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Offline Lance Dean

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What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« on: March 01, 2008, 05:07:39 PM »
I'd like to add a small section somewhere on this site about the uniqueness of each submarine museum.

Help me out and list what you know here!

For starters, I believe the USS Drum is the oldest of the submarine museums listed here, and she has a Balao class conning tower.

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 08:16:43 PM »
You are almost right lance. The Drum is the oldest U.S. Submarine left and it was the first Gato class commissioned and the first to sink 4 ships or more on its first patrol and I believe the first submarine to be opened as a museum, feel free to correct me on that one if I am wrong. Also the first ship it sank was the largest up to that time.

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 09:37:50 PM »
The uniqueness about the Batfish: For starters, she is on dry land. lol. Has the U.S.S. Shark memorial there, the 52 subs memorial, a SubVet meeting place attached, and tons of artifacts. Not to mention that the Batfish is the only submarine to have sank three enemy submarines, and in under 72 hours. I found (while looking through the artifacts) the page from the 3rd Japanese submarine's logbook, it was really cool.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 11:19:13 PM »
Travis, could you when convienent, take a better picture of the Shark SS-174 plaque and send it to me. The bigger the better? I can take good sized files at my yahoo address.  The one I found online isnt that good.  I hadn't seen it anywhere and will add it to the sub memorial Map along with some info I do have on the Shark. Also, if anyone there might know about the plaque and when it was put up, please pass that along also. I am glad that it is up. We had it listed as having nothing up for the Shark yet.  You can email me at sub_ssn589@yahoo.com   Thanks for mentioning that it was there.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2008, 12:33:55 AM »
Bill - I can get you a high quality photo next Saturday.  It will look better then.  We just prepped the bases to be repainted and will repaint next Saturday.  Send me an email to ussbatfish@yahoo.com and put SHARK MEMORIAL in the subject line and I'll have you a digital photo next Saturday evening.

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2008, 12:37:38 AM »
Mark, that will be great. Thanks for doing this and for all that you guys do.  Any pictures you have of work on the Batfish, pass them along and we'll get them up on our SOS web page. I sent you the email.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2008, 12:50:01 AM »
Thanks Mark. Viejo, I would have done it for you but I live in Colorado so im glad that Mark Allen can help out. Here is a picture I took of it, but it is not that good. What it is, is a map of the area with a marker for where they were lost, with all the names of the crewman.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2008, 12:53:14 AM »
Travis, thanks.  Mark is going to take some pictures after finishing up with doing some painting and so forth.  Main thing is we have it up so people know it is there.  I also put up on the LIB Page a link to the Batfish Web Page. Glad we are getting all these places listed for people to find.  We have had almost 26,000 people look at our web page, so the links do get looked at.
Thanks to all of you guys for the help and the work you do.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2008, 12:59:46 AM »
That is great! Last summer when I would give tours at the Batfish, people were just awed by the facts I told them about the amount of tonnage we sunk, and how the men lived. They kept saying "Are you serious?" It was great being able to inform so many people.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2008, 01:12:21 AM »
Yes yes yes!  This is what I want to happen with ALL the sub museums.  If we can just get 'em here...

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2008, 01:29:14 PM »
The Torsk:

Most dives ever made and surfacing also ::)

Sunk the last Japanese vessel during WWII.  Used a "cutie" to do the job.
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2008, 02:29:11 PM »
The Torsk:

Most dives ever made and surfacing also ::)

Sunk the last Japanese vessel during WWII.  Used a "cutie" to do the job.

Wow, 11884 career dives, that's a lot!

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2008, 05:00:56 PM »
The Razorback is the latest submarine to be added to the museum subs inventory.
She has the distinction of having the most years in service among all the museum subs around the world.
Only one sub (still in commission) has longer service.  Can anyone name that sub?
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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 05:06:05 PM »
The Razorback is the latest submarine to be added to the museum subs inventory.
She has the distinction of having the most years in service among all the museum subs around the world.
Only one sub (still in commission) has longer service.  Can anyone name that sub?
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    Jim

Jim, how many years did the Razorback have in service in the USA and how many in the Turkish navy?

And on your trivia question, I have heard but cannot recall which sub it is.

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Re: What's unique about your favorite submarine museum?
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2008, 01:55:04 AM »
OK, USS COD:

the least modified sub on display (is RAZORBACK going to cut open her pressure hull? If so, we can get back to saying the last fully intact fleet sub on display... but with RAZORBACK using her hatches, we can't).

COD is the Martha Stewart sub (any challengers?) I got bed spreads, china, etc. to prove it!  ::)

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