USS Bowfin NHL: National Submarine Day

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Happy National Submarine Day! Senator Thomas J. Dodd introduced a bill to designate April 11th as National Submarine Day in 1969. This date commemorates the United State’s purchase of the USS Holland, the fleet’s first modern submarine. The US purchased the Holland in 1900!

The USS Bowfin launched a year after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor (and four decades after the Holland.) She served in the Pacific during World War II and also during the Korean War. After the wars, the Navy used her for training exercises until she retired back to Pearl Harbor in 1971.

This short video provides an introduction to the USS Bowfin

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park in Pearl Harbor houses the now decommissioned sub. It is right next to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center and offers tours for a separate admission fee. The Bowfin itself is a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places, but the museum is not part of the National Memorial next door.

 USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
The Waterfront Memorial is dedicated to the 52 submarines and more than 3,600 officers and crewmen lost during World War II.
An interesting look at one of the museum’s artifacts.

Location: 11 Arizona Memorial Dr, Honolulu, HI 96818
Designation: National Historic Landmark
Date Designated/Established: January 14, 1986
Date of my visit: April 20, 2019