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).
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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 collection of submarine-related artifacts such as submarine weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battleflags, original recruiting posters, and detailed submarine models, all illustrating the history of the U.S. Submarine Service. Outdoor Exhibits:
Poseidon C-3 missile
Regulus missile
Kaiten torpedo
(and much much more)

Onsite:
Large gift-shop for your shopping needs
concession stand-- with outdoor lanai dining; right on the water!

Operating as usual

Today marks the 78 anniversary🎉 of the commissioning of USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287).  The ceremony was held on her mai...
05/02/2021

Today marks the 78 anniversary🎉 of the commissioning of USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287). The ceremony was held on her main deck where Commander Joseph H. Willingham, Jr. read his orders and set the first watch.

Today marks the 78 anniversary🎉 of the commissioning of USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287). The ceremony was held on her main deck where Commander Joseph H. Willingham, Jr. read his orders and set the first watch.

In the state of Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day. Each year, May 1st marks Hawaii’s nationally-recognized Lei Day — an annual ...
05/01/2021

In the state of Hawaii, May Day is Lei Day. Each year, May 1st marks Hawaii’s nationally-recognized Lei Day — an annual tribute to a culturally iconic symbol; a floral lei. Given to show respect and appreciation for someone, leis are as much a part of life in Hawaii today as they were centuries ago.

In the early 20th century “Hawaiian” images (particularly hula dancers) were common in American art, music, and advertising. These were largely fantasy with little or no connection to real Hawaiian culture. Songs played on ukulele with nonsense “Hawaiian” lyrics and images of exotic, uninhibited women sold well. Cultural accuracy was never taken into account.

When US servicemen stopped in Hawaii during R&R, getting a photograph taken with a “hula girl” was a popular morale-booster. Local women sometimes charged a dollar or more ($15 in today’s money) to pose for a picture.

Former Navy man and legendary tattoo artist “Sailor Jerry” Collins operated on Hotel Street, giving sailors his trademark thick-lined Hawaiian themed tattoos. A photo booth operated in his tattoo shop also let servicemen take their pictures with a “hula girl”… played by his business partner’s wife.

We are drawing on some cartoon history this national #BugsBunnyDay  The role cartoons, or more preferably, Bugs Bunny pl...
04/30/2021
#BugsBunnyDay & WWII | USS Bowfin

We are drawing on some cartoon history this national #BugsBunnyDay

The role cartoons, or more preferably, Bugs Bunny played during WWII. Read more: https://bit.ly/3fuR300

At the time of WWII, American’s could not escape the global grasp of war which affected almost every aspect of life. As an effort to increase morale and raise funds, in the form of war bonds, animation played a major role in the effort.

Nice Art! 🖌️   ⁣One of our followers, Howard Michels⁣ shared his watercolor of HM Submarine Ocelot (S17), an Oberon-clas...
04/25/2021

Nice Art! 🖌️ ⁣
One of our followers, Howard Michels⁣ shared his watercolor of HM Submarine Ocelot (S17), an Oberon-class diesel-electric submarine operated by the Royal Navy. ⁣

DM us your naval artwork for a chance to be featured!⁣

Nice Art! 🖌️ ⁣
One of our followers, Howard Michels⁣ shared his watercolor of HM Submarine Ocelot (S17), an Oberon-class diesel-electric submarine operated by the Royal Navy. ⁣

DM us your naval artwork for a chance to be featured!⁣

On April 23, 1945 after her R&R in Honolulu, Hawaii USS Bowfin (SS-287) departed on her 8th war patrol in the East China...
04/23/2021

On April 23, 1945 after her R&R in Honolulu, Hawaii USS Bowfin (SS-287) departed on her 8th war patrol in the East China Sea.

Bowfin, Seahorse, Bonefish, and Crevalle were ordered to probe minefields surrounding Tsushima Strait.

On May 1 Commander Tyree spotted a merchant ship and an escort and began firing. He fired four torpedoes; two missed but two struck their target creating a loud explosion. Through the periscope, Commander Tyree saw the merchant ship enveloped in smoke and flame. Shortly thereafter, the escort ship spotted Bowfin and began to return fire. Tyree gave the order to plane down 450 feet and moments later the escort passed directly overhead. After fifteen minutes, the Bowfin crew witnessed a series of twenty-one charges in less than half a minute. Thankfully they were all too shallow and although jolted by the blasts, the boat was not severely damaged.

