USS Bowfin Exterior

U.S.S. Bowfin, a retired World War II submarine, sits on permanent display at the U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park near the Pearl Harbor Naval Base on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. During nine tours of duty in the Pacific Ocean, from 1943 to 1945, the Bowfin's crew sank at least 16 Japanese ships. The submarine, which was retired in 1971, was restored largely through the efforts of retired submariners. The compact captain's quarters, filled with a narrow bunk, desk, and lockers, was the only private room on the submarine. The manoeuvering room held the controls for changing the speed of the ship. Levers here also controlled the batteries used to power the submarine when submerged.