Doug DeHaven
Doug DeHaven

Carnegie Science Center
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10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Calling all submarine fans to the North Shore!

Carnegie Science Center has just announced that its USS Requin (SS 481) is “sailing into spring with a return to daily hours of operation, weather and river conditions permitting.”

If you’re looking for a unique outing, hop aboard the beautifully refurbished Cold War-era vessel — which holds the distinction of being the Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine. Step into the captain’s quarters, see massive diesel engines and explore the landmark’s remarkable history via informative touch-screens.

Recent conservation efforts involved clearing peeling paint and giving the Requin a coat of paint above the water line. The makeover not only improved its appearance, it also protects the ship and helps stave off corrosion. Pittsburgh’s hometown paint company, PPG PAINTS, donated the high performance coatings used to refresh the Requin’s exterior.

What was life like aboard a massive submarine 40-plus years ago? During self-guided tours, submarine fans and history buffs of all ages will climb aboard to discover how 80 men used their expertise and ingenuity as they experienced a rough and adventurous life at sea during extensive defense and scientific missions — some of which are still classified to this day!

Visitors will explore the historic ship as it existed during its heyday decades ago and will see authentic utensils, games, posters, clothing and memorabilia from the Requin’s legendary service. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to share fascinating facts about the vessel’s machinery and the technology of a bygone era that is preserved within the 312-foot-long hull.

Commissioned on April 28, 1945 as a Standard Fleet Submarine, the state-of-the-art, battle ready USS Requin made its first journey to Hawaii to join the Pacific Fleet at Balboa, and went on to serve throughout the Cold War era. The Requin began its final deployment in April of 1967 searching for a lost nuclear submarine, and later become a non-combat ship and training vessel.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.