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USS Pampanito, San Francisco

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Military Museum · Ship
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Step aboard USS Pampanito, a veteran Balao-class submarine that allows you to see how crews lived and worked aboard the vessel during the World War II. Constructed in 1943 to meet America's need for advanced submarines, the craft helped patrol shipping lanes in the Pacific theater and on several occasions engaged and sunk Japanese ships. Visit this National Register of Historic Places-listed museum/ship, and explore the corridors and tight spaces where her crew spent months at a time at sea. You'll find bunk beds, periscopes, the engine room, the torpedo tube, and more inside; many mechanisms are still in working condition today. Plan your visit to USS Pampanito and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our San Francisco online trip builder.
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  • We were a family of four - with a 4 yr old and a 12 year old. This is highly recommended! No issues with our 4 year old navigating the ladders etc. The audio tour somehow did not play for me - maybe....  more
    We were a family of four - with a 4 yr old and a 12 year old. This is highly recommended! No issues with our 4 year old navigating the ladders etc. The audio tour somehow did not play for me - maybe....  more »
  • Great submarine to tour. Download the audio tour before you go in - you lose cell signal once you go below into the sub - and it's hard to go back out to download it when you're chasing 5 and 6 year....  more
    Great submarine to tour. Download the audio tour before you go in - you lose cell signal once you go below into the sub - and it's hard to go back out to download it when you're chasing 5 and 6 year....  more »
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  • I loved getting to see the inside of a submarine for the first time. It was fascinating. The audio tour was good, but I had to listen to most of it after I finished the tour, because I didn't want to get in the way of those touring behind me.
  • An excellent piece of World War II history. Actually being able to tour the vessel gives you a better perspective of what these men went through on a daily basis. Given the popularity of the pier, this is surprising not as busy as I would thought. Give it a visit if you're near.

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