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 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
(and much much more)
Large gift-shop for your shopping needs
concession stand-- with outdoor lanai dining; right on the water!
According to the Associated Press and the Navy Times divers may have found Submarine Grenadier, which was lost during WWII. 😮 https://bit.ly/34zMAn6
Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II.
On November 1, 1943 Bowfin set forth on her second patrol -- from Fremantle towards the South China Sea with a new commanding officer, LCDR Walter Thomas Griffith. This was LCDR Griffith’s first war patrol as commanding officer, having served five years previously aboard USS Porpoise (SS-177).
November 9th just before 9:00 am the lookouts sighted a Japanese patrol bomber. The skipper ordered a crash dive just as the plane dropped two bombs near the submarine. The plane circled overhead for twenty minutes, then disappeared and Bowfin was able to surface again.
Upon surfacing, the lookouts sighted five schooners scattered around them. LCDR Griffith ordered an attack by the gunners who successfully sank four of the five with their deck guns before being forced under by a patrol plane.
Two days later Bowfin encountered two small tankers sitting low in the water, indicating they were near maximum capacity. Bowfin hit both vessels from the forward and aft torpedo rooms and set them ablaze. Putting a safe distance between herself and her targets, Bowfin watched from 20 miles away as both tankers “lit up like the Fourth of July”.
Over the course of this successful second patrol, Bowfin’s skipper and crew believed she sank 70,948 tons (nine large vessels plus five small craft). JANAC later credited USS Bowfin with just 26,458 tons sunk (five large vessels plus eight small craft). LCDR Griffith was awarded the Navy Cross and Bowfin was later awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. 💯
Wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween! 🎃
During WWII parents gave out apples, raisins, and doughnuts to trick-or-treaters instead of candy.
Some parts of the country were hit so hard by rationing, that children could not trick-or-treat at all. To combat this, parents hosted neighborhood block parties with activities like bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, and costume contests. Because of clothing shortages many Americans opted to make their costumes out of whatever materials were available. Country clubs and service organizations held costume balls and masquerades for adults and children alike.
Once the war was over and the Baby Boomers hit trick-or-treating age, the Halloween industry revved up. Candy companies pushed Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, introducing new candies and yearly sponsored television cartoons.
In the spirit of Halloween we are sharing a few ‘haunted’ experiences on and around Pearl Harbor and Ford Island -- accounts taken from Steve Barton’s “Cold Spots” feature.
There have been reports all around Ford Island of strange things, sounds, and presences that correspond to events of December 7, 1941. Ford Island residents have reported phantom voices and footsteps in their homes as well as moving objects, lights and electronics that turn on and off by themselves, and dark shadows that walk about aimlessly, only to vanish when approached. The airstrip also has a reputation, as visitors often report a real sense of panic and a strange glowing mist that floats about.
Perhaps the most well-known ghost on the site is Charley. His presence is so well documented that it isn’t uncommon for officers to respond “That’s just Charley” when they receive a report. Water faucets turn themselves on, radios have been turned on and their stations switched, and heavy doors have been observed to swing quickly back and forth. All of this accompanied by the jangling of keys and loud footsteps in empty hallways.
Whether paranormal or not, the feeling of loss and respect for the servicemembers past, permeates the air year-round making the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites a worthwhile visit.
“We’d like to thank the superheroes in our lives – the men and women, past and present, who serve in the United States military! They dedicate themselves everyday to our nation, our flag, and our freedom.
📸: Petty Officer 2nd Class Somers Steelman
Courtesy of @pacificparks
Pacific Historic Parks’ mission is to support the Pacific historic locations involved in World War II through education and interpretive programs, research, preservation, and restoration. With your help we can perpetuate the memory of events and honor the people involved in these sites.
To make a contribution👉 https://bit.ly/2RktKcb
The Battle of Leyte Gulf was the largest naval battle of World War II and one of the largest naval battles in history, with over 200,000 naval personnel involved.
