Launched: July 12, 1943
At: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Commissioned: November 6, 1943
Length: 311 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 27 feet, 4 inches
Draft: 17 feet (surface trim)
Displacement: 1,525 tons
Armament: Ten 21-inch torpedo tubes; one 4-inch/50 caliber gun; one 40 mm Bofors; one 20 mm Oerlikon gun
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
P.O. Box 470310
San Francisco, California 94147-0310
Tel: (415) 775-1943
Fax: (415) 441-0365
A World War II fleet submarine, Pampanito earned six battle stars for her service in the Pacific, sinking five vessels totalling 27,332 tons. Her biggest day came on September 12, 1944, when she and two other submarines surprised an 11-ship convoy and sank seven vessels. Later, Pampanito rescued 73 Allied prisoners of war who had been carried aboard the enemy transports.
Laid up after the war, Pampanito was acquired by the Maritime Park Association (formerly the National Maritime Museum Association) and opened to the public at Pier 45, near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Pampanito conducts youth group overnight encampments, as well as science and history education programs.
USS Pampanito is a National Historic Landmark.