USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Mission Statement: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park's mission is to restore and preserve the World War II submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287), and submarine-related artifacts on our grounds and in the Museum. Bowfin Park's parent organization, the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association (PFSMA), is a non-profit group that receives no state or federal funding.

Submarine: Visitors are given a walkman-style cassette player that narrates their tour as they explore this historic WWII submarine to imagine what life on board must have been like for her 80-man crew. USS Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942 and completed nine successful war patrols. For her wartime service she also earned both the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Unit Commendation. USS Bowfin was acquired from the U.S. Navy in 1979 and opened to the public in 1981. In 1986 she was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior. Dive into Bowfin's War Patrols. More info...


Museum: Explore the intriguing world of submarines, both past and present. Our 10,000 square foot Museum exhibits an impressive collection of submarine-related artifacts such as submarine weapon systems, photographs, paintings, battleflags, original recruiting posters, and detailed submarine models, all illustrating the history of the U.S. Submarine Service. Exhibits include a Poseidon C-3 missile that allows visitors to examine its inner workings. It is the only one of its kind to be on public display. Learn more about our Bowfin-related exhibits. More info...

Mini-Theater: Relax and enjoy submarine-related videos in our Mini-theater, which seats approximately 40 visitors.

Waterfront Memorial: Within Bowfin Park stands a public memorial honoring the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 submariners lost during WWII.


Class: Balao Submarine
Launched: December 7, 1942
At: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire
Commissioned: May 1, 1943
Length: 311 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 27 feet, 2 inches
Draft: 17 feet (surface trim)
Machinery: Diesel-Electric, General Motors/General Electric
Fuel Oil Capacity: 118,000 gallons
Maximum Speed: 21 knots (surface) / 10 knots (submerged)
Cruising Range: 22,000 miles
Maximum Depth: 400+ feet
Displacement: 1,525 tons
Armament: Ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, one 5-inch/25 caliber gun, one 40mm gun; one 20mm gun

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USS Bowfin Submarine
Museum & Park
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 423-1341
Fax: (808) 422-5201
Email: [email protected]


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