The invasion of Leyte aimed to isolate Japan from the countries it had occupied in Southeast Asia. These countries provided vital supplies for the Japanese war machine.
From October 23-26, 1944, in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar, and Luzon, combined American and Australian forces fought the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Multiple smaller battles included the last battleship-to-battleship action in history, and impressive successes on behalf of US Submarines Darter and Dace, who sunk two heavy cruisers in Palawan Passage and damaged a third so severely it was declared irreparable.
In the end, Navy carriers and U.S. Army Air Forces aircraft drove Japan to retreat directly into a trap set by the Seventh Fleet. Of Japanese Vice Admiral Nishimura's seven ships, only one escaped, only to fall to the American submarine Blackfin on 24 January 1945.
Leyte Gulf was tremendously damaging and demoralizing for Japan. Though the Battle of Midway is more famous, the Battle of Leyte Gulf broke the back of the Japanese Navy and cost them more than Midway and the Coral Sea combined.
USS SHARK (SS-314) left Pearl Harbor on September 23, 1944 on her third war patrol.
On October 24, USS Seadragon received a message from Shark stating that she had made radar contact with a single freighter, and that she was going in to attack. This was the last message received from Shark.
Almost a month later, a dispatch reported that a Japanese ship enroute from Manila to Japan, with 1,800 American prisoners of war had been sunk on October 24 by an American submarine in a torpedo attack.
Since Shark gave Seadragon a contact report only a few hours before the sinking, it is possible that Shark made the attack described and was somehow lost after.
U.S. submarines on lifeguard duty searched for Allied survivors in the vicinity of all sinkings of Empire-bound Japanese ships. Shark may well have been sunk trying to rescue American prisoners of war when she was lost.
Shark is credited with sinking five ships, totaling 32,200 tons and damaging two, for 9,900 tons prior to her last patrol.
Sailors rest your oars!
Our #HiddenHistory series🔍 highlights artifacts not on public display.
Featuring letters sent to Mrs. Charlotte Brownlow, wife of Eugene Brownlow, Chief Commissary steward of USS Trout. We shared a picture of him (with his impressive beard and tattoos) in our #NoBeardDay post October 10th.
Brownlow was one of the older and more experienced sailors aboard USS Trout. The average age of a WWII submarine skipper was only 32
More than a few enlisted men lied about their age to join the Navy, and some were younger than 17. At 30 years old with 11 years submarine experience, Brownlow may have been seen as an older brother or even a father figure by the men he served with. He was a father at the time of Trout’s loss, married with a young family of his own.
Most of the letters sent to Mrs. Brownlow were from concerned mothers awaiting the return of their sons from duty aboard USS Trout (SS-202).
Mrs. Mollohan wrote:
𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘔𝘳𝘴. 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘭𝘰𝘸; 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘎𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵. 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩. 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘱𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘴𝘰𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘐 𝘢𝘮.
𝘔𝘳𝘴. 𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘦 𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘩𝘢𝘯
Sadly, during her 11th patrol, USS Trout and her crew were reported as presumed lost on April 17, 1944.
Prior to COVID-19 the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites (PHHS) were welcoming approximately 1.7 million visitors each year. PHHS includes the USS Arizona Memorial operated by the National Park Service and three private 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, which operate the Pacific Aviation Museum, the USS Missouri, and the USS Bowfin.
Because our doors have been closed due to two mandated shutdowns, we have lost our primary source of operating revenue. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated during this time.
Please help us to keep our lights on and continue our mission--to restore and preserve the WWII submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287) and the legacy of her crew, and to share the stories of the Silent Service with Hawaii and the world.
#OTD in 1944 -President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves Secretary of Navy James V. Forrestal's order for African American women to be accepted into the Naval Reserve.
