USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Our nonprofit organization is home to WWII submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287). We are open to public tours of our submarine (museum currently under construction).

Located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Visit the" Pearl Harbor Avenger," USS Bowfin (SS-287). Walk on board a WWII Submarine; experience first-hand what it was like to live as a submariner of the past. Museum:
Explore the intriguing world of submarines, both past and present. Visitors can tour our 10,000 square foot Museum home to an impressive collectio

Located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Visit the" Pearl Harbor Avenger," USS Bowfin (SS-287). Walk on board a WWII Submarine; experience first-hand what it was like to live as a submariner of the past. Museum:
Explore the intriguing world of submarines, both past and present. Visitors can tour our 10,000 square foot Museum home to an impressive collectio

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On September 21, 1944 USS Bowfin (SS-287)  arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, California.Two days later, C...
09/23/2021

On September 21, 1944 USS Bowfin (SS-287) arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, California.Two days later, CDR Corbus was relieved as commanding officer by CDR Alexander Kelly Tyree, USNA class of '36. ⁣

CDR Corbus was transferred back to Pearl Harbor where he served out the remainder of the war as Operations Officer on COMSUBPAC’s staff.⁣

At this time, USS Bowfin was also undergoing an overhaul to repair a great deal of mechanical repair, plus the installation of new equipment, most notably the new and secret FM sonar mine detection gear. ⁣

Bowfin was among the first boats to receive this device and it would play a major role in the remainder of her WWII career. At this time, much of Bowfin’s crew from previous patrols were transferred and replaced by other men. This substantial change in personnel, combined with the mechanical modifications to the boat, practically transformed her into a whole new Bowfin. The crew tested the new equipment off of San Francisco, and afterward, Bowfin was sent back to Pearl Harbor for more training.⁣

On September 21, 1944 USS Bowfin (SS-287) arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco, California.Two days later, CDR Corbus was relieved as commanding officer by CDR Alexander Kelly Tyree, USNA class of '36. ⁣

CDR Corbus was transferred back to Pearl Harbor where he served out the remainder of the war as Operations Officer on COMSUBPAC’s staff.⁣

At this time, USS Bowfin was also undergoing an overhaul to repair a great deal of mechanical repair, plus the installation of new equipment, most notably the new and secret FM sonar mine detection gear. ⁣

Bowfin was among the first boats to receive this device and it would play a major role in the remainder of her WWII career. At this time, much of Bowfin’s crew from previous patrols were transferred and replaced by other men. This substantial change in personnel, combined with the mechanical modifications to the boat, practically transformed her into a whole new Bowfin. The crew tested the new equipment off of San Francisco, and afterward, Bowfin was sent back to Pearl Harbor for more training.⁣

As a non-profit organization, we would like to thank you all for your years of support!  Happy #WorldGratitudeDay ✨
09/21/2021

As a non-profit organization, we would like to thank you all for your years of support!

Happy #WorldGratitudeDay ✨

As a non-profit organization, we would like to thank you all for your years of support!

Happy #WorldGratitudeDay ✨

Welcoming you into the week like… ⁣ ⁣Step into the past with a tour of WWII Submarine USS Bowin (SS-287), nicknamed the ...
09/20/2021

Welcoming you into the week like… ⁣

Step into the past with a tour of WWII Submarine USS Bowin (SS-287), nicknamed the ‘Pearl Harbor Avenger.’⁣

Tickets available 👉https://bit.ly/3DbMSQc

📸 : Photo by @obiernicole // Instagram

Welcoming you into the week like… ⁣

Step into the past with a tour of WWII Submarine USS Bowin (SS-287), nicknamed the ‘Pearl Harbor Avenger.’⁣

Tickets available 👉https://bit.ly/3DbMSQc

📸 : Photo by @obiernicole // Instagram

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09/16/2021
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Mask up and mozy over to the newly renovated Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum!  Explore our outdoor exhibits overlooking t...
09/15/2021

Mask up and mozy over to the newly renovated Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum!

Explore our outdoor exhibits overlooking the historic Pearl Harbor.

