Exploring the USS Pampanito submarine in San Francisco

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USS Pampanito at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California USS Pampanito at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California

Explored Pier 39. ✔   Walked to Pier 45. ✔   Found a WWII Submarine. ✔  That's right. I said A World War II SUBMARINE. The USS Pampanito served for three decades before being retired but is perhaps most famous for its starring role as the fictional USS Stingray in the 1995 comedy film Down Periscope starring Kelsey Grammar.

The USS Pampanito

SO worth the $10 admission fee.

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
One laundry machine for 70+ men. How often do you really think they washed their clothes? (Also, only one shower too. Ditto for washing of bodies?)

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
This bunk is sandwiched between torpedoes. Yup. Better not toss and turn at night if you sleep there.

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
Torpedo tubes

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
A hatch. It's TEENY TINY. There are 4 or 5 of these to pass through when traversing the length of the sub -- these divide the sub into watertight compartments.

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
RED ALERT! The lighting on "the bridge" is red.

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
How would you like to sleep in such tight quarters? (You can't really see them from this photo, but the bunks go five rows deep to the left. Imagine the smell! Or don't.)

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
Kaboom!

  Turns out you can rent the submarine for overnight stays! How cool is that?

  flickr // pathfinderlinden

Christy

A girl juggling a job, a camera and an extreme case of wanderlust...

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