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

Victory At Cost

Victory at a cost

During World War II, The United States Submarine Force, encompassing less than 2% of the U.S. Navy's fleet, inflicted destruction on Japanese maritime power. U.S. submarines were responsible for sinking over 30% of the Japanese Navy including eight aircraft carriers, one battleship and eleven cruisers.  More importantly, the Submarine Force sank 2,400 Japanese merchant ships totaling 4.9 million tons.

Chart of Enemy Ships

However, this success did not come without risk. Out of a total of 14,000 submariners who fought in peril under the sea took losses of over 3,500 officers and men.  Approximately one in four submariners never returned.

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The USS Bonefish submarine plaque is one of fifty-two memorials at the Waterfront Memorial at Bowfin Park.