USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park


Since the American Revolution, when a submarine was first used in combat, engineers have designed submarines primarily for warfare. During WW II, U.S. submarines sank more than 550 Japanese ships. The USS Bowfin (SS-287) was launched on December 7, 1942, exactly one year after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bowfin went on to sink 44 enemy ships, earning the nickname "Pearl Harbor Avenger." Decommissioned in 1971, she is one of only 15 surviving US WW II submarines. She has been fully restored and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Related exhibits include a Poseidon C-3 missile and a submarine conning tower.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Electrical, Mechanical
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In 1900, the U.S. Navy acquired a submarine developed by John Holland, thus creating the U.S. Submarine Force. The 54-foot-long submarine had a crew of six and a speed of 6 knots. She was propelled by a gasoline engine when on the surface and by electric motors powered by storage batteries when submerged.