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USS Becuna Review

You can tour this 318-foot-long "guppy class" submarine, which was commissioned in 1944 and conducted search-and-destroy missions in the South Pacific. The guides—some of whom are World War II vets—tell amazing stories of what life was like for a crew of 88 men, at sea for months at a time, in these claustrophobic quarters. Then you can step through the narrow walkways, climb the ladders, and glimpse the torpedoes in their firing chambers. Children love it, and it's fascinating for adults, too. The ticket booth by the boats is closed in winter; tickets must be purchased at the Independence Seaport Museum mid-November–mid-April.

Updated: 05-19-2011

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