Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and USS Razorback in the Arkansas River
|Location||120 Riverfront Park Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located at 120 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock, Arkansas which opened on May 15, 2005. The museum includes artifacts from the USS Arkansas (CGN-41), including the ship's bell and anchor, which are on public display.
The museum's primary exhibit is the USS Razorback (SS-394), a Balao-class submarine, which served during World War II (commissioned in 1944) and then served in the Korean, Vietnam and Cold Wars. The submarine was eventually transferred to the Turkish Navy (serving as the TCG Muratreis until 2001) before returning to the US to become a museum ship. It is arguably the longest-serving submarine still existing in the world, and was commissioned by the United States and Turkey for 57 years of active duty (Taiwan has two WWII-era submarines that have been continuously in service since 1945 and 1946 first with the US Navy and then the Republic of China Navy, which are the ROCS Hai Shih and ROCS Hai Pao). The museum provides tours of the Razorback and even offers sleepovers on the submarine.
The museum has vessels that are bookends for the US in World War II, with Hoga from the beginning of the war at Pearl Harbor, alongside the Razorback which was present in Tokyo Bay at the surrender of Japan.
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