North Little Rock, Arkansas: Longest-Serving WWII Submarine

The USS Razorback served longer than any other World War II sub, and was acquired from the Turkish navy (who'd had it since 1970) for one dollar.

Arkansas Maritime Museum

Address:
100 Riverfront Dr., North Little Rock, AR
Directions:
Arkansas Maritime Museum. I-30 Exit 141B, Broadway to Cypress Street south for 0.3 miles, turn west on Riverfront Dr to Riverfront Park Entrance.
Hours:
Th-Sa 10 am - 6 pm, Su 1-6 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
501-371-8320
Admission:
Adults $6, Kids $3.
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Sub as seen from pedestrian bridge.

Longest-Serving WWII Submarine

There's a great view of the USS Razorback from the pedestrian Junction Bridge over the Arkansas River.

[Vance Erwin, 07/04/2018]

Sub hatch.

Longest-Serving WWII Submarine

Quite challenging to get around; it's definitely worth the trip. One of 12 subs in Tokyo harbor when Japan surrendered in WWII.

Sold to Turkey in 1970 and actively used by them for over 30 years before being purchased back by the US (look for signage in Turkish).

A must experience - seriously, how often can you actually get ON a submarine that saw active duty in World War II?

[Tait Lifto, 09/06/2010]

USS Razorback sign.

Longest-Serving WWII Submarine

A cartoon placard for the USS Razorback submarine shows "kills." Small flags = merchant ships. Large flags = supply ships. Sunrise flags = war ships. The rest are U.S. pilots rescued at sea.

[Katharine Chestnut, 07/07/2010]
USS Razorback - Submarine

A perfectly preserved WW2 diesel submarine. Sold to the Turkish Navy in the 1980s, this submarine was sold to the town of Little Rock for $1 and is now part of the Arkansas Maritime Museum.

[Chuck Shepherd, 05/09/2010]
Longest-Serving WWII Submarine

This is a fantastic exhibit. I had a personal tour by an ex-submariner who had served aboard subs for 22 years. The submarine is still functional and is preserved in excellent shape.

The exhibit is maintained and sponsored by a group of ex-submariners, so it is not a money-making venture, but is a labor of love by those who love subs. There is a museum attached that gives a great history. For anyone remotely interested in submarines, this exhibit is top notch.

The only drawback is the hatches and ladders can be difficult to maneuver for an extremely overweight or physically challenged person. You need to be able to climb the ladder that goes in and out of the sub and you must be able to fit through the compartment doors.

[Nathaniel Bronner, 01/31/2010]

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