USS BOWFIN (SS-287)
OPERATED OUT OF BRISBANE SUBMARINE BASE
DURING WW2

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US Navy submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287), under the command of CDR Joseph Harris Willingham, USN, left New London on 1 July 1943 headed for the Brisbane Submarine Base via the Panama Canal. USS Bowfin arrived in Brisbane on 10 August 1943 and was tied up alongside USS Fulton (AS-11) for post-voyage repairs and fitting out. The crew also underwent more gunnery training and fast deep-submergence practice dives off Brisbane. 

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USS Bowfin (SS-287)

USS Bowfin sailed on its first war patrol on 15 August 1943. Between September 1943 and June 1945, USS Bowfin sank 16 Japanese vessels totalling 67,882 tons. USS Bowfin was 95 metres long, with a beam of 8 metres. It had a range of 10,000 nautical miles. USS Bowfin is now located in a museum at Pearl Harbor

Model of USS Bowfin at the Queensland Maritime Museum

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