During the remainder of her patrol, Bowfin gathered intelligence on the minefields near the eastern entrance to Tsugaru Strait using her special FM sonar, called "Hell's Bells". This sonar gave off a chilling gong-like sound when a mine was detected, thus the nickname.

For her eighth patrol, Commander Tyree and higher authorities believed Bowfin sank 9,300 tons and damaged 4,000 tons . JANAC credited USS Bowfin with sinking 3,399 tons. CDR Tyree was awarded the Legion of Merit with valor.

As a 501(c)(3), we take your donations seriously! We’d like to thank our many  donors for their support throughout the y...
04/19/2021

As a 501(c)(3), we take your donations seriously! We’d like to thank our many donors for their support throughout the years.

Due to your donations, we were able to:


🔵Update/expand our museum with compelling interactive exhibitions

🔵Create educational programs for children

🔵Provide yearly educational scholarships


To make your tax-deductible donation, visit: https://bit.ly/3vAQnf3

As a 501(c)(3), we take your donations seriously! We’d like to thank our many donors for their support throughout the years.

Due to your donations, we were able to:


🔵Update/expand our museum with compelling interactive exhibitions

🔵Create educational programs for children

🔵Provide yearly educational scholarships


To make your tax-deductible donation, visit: https://bit.ly/3vAQnf3

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣ ⁣USS Cisco (SS-290) ventured out on her first war patrol September 20, 1943. A mere eight days later,...
04/17/2021

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣

USS Cisco (SS-290) ventured out on her first war patrol September 20, 1943. A mere eight days later, Japanese records indicate the sighting of a submarine leaking oil in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine in operation. ⁣

"Found a sub tailing oil. Bombing. Ships cooperated with us. The oil continued to gush out even on tenth of October." ⁣

The only survivor of the crew was Chief Radioman Howell B. Rice (USN ret.), who was sent ashore in Darwin due to illness prior to Cisco's first and final patrol.⁣ Sailors rest your oars! 🙏 ⁣

#SubmarineSunday⚓⁣

USS Cisco (SS-290) ventured out on her first war patrol September 20, 1943. A mere eight days later, Japanese records indicate the sighting of a submarine leaking oil in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine in operation. ⁣

"Found a sub tailing oil. Bombing. Ships cooperated with us. The oil continued to gush out even on tenth of October." ⁣

The only survivor of the crew was Chief Radioman Howell B. Rice (USN ret.), who was sent ashore in Darwin due to illness prior to Cisco's first and final patrol.⁣ Sailors rest your oars! 🙏 ⁣

#TBT: Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum’s welder, Terry Jones fabricats a clamp to fit the USS Bowfin submarine’s limber ho...
04/15/2021

#TBT: Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum’s welder, Terry Jones fabricats a clamp to fit the USS Bowfin submarine’s limber holes.

Limbers on a submarine allow water (when surfacing) and gas (when submerging) to easily escape from the spaces between the pressure hull and the outer structures of the submarine.

Happy #NationalWeldingMonth 🎇

#TBT: Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum’s welder, Terry Jones fabricats a clamp to fit the USS Bowfin submarine’s limber holes.

Limbers on a submarine allow water (when surfacing) and gas (when submerging) to easily escape from the spaces between the pressure hull and the outer structures of the submarine.

Happy #NationalWeldingMonth 🎇

#OTD in 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away after serving four terms in office. In addition to being the na...
04/12/2021

#OTD in 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away after serving four terms in office. In addition to being the nation's longest-serving president, he also served as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 until 1920, for which he helped to implement Navy policies during WWI.

#OTD in 1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away after serving four terms in office. In addition to being the nation's longest-serving president, he also served as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 until 1920, for which he helped to implement Navy policies during WWI.

Happy 121st Birthday, Submarine Force! 🎈  Photo courtesy: COMSUBPAC
04/11/2021

Happy 121st Birthday, Submarine Force! 🎈

Photo courtesy: COMSUBPAC

Happy 121st Birthday, Submarine Force! 🎈

Photo courtesy: COMSUBPAC

The Navy has always had a love-hate relationship with the title and rank of "commodore”. “Commodore” as used in the Brit...
04/09/2021

The Navy has always had a love-hate relationship with the title and rank of "commodore”.

