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REQUIN as a Museum
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SS-481: 1945 to 1948 - The Early Years
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REQUIN as a Museum - Tampa

REQUIN on the Hillsborough River in 1989After her decommissioning, REQUIN was towed to St. Petersburg, Florida in February 1969, where she served as a Naval Reserve Training ship. Most of the World War II fleet subs followed similar fates until they were eventually scrapped. REQUIN, though, would continue to serve. In June of 1971, after being stricken from the Navy List, it was decided to transfer REQUIN across the harbor to Tampa, where she would become a tourist attraction.

Opened in 1972, REQUIN would enjoy a fair amount of popularity as a tourist attraction for the next dozen years or so. Fourteen years after becoming a tourist attraction, REQUIN's fate took a turn for the worse when the organization that operated REQUIN folded, due to a lack of money. Although opened again in 1988 for a brief time, REQUIN eventually was abandoned at her berth on the Hillsborough River in Tampa.


Pittsburgh Comes to the Rescue

A reprieve for REQUIN eventually came from the most unlikely of locations for a submarine, Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Museum, which was in the process of building a new science museum just downstream from Three Rivers Stadium, asked the navy if an obsolete vessel would be available for incorporation as a museum exhibit. When the trustees of the museum heard that REQUIN was available, and the Navy was interested in getting a new home for the submarine, the trustees enlisted many local politicians. In February of 1990, the late Senator John Heinz (R-Pa) introduced a bill in the United States Senate (the transfer of obsolete vessels to museums had to go through the US Congress), Senate Resolution S. 2151, which sought permission to transfer REQUIN Pittsburgh. The effort to move REQUIN was accelerated (it normally took 60 days for a similar bill to move through Congress) because if the move was to take place, it would have to happen when the water levels of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers were at their highest, due to the draft of the submarine.

After receiving permission to move the submarine, REQUIN was towed from her location on the Hillsborough River on May 24, 1990 to International Ship Repair, where she would be drydocked. Once in drydock, REQUIN's hull was examined and any repairs which were necessary were completed. In early August 1990, REQUIN was towed from International Ship Repair to Tampa Shipyard, where last minute repairs were made. On August 7, 1990, REQUIN left Tampa under tow and arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana three days later. Mounted on four barges, REQUIN began her trip stern first up the Mississippi River on August 11, 1990. After successfully passing through the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, REQUIN arrived at her new home in Pittsburgh on September 4, 1990.

Three photos of REQUIN on the Ohio River, during her journey to her new home in Pittsburgh.

Requin in PittsburghAfter a month of preparations, REQUIN was formally dedicated as a memorial and the first exhibit of the Carnegie Science Center on October 20, 1990. Today, REQUIN is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pittsburgh and the western Pennsylvania region.

Requin Drydock Photos

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