USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial. The Pampanito is open for visitors daily at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. (Hours and Directions).
Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country. In addition to day time visitors, over 15,000 kids a year participate in Pampanito's educational day and overnight programs. Pampanito is a National Historic Landmark.
This photograph of Pampanito headed out under the Golden Gate Bridge was taken by volunteer Bob Taylor in 1995 when the submarine was featured in the film Down Periscope. It had been fifty years since Pampanito sailed under the bridge.
Pampanito is being restored to a specific point in time, late summer, 1945, to represent the height of WW II submarine development. The Maritime Park Association has scoured the country in search of missing equipment and spare parts. Almost all of the missing items have now been replaced and much of the equipment on board has been restored to operation.
We owe it to future generations to preserve our history, this includes on-going maintenance Pampanito. Museum ships are the only museum artifacts that are regularly stored in a corrosive environment (salt water.) Every seven years Pampanito must be dry-docked in order to inspect, paint and complete vital repairs to her hull.