“Commodore” as used in the British Royal Navy was a title given to a commander who was the captain of a ship, but in command of a group of ships, often called a squadron.

Two of the most famous American commodores were brothers – Oliver Hazard Perry best known for his role in the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie, and Matthew C. Perry who forcibly opened Japan to American trade in 1853.

During the Civil War Congress created the rank of "admiral” in lieu of what had previously been called simply “flag officer”. In 1862, David Farragut was the first rear admiral in the United States Navy. By 1866, he was the Navy's first full admiral.

During WWII, the Navy worried that wartime rank inflation would create too many admirals to be sustained in peacetime. The rank of commodore was reestablished on April 9, 1943 for WWII; 147 officers held it as a temporary rank.

After WWII, very few commodores were promoted to rear admiral. All promotions to commodore ceased in 1947, and nearly all commodores who held the one-star rank had either been promoted to rear admiral or had retired from the Navy by 1950.

The Navy has always had a love-hate relationship with the title and rank of "commodore”.

“Commodore” as used in the British Royal Navy was a title given to a commander who was the captain of a ship, but in command of a group of ships, often called a squadron.

Two of the most famous American commodores were brothers – Oliver Hazard Perry best known for his role in the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie, and Matthew C. Perry who forcibly opened Japan to American trade in 1853.

During the Civil War Congress created the rank of "admiral” in lieu of what had previously been called simply “flag officer”. In 1862, David Farragut was the first rear admiral in the United States Navy. By 1866, he was the Navy's first full admiral.

During WWII, the Navy worried that wartime rank inflation would create too many admirals to be sustained in peacetime. The rank of commodore was reestablished on April 9, 1943 for WWII; 147 officers held it as a temporary rank.

After WWII, very few commodores were promoted to rear admiral. All promotions to commodore ceased in 1947, and nearly all commodores who held the one-star rank had either been promoted to rear admiral or had retired from the Navy by 1950.

Museum Curator Sarah Bellian conducts a science experiment on one of our new Innovation Carts.  ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣Visitors of all age...
04/07/2021

Museum Curator Sarah Bellian conducts a science experiment on one of our new Innovation Carts. ⁣⁣
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Visitors of all ages can currently learn more about physics – specifically buoyancy, density and pressure in a fun and family-friendly way. ⁣⁣Future programs will focus on probability as employed in code-breaking, robotics, radio, sonar, navigation, fresh water distillation, and generating gases or electricity.⁣⁣
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Children can share their ideas virtually by taking photos and making stop-motion animations of things they create.⚗️ ⁣⁣Get tickets: https://bit.ly/2OVwRpC⁣⁣

📸: Courtesy of @shiloh.mahmood

Museum Curator Sarah Bellian conducts a science experiment on one of our new Innovation Carts. ⁣⁣
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Visitors of all ages can currently learn more about physics – specifically buoyancy, density and pressure in a fun and family-friendly way. ⁣⁣Future programs will focus on probability as employed in code-breaking, robotics, radio, sonar, navigation, fresh water distillation, and generating gases or electricity.⁣⁣
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Children can share their ideas virtually by taking photos and making stop-motion animations of things they create.⚗️ ⁣⁣Get tickets: https://bit.ly/2OVwRpC⁣⁣

📸: Courtesy of @shiloh.mahmood

#OTD in 1942, Adm. Nimitz became the Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding allied air, land, and sea force...
04/06/2021
Adm. Nimitz and WWII | USS Bowfin

#OTD in 1942, Adm. Nimitz became the Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding allied air, land, and sea forces.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3ls9DXN

Adm. Nimitz played a major role in the naval history of WWII holding the title of both Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas as well as the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Today we remember the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and members of the 100th Infantry Battalion; the US Army's most deco...
04/05/2021

Today we remember the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and members of the 100th Infantry Battalion; the US Army's most decorated infantry regiment in history.

The volunteers who made up the 442nd were made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, most of which were Hawaii residents including Daniel Inouye, (who would later go on to serve four decades in the U.S. Senate.)

