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USS Torsk, Baltimore

#13 of 38 in Museums in Baltimore
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Ship
USS Torsk, hull number SS-423, is a Tench-class submarine built for the United States Navy during World War II. Armed with ten torpedo tubes, the Tench-class submarines were incremental developments of the highly-successful Gato-class submarines that formed the backbone of the US Navy's submarine force during the war. Torsk was laid down at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in June 1944, was launched in September that year, and commissioned in December.

In 1945, Torsk made two war patrols off Japan, sinking one cargo vessel and two coastal defense frigates. The latter of these, torpedoed on 14 August 1945, was the last enemy ship sunk by the United States Navy in World War II. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, she operated primarily as a training vessel; she also went on deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and helped to train elements of the Atlantic Fleet in anti-submarine tactics. Decommissioned in 1964, she served for another seven years as a training vessel for the Naval Reserve. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in December 1971 and turned over to the state of Maryland for use as a museum ship. She is now part of the historic fleet of Historic Ships in Baltimore.

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  • The Torsk is a living chapter out of history ·-- not distant history, but our American history of living memory. See and feel just how the submariners lived and fought; school groups can arrange for.....  more »
  • If you are on the Inner Harbor, the Torsk is well worth the time. No worries and no claustrophobia. It is a very educational tour.  more »
  • Very interesting museum, learned a lot about submarine life here. The self-guided tour is one of my favorite experiences in Baltimore to date. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something to do in the Inner Harbor.
  • This was my favorite experience in Baltimore and one of my tops world wide. You can actually go down and explore the whole first level of the submarine, including the torpedo room that sunk the final enemy ships in WWII. Very cool...and shocking to see the living quarters. Unique experience back in time on a special battleship.

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