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USS Becuna

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Address: Penn's Landing at Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA
Phone Number: +1 215-922-1898

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Put yourself in a WWII sumarine movie...

As you weave through the maze of valves, piping, switches, gauges, and levers that encompass the cramped quarters in which men lived and fought in a steel tube below the surface... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 October 2016
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Roanoke, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

As you weave through the maze of valves, piping, switches, gauges, and levers that encompass the cramped quarters in which men lived and fought in a steel tube below the surface of the sea, you get a feel for what their lives must have been like. Informative placards explain the equipment and procedures involved in operating the boat. A truly... More 

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Lincoln Park, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Our tour was narrated by a docent from the Independence Seaport Museum. He was extremely knowledgeable about the sub and its war efforts. You get a glimpse of all aspects of a submariner's life. You can visit the sub without a docent, but you will not get the whole story.

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Thank Robert M
Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is part of the Independence Seaport Museum. Do not miss the submarine. It is the best part of the museum. You really see what it was like to work and live in a submarine. Not for the extremely claustrophobic!

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Thank Jenn N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

This sub has been here for a long time along side the USS Olympia. Both boats are kept in pretty good condition. The kids will love the sub due to the close quarters and they can fit everywhere. Both boats are very good static displays and look like could set sail within an hour. On board the Olympia I was... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

Was wandering the streets of Philly one day with nothing to do and ended up by the river and spied the submarine and thought I'd have a look. Was surprised at how interesting it was. Naturally had seen all those war movies of subs and so on. This really showed me how they lived and worked on one of those... More 

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Thank Bruce M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

Part of the Independence Seaport Museum, the Becuna was a WWII and Cold War submarine. It's extremely packed in, so don't go if you're claustrophobic. Also, it's not handicapped accessible, but it was built for able bodied seamen anyway,

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

It cost $15 to go aboard the USS Becuna but the ticket also allowed me onto the Olympia, moored next to it. Built in Pennsylvania and launched in 1944, the Becuna had a role in the Pacific War and then Cold War. It was decommissioned in 1969. Careful as you enter, the steps from the deck are steep. It took... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We went get aboard Becuna and was immediately struck by the tight quarters! The hatches between sections of the boat were very difficult for me (I'm 6'6" tall) to even get through! The Captain's cabin was tiny! These guys lived on top of one another! Check this submarine out - you will have a whole new respect for the men... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

I've been looking forward to this tour of the USS Becuna since the weather changed. If you are in Philadelphia and have the time this is a great tour. The entire Penn's Landing area is nice and the Becuna & Olympia add to it. I am a fan of naval history and this was excellent. Be sure to TAKE YOUR... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015

Submarines are always fun to visit. I pretend I am Cary Grant from Operation Petticoat. A great visit with some excellent information. The kids will enjoy it, trust me.

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