Bem vindo ao USS Pampanito

Já publicamos aqui post sobre submarino alemão de segunda guerra. Agora á a vez dos aliados com o Uss Pampanito.


Photo of Pampanito being towed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Come visit the USS Pampanito located at Pier 45, Fisherman’s Wharf. Pampanito is normally open to the public seven days a week. Hours and Directions

USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is open for visitors daily at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others. Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts approximately 110,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country. In addition to day time visitors, over 15,000 kids a year participate in Pampanito‘s educational day and overnight programs. Pampanito is a National Historic Landmark.


Photo of Pampanito's bow from the pier.
Welcome aboard the USS Pampanito online tour.

During the late 1930’s, the United States was gradually building up its fleet to the limits authorized by the Washington Naval Treaty. The pace quickened when in 1939 World War II began in Europe. However, it was the fall of France in June 1940 that caused the full mobilization of the nation. By the 7 Dec 1941 Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States had started an enlarged submarine building program. Pampanito was built in 1943 at the Navy Yard Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in just 9 months, and at a cost of 6 million dollars. She was one of the most advanced fighting systems of her day. By 1943, the role of U.S. submarines was to control the shipping lanes, gather intelligence, and a few special missions. The same roles played by submarines today. Far beyond any expectations at the start of the war, the U.S. Navy fleet submarines were instrumental in the Allied victory in the Pacific. Today, Pampanito serves as a museum and a memorial to the submarine service of the U.S. Navy — which we proudly call the “Silent Service”.

World War II submarines typically carried a crew of 70 men and 10 officers. The submarine service was a small, well trained, elite group. They represented less than two percent of all U.S. Navy personnel, and yet they were responsible for fifty-five percent of all Japanese tonnage sunk, including one third of their warships. This was not without cost, for the submarine force recorded the highest percentage of men lost in the U.S. military, 24%: more than 3500 men in 52 submarines did not return. They are said to be on eternal patrol. To this day all submariners are volunteers.

USS Pampanito and her crew were successful during her 6 war patrols in the Pacific. When the war ended she returned to San Francisco. From 1945-1960 she was unused, mothballed, but maintained to be reactivated if needed. From 1961-1970 she was used as a shore side training platform, never to dive again. After that she was again unused until she became a museum and memorial in 1982. With the exception of the hatch and ladders used by visitors to enter and leave her, the submarine is virtually as she was in 1945.

We hope this online tour will provide you with a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors aboard this remarkable vessel. It will also enable you visit some compartments that are not safely accessible because of the vertical ladders and confined space. We hope you will be able to visit Pampanito in person some day soon to experience life aboard a real World War II submarine.

Throughout the tour, click on the Quicktime Sound Icon Quicktime or RealAudio Sound Icon Real Audio or MP3 Sound Icon MP3 icons to hear sounds and stories. If you are planning a visit to Pampanito you can podcast the audio tour onto your iPod, MP3 player or computer.

Your virtual reality tour of the USS Pampanito begins on the Main Deck Aft. To provide the best experience possible without knowing what software is installed on your computer, or how fast your internet connection is, we have several viewing choices. (Fast photos works without Quicktime or Flash. It is great for iPad, slow internet connections and for visually impaired users with an Internet reader.)

Start the tour with:

If you have problems viewing the images, click for a free download of Apple Quicktime software. Or click for a free download of Adobe Flash.

Click on a compartment below to visit the tour in any order:
Outline of fleetsub showing each compartment.

Main Deck Aft After Torpedo Room Maneuvering Room Motor Room After Engine Room After Engine Room Lower Flats Forward Engine Room After Battery Compartment (Crews Berthing) Crew's Mess and the Galley Radio Room Control Room Conning Tower Pump Room Forward Battery (Officer's Country) Forward Torpedo Room Main Deck Forward Perisicope shears and antennas

This photograph of Pampanito headed out under the Golden Gate Bridge was taken by volunteer Bob Taylor in 1995 when the submarine was featured in the film Down Periscope. It had been fifty years since Pampanito sailed under the bridge.

Pampanito is being restored to a specific point in time, late summer, 1945, to represent the height of WW II submarine development. The Maritime Park Association has scoured the country in search of missing equipment and spare parts. Almost all of the missing items have now been replaced and much of the equipment on board has been restored to operation.

USS Pampanito completed her fourth maintenance drydocking since becoming a museum in Jan 2007. (See the Drydocking 2007 Press Release.) We are now seeking funding and preparing for her next drydocking. We also replaced her moorings in Oct 2010.

USS Pampanito - A Submarine and Her Crew
On Sale: USS Pampanito
A Submarine and Her Crew

For information about USS Pampanito – please drop us a note (attention: Pampanito)
For press/media information, please see the Press Room.

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