USS PAMPANITO (SS-383)
DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A LONG-TERM PRESERVATION PLAN
Once the submarine was open to visitors and she was generating revenue, the Association identified the need to establish a long-term action plan for preserving the submarine. It was felt that the future of all of the interpretive and educational programs that would be developed depended on the submarine surviving intact into the future. The Association was formed in 1950 around the establishment of the San Francisco Maritime Museum and later, the restoration of the square-rigged sailing ship Balclutha. We were aware of the long-term requirements of preserving a large historic vessel and had learned there was much more to preserving a ship than just saving her from being scrapped.