$44 – $50

Pack 815 Overnight Encampment

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USS Pampanito

Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf

San Francisco, CA 94133

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Go back in time and spend the night aboard the historic World War II submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383).

Class: Balao
Launched: July 12, 1943
At: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Commissioned: November 6, 1943

Length: 311 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 27 feet, 4 inches
Draft: 17 feet (surface trim)
Displacement: 1,525 tons
Armament: Ten 21-inch torpedo tubes; one 4-inch/50 caliber gun; one 40 mm Bofors; one 20 mm Oerlikon gun

While on board, you will have shared berthing areas with individual bunks, a self-guided tour, and personalized instruction on the history and operation of submarines from the staff of the USS Pampanito.

Each crewmember is responsible for bringing his/her own sleeping bag and personal items. The bunks on board the submarine do not have sheets or blankets. It is also recommended that you bring the following, but pack sparingly (remember, space is limited on a submarine!):

  • Warm jacket or layers (the sub is warm inside, but nights can be chilly on the pier)

  • Pajamas and change of clothing (if desired)

  • Toiletries

  • Flashlight

  • Camera

Contraband (items not allowed aboard the boat):

  • Radios, portable CD players, iPods, etc.

  • Handheld electronics/gaming devices

  • Cell phones are allowed, but please keep them on silent or vibrate and refrain from using during the guided tour. If it is necessary to use your phone during the overnight program, please be discreet as it generally takes away from the experience of all on board when phones are ringing and participants are not engaging in the tasks onboard.

  • No one should have any personal food. All food brought to the program should be collected at the beginning of the program. This helps us to prevent infestation and damage to this National Historic Landmark. No gum!

  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted

Additional Information:

Sanitary Facilities (Heads):

  • The submarine has limited sanitary facilities, though there is cold running water in washroom and galley sinks. The two toilets in the crew’s head are operational. There is also a restroom available on the pier.


  • No one may have personal food aboard the ship. Please eat dinner prior to your arrival and plan to have breakfast after disembarking in the morning. Please be advised that there is no cooking allowed on board the submarine.

How to Get There:

  • Driving - Carpooling is Encouraged - Parking is very limited as there is only 10 spaces available for the overnight encampment program

  • Ferry Ride - Jack London Square to San Francisco Ferry Terminal

  • BART - Embarcadero Station and 2.0 mile walk, Uber, Taxi

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USS Pampanito

Pier 45, Fishermans Wharf

San Francisco, CA 94133

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