Pictured: Frances Wills and Harriet Ida Pickens were sworn in as Apprentice Seamen by Lt. Rosamond D. Selle, USNR, at New York City. In December 1944, they became the US Navy's first African-American "WAVES" officers. ✨
Enjoy a brief history of personal grooming this national #NoBeardDay 🧔
In the early decades of the U.S. Navy most sailors kept clean-shaven, pulling their long hair back into a ponytail. It was common for American seafarers to adopt the British custom of dipping their ponytails in tar to keep them in place and out of the rigging—which may be the origin of “tars” as a nickname for sailors. It is also believed the practice led sailors to protect their uniforms from the improvised hair gel by adding a long collar to their shirts. The collar eventually was incorporated by the Navy and still exists today as the flap on the back of the distinctive “crackerjack” uniforms.
During WWII, most naval officers were still opting for that clean-shaven look. Submariners were more lax with their standards. Beards and mustaches were actually encouraged on submarines as a means of saving limited water.
The official ban of beards on naval installations and vessels (including subs) came about in 1984 under CNO James D. Watkins. Though many Cold War submariners will tell you that the order was often ignored. The order remains the same to this day, with some exception given to moustache and regimented beard growth.
#FlashbackFriday: June 7, 2011 sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) passes Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, and USS Bowfin as it prepares to moor in Pearl Harbor.
During an event unveiling plans to construct a new Navy museum in Washington, D.C Secretary of the Navy, Kenneth Braithwaite announced that the next Virginia-Class attack boat will be named after WWII submarine USS Barb (SS-220).
“And so today, in grateful memory of the Silent Service Sailors of World War II, and what the record of this great ship meant to the service, I am announcing that the next attack submarine, SSN-804, will be named USS Barb.” More here: https://bit.ly/3jVzyW0
Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite named the next Virginia-class attack boat after the famed World War II-era submarine USS Barb (SS-220) and a new destroyer after former Navy Secretary John Lehman in a Tuesday ceremony. Braithwaite announced the two new ship names during an event unveiling p...
Happy birthday U.S. Navy!⭐
It has been 245 years since the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force.
The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.
Harold G. Bowen served as Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Engineering and then as Chief of the Bureau in the 1930’s. In that position he modernized the Navy with such changes as high-pressure, high-temperature steam for propulsion, high-speed turbines, and alternating current.
On October 11, 1940 Bowman proposed a program for development of radio ranging equipment (radar) which formed the basis for the Navy’s pre-war development program. In addition to identification equipment and ship-based radar, this program included an airborne radar for surface search.
We hope that you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time. Despite the second mandated shutdown on Oahu, we have continued to execute our renovation project. We are happy to inform you that the construction phase of our renovation is complete -- we are now focusing efforts on exhibit installation.
Pacific Studio, our exhibit installer arrived on island and has hit the ground running. With the initial two containers delivered and four more anticipated in the next two weeks, Pacific Studio expects to complete the exhibit installation before the end of the year. The museum’s audio-visual (A-V) systems will be installed sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The A-V system will be tested and content will be loaded in early January 2021.
We are currently on track for a soft opening of our museum in mid to late January and a grand reopening in February – March. We will keep you updated as we progress through the installation process so stay tuned!
#OTD in 1942 The first three schools for enlisted WAVEs opened at Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Yeoman), Bloomington, Indiana (Storekeepers), and Madison, Wisconsin. (Radiomen).
40,000 posters and 40,000 car cards were printed to underscore the fact that WAVEs could serve in all areas of the Navy. 💪
Featuring WAVES recruitment poster by John Falter, 1943; Courtesy of Navy.Mil
#Throwback: A few years ago Instagram beauty influencer @tretyakovaelen
visited USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.
Here she poses in front of the 40mm Bofors Mark 2 Quad Gun; one of our many outdoor exhibits. 🌴
How long can a World War II submarine stay underwater?
