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USS Albacore Museum, Portsmouth

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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.
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  • We drove past this on the way to a habor cruise and just had to stop by. The boat is in excellent condition and is rich in history. Truely unique, the USS Albacore is a test submarine, and... 
    We drove past this on the way to a habor cruise and just had to stop by. The boat is in excellent condition and is rich in history. Truely unique, the USS Albacore is a test submarine, and...  more »
  • We made a pit stop here on our way up to Maine. Very cool experience for the kids and parents to check out. We learned a few things too. It’s important these things stick around, receive funding... 
    We made a pit stop here on our way up to Maine. Very cool experience for the kids and parents to check out. We learned a few things too. It’s important these things stick around, receive funding...  more »
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  • 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.....
  • Wow, so much fun, and we were two adults visiting. I bet kids will enjoy even more! You can interact and touch some of the equipment which makes it so much more interesting! Everything is so tight and small, you might feel a bit suffocating at times, so if you don't like small spaces I'd avoid.

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