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National Register #86000089: USS Pampanito Submarine in San Francisco
11 May 2005
National Register #86000089: USS Pampanito Submarine in San Francisco
29 July 2005
Photographed From Foredeck of SS Jeremiah O'Brien
National Register #86000089: USS Pampanito Submarine in San Francisco
11 May 2005
Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and East Bay Hills in Background

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National Register #86000089
USS Pampanito Submarine
Pier 45 At Fisherman's Wharf
North Waterfront
Built 1943

USS Pampanito (SS 383) was built by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was commissioned on November 6, 1943. She is a fleet type submarine of the Balao class. Her deck is of teakwood and her exterior is painted haze gray and black. She is a pre-snorkle type submarine, operating underwater on batteries, and powered by four engines with a diesel system delivering 6,400 horsepower.

Specific ship data concerning USS Pampanito is:

 Length:312 feet
 Beam:27 feet
 Displacement:1,500 tons
 Submerged Displacement:2,415 tons
21 knots surface
10 knots submerged
Ten 21" torpedo tubes (6 forward, 4 aft)
Twenty-four torpedoes (Mark 14 and Mark 18s used)
One 4" 50mm deck gun
Two 20mm guns
 Fuel Capacity:118,000 gallons
 Cruising radius:22,000 miles
 Test Depth:600 feet
The crew consisted of 75 officers and enlisted men berthed in every available space, including, over the torpedo tubes. The submarine escaped the guppying process (the complete exterior and interior alteration that most World War II boats experienced after the war) and retains her original design and fittings. The boat is in excellent condition and is now open to the public as a museum ship at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco....from National Register Nomination Form
Visit the official USS Pampanito (SS-383) website.

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