Welcome to the blog for the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, home of the historic submarine USS Razorback (SS 394).
|Photograph from US Naval History and Heritage Command|
We at AIMM have some announcements that we would like everyone to know about:
On November 29, 1944, USS Archer-Fish (SS-311) encountered the partially completed Japanese carrier, IJN Shinano while en-route from Yokosuka Naval Arsenal to Kure Naval Base to complete her fitting out.
With the time change, AIMM has implemented the following operating schedule:
|"Teddy," on deck with handler.|
|"Teddy," posing with the 1920 USS Arkansas Baseball team.|
Arklite was a four-page periodical published weekly on Arkansas. It featured articles on a variety of subjects including ship news, sports, and American history.
|James C. Wilkins, CM 3/C, aboard Arkansas, circa 1935.|
AIMM will be open Thursday, July 4, 2013 for tours; however, we will close at 4:30 PM for an evening event sponsored by Women's Action for New Direction (WAND).
Due to a community event that will force several local road closures, AIMM will open at 2:30 PM on Sunday, June 23, 2013. We will resume our normal summer hours on Wednesday, June 26. We apologize for any inconvenience.
"his aggressive spirit and proficiency contributed immeasurably in sinking 20,000 tons of enemy shipping and damaging an additional 5,000 tons."
This time of year, AIMM gets lots of visitors. The turtles are starting to come back, as are the catfish. Several species of geese have stopped by on their migrations north over the years, and the mudbanks are always popular with local songbirds as they build nests.
The hardworking members of the Razorback Crewmembers Association have succeeded in doing what only a few other submarine museums have done - start one of the engines.
"25 August 1944 - 1st War Patrol
"Loaded with torpedoes, ammunition and chow we left Pearl for Saipan on our first war patrol. That was the day we were really getting to work now. This voyage was also quite long - 13 days. Running mostly on the surface with the exception of being forced down a couple of times by unidentified planes.
"This trip was not too exciting, and about seven days out of Pearl we made a rendezvous with USS Cavalla (SS-244) and USS Piranha (SS-389), the three of us making a wolf pack called the "DOGS". From there we proceeded to Saipan and at noon on September 7 we tied up alongside the submarine tender USS Holland (AS-3), anchored in Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, about a quarter mile offshore where she had been since the invasion by the U.S. forces.
"We only stayed here one day, just long enough to fuel and get some needed supplies and a camouflage job on the boat. We departed Saipan on September 8th for patrol north of the Palau Islands. After a few days here we were ordered to a new patrol area northwest of the Philippines between there and Tokyo. We patrolled this area for several days and on September 25th we were ordered to patrol off Formosa in the Luzon Straits. We have been forced down several times by enemy aircraft. One heavy bomber on the 25th attacked and strafed us. Thank God he had no bombs and wasn't a very good shot with his guns. We we're long getting to 200 feet after we spotted this baby coming out of the sun with his guns blazing at us.
" Tonight we are leaving station and going to head for Midway for refit and a rest period. We have been forced down five out of the last six nights. We were strafed once and bombed with two bombs from an enemy medium bomber. We are leaving station now, that is we were until this "Betty" came over and forced us down with two aerial depth charges which again missed their mark.
" 13 October
"We are still on our way home and are running out of fuel, and there aren't any gas stations handy.
"20 October, 1944
"At 7:00 this morning we made our rendezvous with our plane escort taking us to Midway...
"At 1300 we left the boat to go up to Gonneyville, the rest camp...
"8 June 1944 - Yeoman Aucoin and I were transferred from the USS O-4 to the USS Razorback under the command of Roy Benson, CDR, USN. The executive officer is C. Donald Brown, LCDR, USN, our former skipper on the O-4."
"26 June 1944 - After some operations out of New London we loaded our stores and torpedoes and departed New London for Key West, Florida. This first trip sure seemed a long time especially while I was feeding the fish for a couple of days after we left..."
"31 June - After a six day journey, we arrived at Key West, Florida...I can't say much for the liberty at Key West. There wasn't much to do, yet it expired too early...The last two liberties we spent at the Havana Madrid Patio where the main attraction was the fan dancer, Sally Rand. I also can't say much for this show due to the facts that Sally's fans were too large and too well controlled. Otherwise OK."
" 04 August - We arrived at Pearl for a training period of 15 days and a voyage overhaul...I really had a workout while we had the training period on the JP sound gear. It seemed like we were at battle stations all day and sometimes all day and all night, and all the next day. Don't think we weren't glad when that was over and we started to load up for our first war patrol"
"I know it was not legal to keep such a record because of the danger to the crew if it were to fall into the hands of the Japanese...However, being a member of the radio gang and being privileged to secret documents and communications gear, I felt (rightly or wrongly) that my little black book would be destroyed along with the coding machine, the strip ciphers and other secret material. I do apologize if I ever put your lives in jeopardy."