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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. Plan to see USS Albacore Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Portsmouth trip itinerary website.
USS Albacore Museum reviews
This is a self tour walk through of a research submarine. Press A button at various stops for the information. Interesting history. Makes you appreciate the hard work of our military.
This is a self tour walk through of a research submarine. Press A button at various stops for the information. Interesting history. Makes you appreciate the hard work of our military. more »
This museum is a very easy way to learn a vast amount about the research that was done via boats like the Albacore to make our modern day submarine fleet the best it can be. This is a very good stop.... more
This museum is a very easy way to learn a vast amount about the research that was done via boats like the Albacore to make our modern day submarine fleet the best it can be. This is a very good stop.... more »
This was an amazing museum. The family had been to many navel ship museums and this is our first submarine. With me being 6'3" tall it really shows myself and the family how tight spaces are and were for people on subs. They also had another ship sitting in the parking lot. Too bad we couldn't climb through it. The memorial park at the opposite end of the museum was nice. Hope to find and explore more submarine museums on our travels. Nachos.....
This was a great and fascinating part of history. We loved exploring this and learning about not only the USS Albacore but many other subs as well. This was kid friendly and they had a gift shop. We went on a rainy day and it was really nice to have not only myself but the kids learn about a part of their state!
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