If you’ve been following along at home, you know I spend my summers working with students in academic summer camps, as I’ve done for the last seven years. One of the trips that we go on every year is the USS Razorback, which is a World War II era submarine that’s open to the public for tours at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. At 448 pounds, the submarine was not a tour that I could go on because I simply didn’t fit through the vessel’s water-tight doors. I took that tour this year.
The USS Razorback was used actively by the United States from World War II into the 1970’s, when she was sold to Turkey. The Turkish Navy used her actively for another 31 years before she was decommissioned in 2001. The city of North Little Rock purchased the vessel in 2004, and in 2005 she was made available for tours. If you can fit through these doors, I encourage you to take the tour! It was very informative!