The Need to Knows:
- The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park can be found within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center complex, the same place in which the USS Arizona Memorial is located. Here is the Bowfin's exact location:
- The Bowfin is open daily from 7AM to 5PM with the last admission to the submarine being at 4:30PM. It's closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
- The cost of admission for the USS Bowfin and the USS Bowfin Museum is $12 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, and $8 for military, seniors, and kama'aina. Museum only access is $5 for adults and $4 for children.
- Children under 4 are not permitted onto the submarine itself, although they may visit the museum at no charge.
- Because the Bowfin is within the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, no bags are allowed on the premises. Lockers are available for use for $3 each.
- Audio tours are included in the price of admission for the submarine and the museum.
- Be sure to wear closed toe shoes (especially if you are also going to see the USS Missouri) just so it's easier to maneuver inside the submarine and successfully avoid the "kneeknockers"!
- If you'd like to know more about the Bowfin or even make a donation, check out their official website at Bowfin.org.
|One of the Bowfin's engine rooms|
|The aft torpedo room complete with enormous torpedos|
|Torpedo tubes in the aft torpedo room|
|Aft end of the Bowfin, facing the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri|
While my parents and I were visiting the Bowfin during their Oahu trip last year, they remembered that my stepgrandfather's brother, Ira, was lost on a submarine that foundered off the coast of Oahu during WWII, killing all 49 men aboard. We searched for his name at the Waterfront Memorial in Bowfin Park that is dedicated to lost WWII submarines and were thrilled to discover not only his name, but also exactly which boat he served on. My mom then told me about some pictures that my grandmother had back home of Ira and even of the other submariners from his boat. From the Bowfin's own website, I also eventually learned of OnEternalPatrol.com and the amazing efforts put forth to remember all of our lost submariners before, during, and after WWII.
|My relative's boat's memorial in Waterfront Park|
|My relative Ira, on the left, with a friend, taken sometime in 1943 and probably here in Hawaii|
|The crew of the USS S-28, date and location unknown|
|The Bowfin Museum|
|Model of the USS Bowfin|
|Area of the museum showcasing the use of deep sea submersible vehicles to discover underwater wrecks|
|Screenshot of my relative's page from the OnEternalPatrol.com website|
|View of the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri from Bowfin Park|