In company with USS Tunny and USS Skate, USS Bonefish (SS-223) departed Guam on May 28, 1945 to conduct her eighth war patrol. This coordinated attack group, called Hydeman’s Hellcats included USS Bowfin. The mission, codenamed Operation Barney, was to transit the Tsushima Strait, test new FM mine-detecting sonar, and conduct offensive patrols in the Sea of Japan. One of the chief dangers of the Tsushima Strait was mines, which earned the participants in Operation Barney a second nickname, the Mighty Mine Dodgers.
Bonefish successfully transited Tsushima Strait and made rendezvous with Tunny on June 16, 1945. CDR Edge of Bonefish reported it had sunk one large transport and one medium freighter to date. On the morning of June 18, Bonefish requested permission to conduct a submerged daylight patrol in Toyama Wan, in the mid part of western Honshu, and having received it, departed for Suzu Misaki.
Bonefish was supposed to rendezvous with her fellow Hellcats on June 23, 1945, but she did not make this rendezvous, and Tunny was unsuccessful in contacting her.
On July 30, 1945, Bonefish was reported as presumed lost.
At this time, Bowfin’s skipper, Captain Alexander Tyree had a brother, VADM John A. Tyree Jr. serving in Washington D.C. John Tyree Jr. was also a decorated submarine commander (USS Finback), but at the time in a high administrative position of relative safety.
Due to radio transmitter trouble, the message received in Washington was that Bowfin was lost. As John Tyree Jr. struggled with how to tell his mother that his brother was gone, Bowfin reached Midway and the mistake was corrected.
Japanese records of anti-submarine attacks mention an attack made on June 19, 1945 in Toyama Wan. A great many depth charges were dropped, and wood chips and oil were observed. It is highly likely that this was the attack which sank Bonefish.
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞'𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫: Goal-oriented and flexible to meet the needs of the operation. Demonstrates desire to help the team succeed. People person that is guest service oriented.Comfortable in a sales role, meeting goals and supporting a driven & informed experience. Individual who brings excitement and opportunity to engage with the team and guests. Cashier and cash handling experience a plus.
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We miss you here at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
While the state of Hawaii is currently undergoing it's second lockdown your support is greatly appreciated. If you'd like make a donation to help keep us afloat during this time, please visit: https://bit.ly/2RNDdsH
📸 Video copurtesy @pacificparks
Codes and Ciphers
Alan Turing and his team of cryptologists from the Polish Cipher Bureau - Marian Rejewski, Jerzy Rozycki and Henryk Zygalski - cracked the ciphers of the Nazis' Enigma machine - a feat credited with shortening the war by two years.
The Germans, who had been using the technology since the late 1920s, believed the codes were impossible to crack.
Using a complicated system of rotors, the machine would encode messages before sending them via Morse code to another machine.
If the receiving machine had been programmed with the same settings - one of 158 million million million combinations - the message would be deciphered.
However the team of cryptologists, linguists, scientists and data analysts at Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire, led by Londoner Turing, were able to break it.
At its peak, the team was cracking 6,000 encrypted German Enigma messages every day - building on the principles set out by Rejewski, Rozycki and Zygalski.
In this video, curator Sarah Bellian explains how simple codes and ciphers are created and “deciphered”.
In order to comply with Mayor Caldwell’s latest emergency proclamation, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will temporarily close to the public as of the close of business on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. We will reopen to the public no earlier than Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Please Note: Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is subject to change.
Please monitor our website, social media posts, and e-newsletters for updates.
USS Bowfin's Education Director, Charles Hinman gives an inside look at WWII weaponry around the historic park.
𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐤𝐚𝐦𝐚‘ā𝐢𝐧𝐚 (𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥) 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬!
Now is the perfect time to visit the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. You and your family can enjoy a seemingly “private” and memorable experience due to the low tourist numbers. You'll learn all about submarine operations in World War II and have the opportunity to explore the WWII submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).
We are open 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Military, kama‘āina is $8 per adult and $4 per child 4-12. School group pricing is also available. For more information, call (808) 423-1341 or visit Bowfin.org.
