Exploring the USS Pampanito Submarine in San Francisco

Explored Pier 39. ✔   Walked to Pier 45. ✔   Found a WWII Submarine. ✔   That’s right. I said A World War II Submarine. The USS Pampanito submarine 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 submarine in San Francisco
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
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

Torpedo tubes  

Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
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
Old phones were used to communicate with other sections
Wandering around the bridge of the USS Pampanito submarine, a must visit destination in San Francisco, California
RED ALERT! Yup, the lighting on “the bridge” is actually red
Exploring the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, California
RED ALERT! The lighting on “the bridge” is red….cannot miss that
The crew quarters and cramped bunk beds of the USS Pampanito submarine in San Francisco
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 -- check out the size of those guns!
KABOOM!   Check out the size of those guns on the deck of the USS Pampanito submarine in San Francisco, California

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

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