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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

Categories: Military Museums, Ships, Museums, Tourist Spots
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Step aboard USS Pampanito, a veteran Balao-class submarine that allows you to see how crews lived and worked aboard the vessel during the World War II. Constructed in 1943 to meet America's need for advanced submarines, the craft helped patrol shipping lanes in the Pacific theater and on several occasions engaged and sunk Japanese ships. Visit this National Register of Historic Places-listed museum/ship, and explore the corridors and tight spaces where her crew spent months at a time at sea. You'll find bunk beds, periscopes, the engine room, the torpedo tube, and more inside; many mechanisms are still in working condition today. By using our San Francisco vacation generator, you can arrange your visit to USS Pampanito and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • Visited on a whim because the Alcatraz tour was sold out and we had time to kill. Give yourself about 45 minutes to walk through and really take time to see every detail of this restored wartime subma...  read more »
  • The submarine USS Pampanito is located at Pier 45 Fisherman's Wharf. It is a submarine of the second world war and if you like that kind of things and see inside the submarine is interesting because it is decorated and everything and in its time. It is expensive 16 dollars the entry and it is a bit claustrophobic.
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  • Great museum piece and good narrated tour. Atmospheric and gave a good perspective of how men went to war and fought in the Pacific. How anyone could fight and live in a claustrophobic tin can for wee...  read more »
  • To walk the halls where veterans were busy protecting freedom is truly humbling. The experience is elevated even more with the audio tour for an extra fee. I visited because I had an online coupon and happy I did. The submarine has steep stairs and small doorways. It is part of the experience as you reflect on this submarine as a crew's workplace. As I said, the audio tour makes this visit truly worth it with first hand (or second hand) accounts of living and working on this ship. The sound effects of engine room, mess hall, etc. help accentuate the feeling of being there during active duty. I highly recommend the audio tour - be sure your device works well as my headphone cord was lose and had audio in one ear for most of the time. I visited mid week in July and there were only 4 people on the ship including my party of two. Worked well for taking pictures without others in the way.
  • Really cool although not what I consider cheap at $40 for a family on a self guided tour. The ship is really neat though and the fact that it's not locked down from a safety/liability stand point is refreshing in today's world. I'd do it again. Bathrooms were clean and exhibits were in good repair.
  • Very impressive visit to a WWII veteran. The tour was standalone with an iPod, but upon entering the command centre there was a silent service veteran who could tell much more and with much detail. Due to my interest in WWII I have seen much about submarines and U-boats, but really being in one brings up much respect for the people who served and are serving in this branch. The confined space and hearing that the U-VII was half the size also earned more respect for these brave people all over the world who dared going to sea in these vessels. The headphone was not working properly and I could only hear on the left side. When I told the employer at the entrance he said sorry but laid the set back with the rest. So do check if the headset is working properly or bring your own earphones. For the rest nothing more than a very impressive visit and view in the past.
  • Amazing place for those who are interested in submarine and WWII history. There is also an overnight program for scouts and other groups which is a once in a lifetime experience.
  • self guided tours. They have headphones and every compartment you come across inside the submarine is a new audio to listen to. Great historical site to visit!
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