Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Fisherman's Wharf III - SS Jeremiah O'Brien & USS Pampanito

Pier 45, where the Musee Mecanique is located (see November 12 post), is also home to the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien and the World War II era submarine USS Pampanito.

The Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O'Brien transported soldiers and supplies during World War II. Most famously, it supported the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France in 1944. In 1979, the ship was rescued from the scrap heap and restored to its former glory. Of the 5,000 plus ships that participated in D-Day, the Jeremiah O'Brien was the only ship to return for the 50th anniversary celebration in 1994.

Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the ship. The ship welcomes guests daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and when cruising. Admission is $8/adult, $6/senior, and $4/junior. Children under the age of six may tour for free. A family may tour the ship for $20. The ship also cruises the Bay from time to time. If you'd like to see San Francisco Bay from the deck of a World War II Liberty Ship, check the ship's website to see if a cruise will occur during your visit to San Francisco.

The USS Pamapanito is a World War II-era submarine that berths next to the Jeremiah O'Brien. This Balao class Fleet submarine patrolled the Pacific during the war, sinking six Japanese ships and damaging four more. Self-guided audio tours enable visitors to understand what life was like aboard the Pampanito. The submarine opens daily at 9:00 a.m. From October 14 through May 23, the ship closes at 6:00 p.m., except on Fridays and Saturdays when it remains open until 8:00 p.m. During the balance of the year, the ship is open daily until 8:00 p.m., except on Wednesdays when it closes at 6:00 p.m. Admission costs $9/adult, $5/senior, $3/children between 6 and 12, and $20/family.

Touring the Jeremiah O'Brien and Pampanito is great fun for kids, especially on rainy days when indoor activities are preferable. A family can easily spend a few hours at Pier 45 by visiting these two ships and exploring the Musee Mecanique.

If you would like help planning a vacation that includes visits to the Jeremiah O'Brien and the Pampanito, feel free to call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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