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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

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Military Museum Ship
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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  • Having a great interest in anything WW2 related and in particular the far eastern war this visit for me was an unbelievable treat! the audio tour explains in detail from the stern to the aft this piec...  more »
  • A great tour of a WW2 Submarine. You get a audio set at the ticket booth, but remember to talk to the veterans on board. They are the ones with the interesting stories and further information. It may ...  more »
  • A short tour of a real World War II submarine. The caption of 80 Men, 75 days, no showers. An incredible tribute to the brave men of the 1940's and the conditions of submarine life. Makes your truly a...  more »
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  • During our last trip to SF we decided to tour the USS Pampanito. I love history and wow I'm glad we did this. It was very cool and interesting to walk an old submarine and see how men use to live on these. It's really humbling to walk around and touch some of history with your own hands. We will definitely come back for another tour.
  • I'm a history buff. WW II is one of my favorite periods. This visit to a maintained submarine from that time was an experience I will not forget. I was lucky enough to have bumped into "Grampa Sam" and toured the boat with this former submariner who served on a submarine exactly like the Pampanito. This boat was a trip back in time to a period of U.S. history that cannot be forgotten. This is a MUST SEE while your in San Francisco. You'll get to see nearly the whole boat! From the torpedoes to the mess, the toilets to the combat center! This is a rare and unique experience you should not pass up.
  • Great history lesson, only complaint is the audio device I was given was an iPod shuffle that was easy to change tracks and get ahead or start over. Might have just been mine, but one other in our group had it happen to him once.
  • You can surely feel the history and USS submarine saved many life of people inside and outside It can carried 85 crue members of navy in submarine and it is 311 ft long
  • Superb historical attraction. Lets you imagine what living in a submarine must have been like. Next time you see Clark Gable in black and white submarine movie you will not help but contrast the reality of these small spaces.