USS Bowfin Exhibits
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Exhibits Overview

Outdoor Exhibits

Waterfront Memorial

Dedicated to the 52 submarines and more than 3,500 officers and crewmen lost during World War II. This memorial honors their enduring memory by telling the story of each lost submarine and listing those submariners lost in this epic struggle.

Regulus

Ever heard of receiving your mail via a missile? Sounds crazy, but...see a Regulus missile, the earliest attempt at taking missiles to sea on a submarine for deterrent purposes. This missile was the harbinger of things to come, paving the way for the Polaris “41 for Freedom’ Program that was one of the legs of the strategic Triad providing a protective deterrent umbrella for the United States during the Cold War. Check out this improvement on German World War II V-1 Bomb technology.

USS Parche (SS-384) - Conning Tower

On display is the conning tower of the famed World War II submarine USS Parche (SS-348). Visitors may walk through the cramped space from where submerged attacks were conducted, and also look through two periscopes mounted just outside the conning tower.

Kaiten

See a modified Imperial Japanese Navy Long Lance Torpedo that was improved to be a human guided torpedo approximately 54 feet long and over 18 tons with a 3000 pound warhead. Learn more about this exciting Japanese weapon and how it came into existence.

McCann Rescue Chamber

The only successful rescue of men from a sunken American submarine.. played a key role in saving 33 Officers and crew from the sunked USS Squalus in May 1939. Checkout the chamber and then see the artifacts in the museum that show the bravery of these intrepid heroes.

Indoor Exhibits

Battle Flags

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.

Poseidon Missile

How big is a ballistic missile? Imagine being on a submarine crew with 25 missiles ready to fire.  One is on display at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park with all of its electronics, hydraulics adn propulsion elements accessible.

Bowfin Artifacts

Bowfin Park features the World War II submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).  The Pacific Submarine Museum features a variety of Bowfin artifacts including flags and models, telling the story of Bowfin's nine successful war patrols.

 

Secrets of the Sub

Vargas Girls

Vargas  Girls

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Artist Alberto Vargas became famous for his WWII watercolors depicting beautiful pin-up girls. "Varga girls" were so popular that many different artists immitated Vargas’ technique and approach to the female figure: an idealized female form eliciting sensuality and seduction.  During the 1940’s his work was a hit amongst enlisted men who drew inspiration from them which inadvertently created high morale. The military was so influenced by this art that they adorned their vessels with it. Many military aircraft had Varga style girls decorating the nose of their planes, Varga girls were even printed on greeting cards and sent to enlisted men by their sweethearts. Inside the engine room aboard USS Bowfin, the crew posted a 1943 Vargas calendar, on which they doodled, wrote notes, and recorded their conquests of the sea.