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USS Albacore Museum, Portsmouth

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History Museum · Specialty Museum
USS Albacore was a unique research submarine that pioneered the American version of the teardrop hull form of modern submarines. The revolutionary design was derived from extensive hydrodynamic and wind tunnel testing, with an emphasis on underwater speed and maneuverability. She was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the albacore.Her keel was laid down on 15 March 1952 by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard of Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 1 August 1953, sponsored by Mrs. J.E. Jowers, the widow of Chief Motor Machinist's Mate Arthur L. Stanton, lost with the second Albacore , and commissioned on 6 December 1953 with Lieutenant Commander Kenneth C. Gummerson in command.The effectiveness of submarines in World War II convinced both the Soviets and the United States Navy that undersea warfare would play an even more important role in coming conflicts and dictated development of superior submarines. The advent of nuclear power nourished the hope that such warships could be produced. The effort to achieve this goal involved the development of a nuclear propulsion system and the design of a streamlined submarine hull capable of optimum submerged performance.
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  • This was a highlight of our visit to the area. The audio explanations using voices of former crew members bring to life the research submariners' experiences. A humbling window onto the knowledge and....  more »
  • Very interesting to tour the sub - you get to walk all through it. There are audio stations throughout that you stop and listen to, including commentary from people who'd actually served on the sub.....  more »
  • LOVED IT! First time in a submarine and the audio tour was neat. I liked looking for the next red button. Amazing gift shop. Signed up for the membership because it wasn't much more than a ticket and it said it helps the cause. Worth it.
  • It was cool enough to get to climb through a submarine. But in addition, there is a self guided audio tour that further explains what you're seeing as you scoot through. In addition, the museum employee was friendly and helpful in answering questions. It's a pretty quick place to visit, but I really enjoyed it! You do have to climb through tight areas, so make sure you'd be comfortable doing that.

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