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The USS Silversides was commissioned in the U.S. Navy on December 15, 1941, just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

She served along the coast of Japan and the East China Sea, patrolling key enemy shipping routes with a mission to stop raw materials and supplies from going to Japan (like oil, coal, food, etc.).

During her service she sank 23 ships and damaged14 others. She ranks 3rd highest among all WWII submarines in the number of ships sunk. However, none of the other still exist today, leaving the Silversides as the nation’s most famous surviving submarine.

After WWII ended, she wound up in Chicago as a reserve training vessel until 1969 when she was scheduled to be scrapped. The Great Lakes Navy Association put together a restoration plan and was granted caretakers of the boat in July, 1973. Silversides was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.

She was moved to Muskegon, Michigan in 1987 where she now resides as an exhibit for the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum.

The U.S.S. Silversides was added to the Nation Register of Historic Places in 1972 (#72000453)


  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 5 years ago

    Love the old ships like this, they are great to tour.

  • I enjoyed the tour but I have to admit…no way could I live inside one for even a whole day…they are such tight quarters!! They do allow boy scout troops and groups like that to even spend the night. Very neat for the kids! Thanks, dear bro…

    – BarbL

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kalmost 5 years ago

    looks a bit tough to a type of roast
    great capture of this beauty..:)) k

  • A roast, eh? What kind of meat? Might hurt your teeth to chomp down on this one!! LOL! thanks for your comment, Kristina…gave me a laugh. I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

    – BarbL

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanalmost 5 years ago

    what a fabulous photo, Barb!!! i must have missed this one when i was on earlier today…. it’s a real beauty…. we have the USS North Carolina in Wilmington (NC)… and i have toured it… but it was many years ago… many years! this ship looks like it is in good shape…. thanks for sharing this pic with us!!! hugs, my sis and friend… barb

  • This ship is a real beauty and sits outside the Navel Museum here. And yes, it is in great shape considering all it has been through!! Thanks for your wonderful comment…always appreciate you!

    – BarbL

  • SusanP-MI
    SusanP-MIalmost 5 years ago

    this is a great shot of the submarine, Barb….

  • Thanks, Sue! I knew you’d recognize it!

    – BarbL

  • DJ Florek
    DJ Florekalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work !
    I like the other pics as well and the history is awesome, nicely done:)

  • Thank you so much! If you ever make it this direction, it is worth stopping and seeing!!

    – BarbL

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot of this brave old lady Barb :))

  • She really was a “brave old lady” wasn’t she?! She’s in pretty darn good shape for all of the work she did. Thanks so much for your response, Mariola…I always appreciate your support!

    – BarbL

    WINTERROSEalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome shot,,,,looks just like the same ,,when I saw it 3 years ago,,,,

  • Its a pretty tough boat to hold up so well through our winters! Did you see the new maritime museum that was built there too?

    – BarbL

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

    Awesome image!

  • Thanks….right next to it they have opened the new maritime museum so it is definitely a place to see when you come to Muskegon. I appreciate your very supportive response, Gina!

    – BarbL

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 5 years ago

    What a great way for the grand old lady to end her career, still floating and full of memories to share!! Great photography Barb! :))

  • Thank you so much, Vicki…you are so right and I love that they were able to save her so her history will survive!

    – BarbL

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesalmost 5 years ago

    Great work, Barb. Great history.

  • Just like your area, there is so much history here! I love it. Thanks so much for your comment, Wanda!

    – BarbL

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