Tickets available 👉 https://bit.ly/3DbMSQc

📷: Photos by @lifeofaspinningtop // Instagram

Featuring WWII Submarine USS Bowfin (SS 287), Regulus I, USS Parche (SS-384) Conning Tower, and Japanese Kaiten.

⚠️HOMESCHOOLERS AND EDUCATORS ⚠️ We are happy to introduce our S.T.E.M Programs!  The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum has...
09/15/2021

⚠️HOMESCHOOLERS AND EDUCATORS ⚠️

We are happy to introduce our S.T.E.M Programs!

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum has created S.T.E.M programs to provide local Hawaii students with access to quality and relevant science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning to prepare them to succeed in college, careers, and life.

We provide engaging programs through outreach and partnerships with schools, hands-on activities throughout the museum, and a variety of site visits.

For more information please email [email protected]

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣⁣On December 17, 1927, while surfacing USS S-4 (SS 109) was accidentally rammed and sunk by Coast Guar...
09/13/2021

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣

On December 17, 1927, while surfacing USS S-4 (SS 109) was accidentally rammed and sunk by Coast Guard destroyer USS Paulding. ⁣
Heroic efforts were made to rescue six known survivors trapped in the forward torpedo room, who had exchanged a series of signals with the rescue force, by tapping on the hull. As the trapped men used the last of available oxygen in the sub, they sent a morse-coded message, “Is there any hope?” The response, composed by Captain King was: "There is hope. Everything possible is being done." But thwarted by the weather, the rescue force could not rescue the six men.⁣

Despite the best efforts of the rescue team, all 40 men aboard were lost. ⁣

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣

On December 17, 1927, while surfacing USS S-4 (SS 109) was accidentally rammed and sunk by Coast Guard destroyer USS Paulding. ⁣
Heroic efforts were made to rescue six known survivors trapped in the forward torpedo room, who had exchanged a series of signals with the rescue force, by tapping on the hull. As the trapped men used the last of available oxygen in the sub, they sent a morse-coded message, “Is there any hope?” The response, composed by Captain King was: "There is hope. Everything possible is being done." But thwarted by the weather, the rescue force could not rescue the six men.⁣

Despite the best efforts of the rescue team, all 40 men aboard were lost. ⁣

#TBT: To USS Mississippi Qualification Ceremony. Sailors Congratulations on earning your Dolphins!
09/09/2021

#TBT: To USS Mississippi Qualification Ceremony. Sailors Congratulations on earning your Dolphins!

#TBT: To USS Mississippi Qualification Ceremony. Sailors Congratulations on earning your Dolphins!

It was Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and the submarine service that turned the tide of WWII⁣ ⁣In the years leading up to ...
09/07/2021

It was Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and the submarine service that turned the tide of WWII⁣

In the years leading up to the war Adm Nimitz improved ship-to-ship refueling techniques and engineered performance improvements to the submarine. ⁣

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the surface fleet largely destroyed, the untouched submarine came to the war's aid. Despite Pearl Harbor's losses, it was through Nimitz skillful manipulation of the remaining submarines that he was able to immediately take the fight to the enemy while a new fleet was being built. ⁣

Nimitz is quoted in Historic Ship Exhibits in the US by USN History Division 1969 for the famous remarks: ⁣

“We, who survived World War II and were privileged to rejoin our loved ones at home, salute those gallant officers and men of our submarines who lost their lives in that long struggle. We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.” ⁣

It was Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and the submarine service that turned the tide of WWII⁣

In the years leading up to the war Adm Nimitz improved ship-to-ship refueling techniques and engineered performance improvements to the submarine. ⁣

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the surface fleet largely destroyed, the untouched submarine came to the war's aid. Despite Pearl Harbor's losses, it was through Nimitz skillful manipulation of the remaining submarines that he was able to immediately take the fight to the enemy while a new fleet was being built. ⁣

Nimitz is quoted in Historic Ship Exhibits in the US by USN History Division 1969 for the famous remarks: ⁣

“We, who survived World War II and were privileged to rejoin our loved ones at home, salute those gallant officers and men of our submarines who lost their lives in that long struggle. We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.” ⁣

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City and became a  national holiday in 1894. This holid...
09/07/2021

The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City and became a national holiday in 1894. This holiday paid tribute to the contributions workers made to strengthen our country.

