U.S.S. Razorback – still shipshape after all these years!
Miki and I decided to head across to the other side of the Arkansas river to explore the Inland Maritime museum, whose prized exhibit was the U.S.S. Razorback, a World War 2 submarine with an impressive history. The best part was, we were allowed to explore the submarine itself, descending into its depths as it lay at anchor on the river.
This diesel-powered sub was built in 1943, and was present at the signing of ther Japanese surrender at Pearl Harbour in 1945. It saw action in not only WW2, taking out Japanese ships and saving American airmen, but also in Vietnam and Korea.
It was sold to the Turkish navy in 1970, and remarkably, saw service until 2002, when it was decommisioned and bought by the State of Arkansas to be turned into a museum. The only reason it didn’t make the journey home under its own steam is that the U.S. Navy won’t allow a functioning submarine to go into the Private sector, so it was towed across the Atlantic minus its propellors, which are now exhibited at the entrance to the museum.
The fact that this submarine could still work 67 years after it was built is a testament to the quality of American engineering. It was incredibly moving , having explored this vessel to see its old Captain as an old man revisiting the sub in a documentary film in the museum, moved to tears to be reunited with his old command. A wonderful day out!
Why not check out my report on a musical night out at The Parrot Beach Cafe over on moore:music HERE?