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USS Silversides

After years of distinguished service, this U.S. navy submarine has taken on a new and important role as a memorial and military history museum.

The USS Silversides SS-236 is enjoying a well-earned retirement as an interactive museum of military history in Muskegon. Beautifully berthed near Lake Michigan as part of the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum, the USS Silversides offers a hands-on experience of real American Navy life during World War II. Walk the decks, command the bridge and camp overnight in seamen’s sleeping berths.

Learn the fascinating history of this vessel. About 70 years ago, the USS Silversides was patrolling the South Pacific in the war against Japan. By the end of the conflict this Gato-class submarine, named for a small fish with a silver stripe down each side, was one of the most decorated submarines in all the Allied navies. Its tally of 23 ships sunk gives it one of the most prolific combat records of any American submarine. 

As you explore the craft, try to smell the diesel and imagine the lives of the people on board during the 14 patrols conducted from 1942 to 1945. USS Silversides was nicknamed the “Lucky Boat” because it survived perilous circumstances with only one casualty in action. Decommissioned and painstakingly maintained and preserved, the submarine arrived in Muskegon in 1987 to a hero’s welcome of cheering locals.

Now the Silversides is the main attraction at the town’s naval museum. For a deep immersion in the submarine world, try the Silversides overnight experience. History comes to life as you roam the decks and bridge before heading to the sailors’ original sleeping berths for your rest. Advanced group booking is a must for this popular program.

Head next door to visit the USCGC McLane, a Coast Guard cutter from the 1920s that was used to observe and limit the illegal transportation and sale of alcohol during Prohibition.

The USS Silversides is open daily all week. Find it on Bluff Street in Muskegon, just north of Pere Marquette Park. Pay the admission price and an additional charge for overnight encampment, which does not include meals.


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