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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

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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. Plan your visit to USS Pampanito and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Francisco online trip builder .
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  • We decided not to enter because we had already been in a submarine in New York and believe that not worth the price that pay. Pero for take a look des dock, it's interesting enough
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  • We went to the USS PAMPANITO and surprised the good state of the submarino.quizas I would have liked to have more explanations of its facilities since I understand that putting a guide is complicated because the space is very small. At the end of the tour there's a couple of Veterans of war (not is if served in the pampanito, I don't think so because of his age) that cordially answered us our questions. A little expensive entrance (U$ S 28 U$ S 20 students). care, veterans or free soldiers. It is not a walk for elderly or disabled.
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  • This was the first time we had toured an actual WWII submarine. It was fascinating. The small space that accommodated the crew and all the actual things they could do is unbelievable. A real look at w...  more »
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  • As soon as you descended down to the submarine you immediately gained a great sense of appreciation for the brave men who served on the ship. The audio tour provided a great background and first hand account of the veterans who served on the Pampanito and lived through the war. The museum serves as a great reminder of the the sacrifices made to preserve freedom and peace.
  • Unique experience than any other war ships class (and it is rare to see a SS with main gun), teaches you never become a crew member of submarine. Be aware this kind of war machine tour is really just for military fans, especially this one: if you don't listen the narration, the tour can be done within 5 minutes. You cannot operate any weaponary or engine(of course).
  • The tour of this sub was ok. It was fun to see the close living quarters and cramped space these men had to deal with while navigating the ocean, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite. For me, it was too small and I enjoyed just walking through quickly. If you don’t mind close quarters and walking around while swaying in the water, you may love learning about the history behind it. For me it isn’t something I’d do again. I would have much preferred to your the large ship with more space and time to tell more history.
  • Loved the tour. The ship is kept in great condition. Need to see to truly appreciate the life of those brave sailors. Great experience!
  • Very cool experience to see an actual war vessel in person. It definitely gives you more perspective of what the men must have felt like living in the sub for weeks/months at a time.
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