Today we recognize our amazing staff. Thank you for everything you do, happy #LaborDay!
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The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City and became a national holiday in 1894. This holiday paid tribute to the contributions workers made to strengthen our country.

Today we recognize our amazing staff. Thank you for everything you do, happy #LaborDay!
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#bowfinsubmarine #PacificFleetSubmarineMuseum #hawaii #museum #navy #wwii #history #pearlharborhawaii #military #wwiihistory #historybuff #historylovers

The first American shots of World War II were depth charge salvos from Wickes-class destroyer USS Greer, (DD 145), on Se...
09/05/2021

The first American shots of World War II were depth charge salvos from Wickes-class destroyer USS Greer, (DD 145), on September 4, 1941, three months before the U.S. declared war.

At 7:50 am USS Greer had gained sonar contact with a submarine and reported it to a British plane. Greer then began tracking the submarine for over two hours while awaiting relief from the plane. At 11:40, with the submarine on her port bow, Greer sighted two torpedoes and turned toward them, successfully evading. Ten minutes later, she dropped ten depth charges on the submarine but in doing so, lost contact.

By 12:30, and not having regained contact, Greer resumed course for Iceland. Five minutes later, Greer regained submarine contact and dropped nine more depth charges though the German submarine, U-652, remained undamaged.

This attack led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue his shoot-on-sight order, directing the Navy to attack any ship threatening U.S. shipping or foreign shipping under es**rt.

The first American shots of World War II were depth charge salvos from Wickes-class destroyer USS Greer, (DD 145), on September 4, 1941, three months before the U.S. declared war.

At 7:50 am USS Greer had gained sonar contact with a submarine and reported it to a British plane. Greer then began tracking the submarine for over two hours while awaiting relief from the plane. At 11:40, with the submarine on her port bow, Greer sighted two torpedoes and turned toward them, successfully evading. Ten minutes later, she dropped ten depth charges on the submarine but in doing so, lost contact.

By 12:30, and not having regained contact, Greer resumed course for Iceland. Five minutes later, Greer regained submarine contact and dropped nine more depth charges though the German submarine, U-652, remained undamaged.

This attack led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue his shoot-on-sight order, directing the Navy to attack any ship threatening U.S. shipping or foreign shipping under es**rt.

WWII came to an end in the early morning of September 2, 1945. On the teak decks of battleship USS Missouri, Japanese Fo...
09/02/2021

WWII came to an end in the early morning of September 2, 1945. On the teak decks of battleship USS Missouri, Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu signed the official Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the Japanese government. General Yoshijiro Umezu then signed for the Japanese armed forces, and his aides wept as he made his signature.⁣

Supreme Commander MacArthur next signed, declaring, “It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past.” ⁣

Nine more signatures were made, by the United States, China, Britain, the USSR, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand, respectively. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz signed for the United States.⁣

#OTD in 1988 - We were joined by Bowfin's second World War II crew and their spouses for a for a reunion on "the boat."
09/01/2021

#OTD in 1988 - We were joined by Bowfin's second World War II crew and their spouses for a for a reunion on "the boat."

#OTD in 1988 - We were joined by Bowfin's second World War II crew and their spouses for a for a reunion on "the boat."

