The men turned out to be British and Australian sailors who’d been captured by the Japanese — tragically, they had been passengers aboard a convoy ship the Pampanito had just helped sink.
The USS Pampanito is one of the most accessible museum submarines in the world, adjacent to one of the most touristy spots of a one of America’s top tourist destinations.
Now, as a museum ship, the Pampanito is one of the most easily accessed submarines you can tour.
As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.
Given Pampanito’s condition and location, she has been used as a stand-in for other WWII-era submarines.
With six wartime patrols, multiple ships sunk, and dozens of POWs rescued, the USS Pampanito has a fascinating story.
In the ’60s she was a training ship for the Naval Reserve, then in 1975 she was converted to her current life as a museum ship in San Francisco.
The Pampanito pulled 73 men from the water and was able to radio for other subs in its wolfpack to come and do the same.
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