How Artifacts are Acquired - Featuring H.U.R.L
Museum Curator Sarah Bellian explains the different ways in which a museum will receive artifacts (gifts, loans, etc).
Featuring our most recent artifact: a light from Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratories (HURL) - Pisces Submersibles Deep Sea Exploration Submarine.
TBT: To Service Systems Associates (gift shop partners) inventory team posing with Captain Merkel on the brow. 🙃
We miss working with this silly bunch!
📸 cn_rainbows // Instagram
Robert Beynon - Most Memorable Patrol
Bowfin crew member Robert P. Beynon EM3, shares his most memorable patrol experience aboard USS Bowfin (SS-287).
Interviewed by HonorNavyVets.com
75th Anniversary of VE Day
Today is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) -- commemorating the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Read more: https://bit.ly/3ccgMWC
Executive Director Message
Although we are temporarily closed for your safety, we have educational and historical resources available with you on social media and on our website.
Checkout our online digital resource #BOWFINandBEYOND -- providing informational about World War II and US Naval history to you in the comfort of your home. www.bowfin.org/news
Commemorating National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
and the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
Been awhile since you’ve visited? With the expansion, a lot is changing. However, rest assured that our submarine and submarine tour remain the same.
And for those of you missing us here at Pearl Harbor, sneak a glimpse through the TBT from our submarine deck.
Video from our guest Daniel Sanchez Silva. 🌈
Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum
Our wonderful museum is getting a much needed makeover! ✨
The new state-of-the-art museum will offer an interactive, living memorial. This will be a place for veteran submariners to take their families and share their history; a place for civilians to learn about the personal sacrifices made by service members; a place for students to explore the technologies and engineering feats that make the US Submarine Force the best in the world and, a place for our local community to embrace and share it’s history. 🇺🇸
In order to maximize the impact of our project, we are looking to our submariner community for support. If you or your organization would like to donate to our Capital Campaign, please click here 🙏👉 https://bit.ly/2KkBEzV
Visited USS Bowfin the morning. Waiting for Hurricane Lane to arrive. Please take precautions. Stay safe and we’ll see you when we reopen.
Strike Percussion Ensemble performed here today! They did an excellent job! In addition, they held a flag ceremony at the completion of their performance that was nicely done. Thank you to all of the members of the band, band director, staff and chaperones; the kids were great! 🎶🇺🇲️😃
Ok friends, I don’t post videos often but this one is worth your time. Thanks to John Paul Nening who came to our evening event featuring Terry Kerby from Hawaii Undersea research Lab. His team was responsible for locating the Japanese I-400 super Submarine. He edited it at my request and a big Mahalo goes to him!
Delton E. Walling
Delton E. Walling, a Pearl harbor survivor from USS Pennsylvania BB 38, gave the last remarks for the Freedom Bell Ceremony - a personal experience of that fateful day.
Aloha, we are being entertained today by the Cupertino High School choir.
Aloha, we're so fortunate to have some many high school bands visit the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. Today we are being entertained by the Grand Rapids High School band.
Aloha. We're being entertained by the Hortonville High School band from Hortonville WI.
Aloha, we're being entertained today by the Pelion High School band.
Aloha, Starting the day with our National Anthem performed by the Appleton North High School band.
Aloha and enjoy.
A better one. It has the complete National Anthem.
Aloha, It is going to be a beautiful day at Pearl Harbor Hawaii and the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. Hope you are able to visit us.
Aloha, we were fortunate to be serenaded by the Texas International High School Wind Symphony and Texas International Community Band this weekend. They have performed internationally and at Normandy Beach.
Did you see all the The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in the video? Can you name them all?
Aloha, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park was honored to be serenaded by the Melemai Kapu'u Waimai Coral Group today on Independence Day.
Aloha, we were fortunate to be entertained by the Cherokee Charmers High School Dance Team from Texas.
Aloha, The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park was honored to have our Thanksgiving commenced with a visit from the Metea Valley Illinois High School band.
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.
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.
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 !