#TriviaTuesday 🤔 💭 ⁣Play for the chance to 𝐰𝐢𝐧 $𝟓 𝐨𝐟𝐟 your next gift shop purchase of $25 or more. The winner will be co...
08/31/2021

#TriviaTuesday 🤔 💭 ⁣
Play for the chance to 𝐰𝐢𝐧 $𝟓 𝐨𝐟𝐟 your next gift shop purchase of $25 or more. The winner will be contacted directly with prize details.⁣

𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞? First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt recruited women for the military.⁣
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#TriviaTuesday 🤔 💭 ⁣
Play for the chance to 𝐰𝐢𝐧 $𝟓 𝐨𝐟𝐟 your next gift shop purchase of $25 or more. The winner will be contacted directly with prize details.⁣

𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞? First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt recruited women for the military.⁣
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USS Bowfin (SS 287) Submariners wishing you a happy #BeachDay from the year 1944.☀️ 🌊   Pictured: Crew members enjoying ...
08/30/2021

USS Bowfin (SS 287) Submariners wishing you a happy #BeachDay from the year 1944.☀️ 🌊

Pictured: Crew members enjoying a day at a beach in Hawaii sometime during their Rest and Recuperation (R&R); likely in June 1944.

USS Bowfin (SS 287) Submariners wishing you a happy #BeachDay from the year 1944.☀️ 🌊

Pictured: Crew members enjoying a day at a beach in Hawaii sometime during their Rest and Recuperation (R&R); likely in June 1944.

Last month we were visited by Sea Cadets enrolled in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC), a national youth leadershi...
08/29/2021

Last month we were visited by Sea Cadets enrolled in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC), a national youth leadership development organization that promotes interest and skill in naval disciplines while instilling strong moral character and life skills through leadership and technical programs.

In addition to absorbing the curriculum in our museum classroom, Cadets toured the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum and WWII Submarine, USS Bowfin for an immersive lesson in WWII and Naval history.

Happy National #Women'sEqualityDay ⁣ ⁣On August 28, 1942, 120 women were commissioned as Ensigns or Lieutenants Junior G...
08/26/2021

Happy National #Women'sEqualityDay ⁣

On August 28, 1942, 120 women were commissioned as Ensigns or Lieutenants Junior Grade of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College. ⁣

Happy National #Women'sEqualityDay ⁣

On August 28, 1942, 120 women were commissioned as Ensigns or Lieutenants Junior Grade of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) and reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College. ⁣

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum is open from 7am to 5pm daily. Our newly renovated and enlarged museum includes indoo...
08/23/2021

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum is open from 7am to 5pm daily. Our newly renovated and enlarged museum includes indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as our WWII balao-class submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).⁣

If you're a first time or veteran visitor, you may recognize the massive 43-foot-diameter ring at the entrance. This “hull ring” represents the submarine hull dimension of the new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, the largest submarine ever built by the United States. ⁣

Visit us today https://bit.ly/3B6u7wA⁣

📷: @constructorshawaii

The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum is open from 7am to 5pm daily. Our newly renovated and enlarged museum includes indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as our WWII balao-class submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).⁣

If you're a first time or veteran visitor, you may recognize the massive 43-foot-diameter ring at the entrance. This “hull ring” represents the submarine hull dimension of the new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, the largest submarine ever built by the United States. ⁣

Visit us today https://bit.ly/3B6u7wA⁣

📷: @constructorshawaii

August 17-18, 1942, submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SM 1) landed more than 200 Marines on Makin Islan...
08/22/2021

August 17-18, 1942, submarines USS Nautilus (SS 168) and USS Argonaut (SM 1) landed more than 200 Marines on Makin Island in the first amphibious attack made from submarines. ⁣

The Raid on Makin Island was the attack by the United States Marine Corps Raiders on Japanese military forces occupying Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean. The goals were to destroy Imperial Japanese installations, take prisoners, gain intelligence on the Gilbert Islands area, and divert Japanese attention and reinforcements from the Allied landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi. This raid turned out to be moderately successful with only the first of these objectives achieved.⁣

Moreover, the objective to dissipate Japanese forces may have had the unintended consequence of causing heavier losses for American forces during the battles of the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaigns. And in addition, nine Marines were inadvertently left behind and captured by the Japanese, in addition to the 21 other Marines lost during the battle. ⁣

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11 Arizona Memorial Dr
Honolulu, HI
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We are located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. If you are planning a trip to the island and would like more information please feel free to call us or visit us on the web. *Information provided below. www.bowfin.org www.twitter.com/USSBowfin https://www.instagram.com/ussbowfinmuseum/

