Corpus Christi, Texas: USS Needlefish: Home-Built Sub

Bill Gifford of Northfield, New Jersey, spent four years building a small version of a WWII submarine. He named it USS Needlefish. Now it sits on concrete blocks in front of a Corpus Christi beachwear store.

Padre Islander and Island Sports

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14514 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX
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Padre Islander and Island Sports. On Padre Island, just east of the Kennedy Causeway, on the northbound side of Park Rd 22/S. Padre Island Drive, just north of its intersection with TX-361.
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Needlefish.

USS Needlefish: Home-Built Sub

Located directly across the street from the "Inviting Shark Entrance." The sub is unique, but run down.

[Jan Dunlap, 08/03/2020]

USS Needlefish.

USS Needlefish

The mini-sub sits in front of a beachwear store in Corpus Christi. According to a sign in the store, the sub was built to resemble a World War II diesel-electric submarine by Bill Gifford of Northfield, New Jersey. It was constructed over a four-year period, beginning in 2001, and took over 4,000 hours.

[Patsy Lewis, 04/22/2019]

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