(HawaiiNewsNow)- Captain Hofwolt, who spent over 30 years as a submariner, discusses the significance of the USS Bowfin and the changing role submarines played in World War II. He describes life as a submariner, spending up to 6 months at a time living underwater in what submariners call a "sewer pipe."
This December 7th marks the 70th anniversary of the USS Bowfin. On December 7, 1942, one year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin was launched from Portsmouth Boatyard , changing the way submarines were used, from "scouts" to "instruments of war." For the first time, submarines took the "war to the enemy" in their home waters. As a result, the USS Bowfin was affectionately referred to as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger." During World War II, more than 3,600 officers and crew and 52 submarines were lost in the war under the sea. This is something you don't hear much about.
During its WWII career, the USS Bowfin conducted nine war patrols, sinking 44 enemy vessels and totaling as much as 213,580 tons sunk or damaged. Miraculously, no lives were lost on the USS Bowfin, earning it the nickname "the lucky ship." Today, the USS Bowfin is designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered to be the best preserved and most visited submarine that served in WWII. Each year, between 700,000 and 800,000 visitors come to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park each year. They expect to welcome their 7 millionth visitor during the first week of December.