cargo ship sailing unescorted and fired four torpedoes one of which hit The ship was the 1 898 ton Shinyo Maru and it sank in only three minutes Two days later Bowfin torpedoed and sank the Akiura Maru a small 887 ton freighter Several harbors were entered for investigation but were found empty On 18 June Bowfin was the target of uncomfortably accurate gunfire and submerged to escape On 20 June a submerged six torpedo attack on a convoy of three enemy ships in very shallow water failed as a result of poor visibility and attack positions and the necessity to avoid Bowfin s own fourth torpedo which seemed to be circling back On 24 June the Hellcats rendezvoused in preparation for the wolfpack s exit from the Sea of Japan One of the submarines USS Bonefish SS 223 did not appear The remaining eight boats made a daring but successful high speed surface run out of the Sea of Japan through the narrow and heavily patrolled La Perouse Strait On 24 June the Hellcats rendezvoused in preparation for the wolfpack s exit from the Sea of Japan One of the submarines USS Bonefish SS 223 did not appear The remaining eight boats made a daring but successful high speed surface run out of the Sea of Japan through the narrow and heavily patrolled La Perouse Strait 4 July a triumphant USS Bowfin pulled into Pearl Harbor having completed an historic patrol that in the words of Commander Subron Ten will live long in the annals of submarine warfare VADM Lockwood awarded each of the Hellcats crew members with a certificate enrolling them as members of the distinguished order of Mighty Mine Dodgers for their success in transiting what he called the most dangerous of war waters USS Bowfin s ninth patrol had been a life or death situation in more ways than one An aerial photographer Marshall LaCour who now resides in Washington was chosen to film Bowfin s ninth patrol Mr LaCour recalls drawing straws in a pool of photographers to decide which submarine each person would be assigned to Finally it was down to only two submarines Bowfin and Bonefish However it was

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  • Visit
    Children 4 12 4 Military Senior Citizens Kama aina 7 Museum Only Adults 5 and Children 3 Children under 4 are not permitted on the submarine for safety reasons They may visit the museum and mini theater at no charge Tours Self guided tours visitors are offered an audio player that narrates their tour as they explore this historic WWII submarine and imagine what life on board was like for her 80 man crew Museum audio guides are available as well Security Luggage Purses and Backpacks All bags are subject to security inspection before entering the Park The Park requires visitors to check all backpacks of any size shopping bags and bags larger than 5 by 8 To avoid a wait in the baggage storage line visitors should not bring such items The baggage storage will not accept laptops or luggage of any size The Park resrves the right to refuse other items and is not responsible for items held by the checkroom Directions Driving For driving directions we suggest that you click the google map below and then enter your starting destination Map Tours Convenient direct transportation is provided every half hour from all major Waikiki hotels by VIP Transport For information and reservations call toll free 866 836 0317 In Hawaii 836 0317 Public Transport The Public Bus Number 42 comes from Waikiki Kuhio Ave Parking We offer convenient free parking at Bowfin Park Gift Shop and Snack Bar Gift Shop The Bowfin Gift Shop offers a unique shopping experience reflective of our history and valor in the past and our present strength and courage Gift shop closes at 3 45 p m Snack Bar The Bowfin snack bar is generally open at the same time as the Musuem The snack bar offers hot dogs soup nachos and

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