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Monday 7am - 5pm
Tuesday 7am - 5pm
Wednesday 7am - 5pm
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Friday 7am - 5pm
Saturday 7am - 5pm
Sunday 7am - 5pm

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Please help a sister ship! Patriot’s Point wants to sink the USS Clamagore, SS353 and make her an artificial reef. There is a group that wants to move her to the Louisville Naval Museum and come up with a long term plan. Please print, sign and mail, and get as many family, friends and coworkers as possible. This is the updated link. https://www.facebook.com/groups/338689653415753/permalink/562122837739099/
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I have just finished reading the latest edition of “ National Geographic History”, which has an article about the Battle of Midway. In that article it says that the “ destroyer” U.S.S. Nautilus fired torpedoes that helped sink the I.J.N.carrier Kaga. I assume that they made a mistake and are referring to the submarine U.S.S. Nautilus.
Is there any truth that the remains of USS HERRING were discovered by a Russian Survey and Dive team in 2016? I have heard conflicting stories on it. Thanks..
As Charter Life Members, both my wife Barbara and I are hoping to make it back next year when the museum is dedicated.
Veteran Submariner Bill Shabazz - Widow Help
**Help Support the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery Memorial Campaign** @SSHMarinersGenealogy The Descendants of Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mariners have been reaching out to Historical and Genealogical Societies, Museums, Military Veterans Groups, and Concerned Citizens, to invite them to join a Letters of Support Campaign to support their efforts to gain access to the old Sailors’ Snug Harbor Cemetery on Staten Island, in New York City, to honor their Ancestors and all of the 6,500 Forgotten Merchant, Coast Guard, and Naval Mariners interred there (1834-1976), by installing a Memorial Monument (Obelisk) and holding an annual Memorial Service. Some of the Mariners were famous Sea Captains and some sailed on famous Merchant and Naval ships dating back to the American Revolution. Many were just average seamen whom sailed and endured for many years on the sea under arduous conditions. The Mariners were from various areas of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2244490/sailors-snug-harbor-cemetery Sadly, the Sailors' Snug Harbor Cemetery is devoid of gravestones or markers, except for 15 remaining gravestones. The Cemetery is closed and not open to the public. The Board of Trustees of Sailors' Snug Harbor have rejected the Descendants' requests to access the SSH Cemetery to honor their Ancestors. https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/caretakers-shoot-down-plans-for-monument-for-fallen-sailors/ The Descendants are collecting Letters of Support to persuade the Trustees of Sailors’ Snug Harbor to change their decision. You can help support the Descendants by writing a Letter of Support using the Support Letter Writing Instructions at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZv5VFLNWw0HA-pW2i33RhbgVFQ6oExx Sailors’ Snug Harbor has a very interesting history. It was one of the first large scale retirement facilities in the United States and the first established for Merchant Mariners. It was founded by the Randall family whom were New York City Merchant Sea Captains and Privateers during the French Indian War and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton was a friend of the Randall family and their Attorney. He helped draft the Robert Richard Randall Will in 1801 to create the SSH Trust which funded the SSH Retirement Home. During its 140+ years of operation (1833-1976) approximately 16,000 Mariners resided there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailors%27_Snug_Harbor
Looking for some help. Were there any wartime boats (Gato, Balao, or Tench) with two 5in guns and two 40mm on the forward and aft parts of the boat? Thanks.
For all the mechanically inclined amongst us!
I visited the Bowfin in 2010 with my family and when we dropped down into the Torpedoe Room I started telling them about how the first thing you learned when you checked on board was the procedure to flush the "toilet', I then went on to tell them about the "Bridal Suite" and several other things. By the time we got to the Control Room everyone within earshot had turned their tour tapes off and started asking me questions. I wonder if my sunglasses are still in the bilges of the Forward Engineroom? Seems only fitting as that was where I stood most of the underway watches when I was on the old fleet boats. J. D. Spencer ENCS (SS) USN (Ret)
this was a wonderful time very educational for adults and children these men deserve a salute to there service for our freedom !