Although many of their families were removed from their homes and sent to internment camps, these men volunteered to fight for the U.S. during WWII.
Most were born in the United States and saw themselves as American, but they were still not trusted. The 442nd was sent to Italy, as far away from the Pacific as possible to prevent them from aiding Japan. In 2012, all surviving members were awarded the French Légion d'Honneur for contributing to the liberation of France.

In the end, more than 14,000 served in the 442nd. Between them, they were awarded 9,485 Purple Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier's Medals, one Distinguished Service Medal, and eight Presidential Unit Citations. #GoForBroke

Today we remember the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and members of the 100th Infantry Battalion; the US Army's most decorated infantry regiment in history.

The volunteers who made up the 442nd were made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans, most of which were Hawaii residents including Daniel Inouye, (who would later go on to serve four decades in the U.S. Senate.)

Although many of their families were removed from their homes and sent to internment camps, these men volunteered to fight for the U.S. during WWII.
Most were born in the United States and saw themselves as American, but they were still not trusted. The 442nd was sent to Italy, as far away from the Pacific as possible to prevent them from aiding Japan. In 2012, all surviving members were awarded the French Légion d'Honneur for contributing to the liberation of France.

In the end, more than 14,000 served in the 442nd. Between them, they were awarded 9,485 Purple Hearts, 21 Medals of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 560 Silver Stars, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 22 Legion of Merit Medals, 15 Soldier's Medals, one Distinguished Service Medal, and eight Presidential Unit Citations. #GoForBroke

What’s better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Why the mighty Pearl Harbor Avenger, USS Bowfin (22-287), of c...
04/03/2021

What’s better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Why the mighty Pearl Harbor Avenger, USS Bowfin (22-287), of course! #NationalFindARainbowDay 🌈 ⁣

📸: Courtesy of @pan1da⁣ // Instagram

What’s better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Why the mighty Pearl Harbor Avenger, USS Bowfin (22-287), of course! #NationalFindARainbowDay 🌈 ⁣

📸: Courtesy of @pan1da⁣ // Instagram

#OTD 40 years ago the USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287), officially began her career as a museum ship, welcoming her first v...
04/01/2021

#OTD 40 years ago the USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287), officially began her career as a museum ship, welcoming her first visitors aboard. ⁣

📸: Sept. 1989 Park Dedication. (Left to right) Reverend Akaka, Jack Magarrity, Capt. Harvey Gray, Bob Tanner, Adm. Clarey, and Adm. Trost. ⁣

#OTD 40 years ago the USS Bowfin Submarine (SS-287), officially began her career as a museum ship, welcoming her first visitors aboard. ⁣

📸: Sept. 1989 Park Dedication. (Left to right) Reverend Akaka, Jack Magarrity, Capt. Harvey Gray, Bob Tanner, Adm. Clarey, and Adm. Trost. ⁣

Review from our recent visitor and travel blogger, Along for the Trip. “We took the kids to Hawaii a few years back and ...
03/31/2021

Review from our recent visitor and travel blogger, Along for the Trip.

“We took the kids to Hawaii a few years back and had a great time visiting several National Parks, playing on the beach, and slurping down shave ice. One stop was to the @pearlharbornps Memorial and it really surprised us with its impact, storytelling, and museums. If you get the chance to visit, don’t miss it. You might even catch a rainbow.” 🌈

Review from our recent visitor and travel blogger, Along for the Trip.

“We took the kids to Hawaii a few years back and had a great time visiting several National Parks, playing on the beach, and slurping down shave ice. One stop was to the @pearlharbornps Memorial and it really surprised us with its impact, storytelling, and museums. If you get the chance to visit, don’t miss it. You might even catch a rainbow.” 🌈

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11 Arizona Memorial Dr
Honolulu, HI
96818-3104

www.thebus.org

General information

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/

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:00
Thursday 07:00 - 17:00
Friday 07:00 - 17:00
Saturday 07:00 - 17:00
Sunday 07:00 - 17:00

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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/
Please help a sister ship! Please help! Patriot’s Point wants to sink Clamagore for an artificial reef. The Louisville Naval Museum wants her and is coming up with a long term plan to save her. Please get as many people as you can to print, sign and send this letter ASAP! https://www.facebook.com/groups/338689653415753/permalink/562090261075690/
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 !