U.S.S. Albacore: Forerunner of the Future (Publication (Portsmouth Marine Society),25.) (Publication by Robert P. LargessWith her tubby blimplike ?teardrop? or ?body of revolution? hull, USS Albacore was the first wholly streamlined submarine. She twice claimed the record for highest submerged speeds in the world. Built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1952-53, she made 27 knots at a time when no other submarine could do much better than 18 knots submerged.
Things to Do in Portsmouth: USS Albacore Museum
I immensely enjoyed the tour. It was very educational and the sub has been maintained in is original condition. I was pleased to know that I could take as much time as needed to complete the tour. The staff personnel was kind and knowledgeable. The museum had many interesting artifacts. I particularly enjoyed the ship plaques that lined the hall.
The U. Albacore is currently beached on solid ground in Albacore Park, Portsmouth , New Hampshire , and has been since Retired since , the foot submarine spent the better part of two decades acting as a research sub during the Cold War race for the perfect underwater warship. Along with experiments in sonar, radar, code-breaking, and a variety of coatings for the hull, even the hull itself was an experimental tear-drop shape made of high-strength steel. How fast could the Albacore go? While some of her operations were publicized, much of what the sub could do was kept classified. After an eventful 20 years of exciting submarine action, she was decommissioned in after repeated diesel engine failures.
The USS Albacore is a test submarine that was donated to the Navy in for the purpose of researching experimental features and new technologies. Today, after nearly 20 years of service, it is open to the public as a museum in Albacore Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tours are self-guided and enhanced by audio recordings of former crew who describe their lives aboard the vessel. Each tour begins outside the ship with a series of five audio recordings on informative podiums, and continue with eleven additional stations inside the ship. A memorial garden adjacent to the Visitor Center honors the members of the United States Submarine Service who gave their lives for their country. The memorial garden is home to several granite monuments, which honor the submarines that were lost in World War II and the Cold War.
The third Navy vessel to bear the name, the Auxiliary General Submarine AGSS Albacore holds a place in history as the first Navy-designed vessel with a true underwater hull of cylindrical shape that has become the standard for today's submarines worldwide. Designed, built and maintained by the skilled engineers and craftsmen of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Albacore served as a sea-going test platform from to Albacore's teardrop-shaped hull was the prototype for the Navy's nuclear powered submarine force and was the first boat built specifically to operate underwater.
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Plus, submarines are cool. Violette, the museum's fourth director and its first woman, began her post in mid-July. Her positions ranged from curator of education to interim director to event planning and fundraising. Violette is an Augusta, Maine, native and now lives in Newmarket. She has a master's in education from Thomas College, and her undergraduate degree in history from University of Southern Maine in Portland.