About USS Albacore
The USS Albacore was a research submarine, designed by the Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. Today Albacore has been preserved and opened to the public.
March 4, 2017 - "Life and Death in the Piscataqua" Symposium
Portsmouth Historic Sites' annual winter symposium, "Life and Death in the Piscataqua", features groundbreaking research by prominent scholars and historians concerning the rich history of the Portsmouth/Kittery area. This year Albacore Park’s Executive Director, James A. Craig, will be the first presenter for the day. His talk, "A Measureless Peril: Wartime Hysteria, Spies, Surrenders at Sea, and German U-boats off Portsmouth in WWII", explores the many legends concerning German U-boats operating off the New Hampshire and Maine coastline during the Second World War. Fascinating at times surprising and bound to entertain, this talk will give YOU the audience the chance to weigh in and be the jury as we try to separate the facts from the fiction and decide which of these ribald tales of Nazi spies, daring raids, and mayhem are false, and which are in fact true!
Other speakers and topics to be featured include:
· "Portsmouth Furniture" (Gerry Ward Portsmouth Historical Society)
· "Queens of the Beach"
· "Portsmouth’s South Cemetery" (Richard Adams Wentworth Gardner House)
When: Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Masonic Lodge, 351 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Lunch is included with admission! Registration is recommended. Please call 603-436-8221 for more information or to register.
Tours through Albacore are self-guided. As you walk through the ship, a series of audio stations highlight Albacore's unique features. Recordings by former crew members tell something of the daily life aboard the sub.
January and February -
ONLY OPEN ON WEEKENDS
9:30 a.m. TO 4:00 p.m.
March 1 to Memorial Day -
Every day, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Day to Columbus Day -
Every day, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Directions and map -
Albacore Park is located at 600 Market Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801.
From Interstate 95 North or South, take exit seven. At the bottom of the exit ramps, follow the signs for downtown Portsmouth. The entrance to Albacore Park is about a quarter of a mile on your right as you head toward downtown Portsmouth.
Traveling north or south on the Route 1 By-Pass, there is a stop light at Albacore's bow. Turn off the by-pass and turn left into the Park's entrance.
Click the image below to view the map in Google Maps
- Adults - $7.00
- Children 7-17 - $3.00; Children under 7 - free
- Active duty military - free
- Retired military (20 years) - $4.00
- Family - $14.00 (2 adults and 1 or 2 children under the age of 18; Each additional child - $1; Limit of 2 free children with the Family ticket.) Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Group tour tickets (10 or more visitors) - Adults $6.00; Children 7-17 $2.75 • Group tours by arrangement.
For additional information or questions about tours or park operating hours, telephone 603-436-3680. Click below to download printable PDF files:
Information card • Brochure
Learning more about Albacore -
This website is the most comprehensive source for information about the history of Albacore, and the men who served on her. Here are some of the sections that tell parts of the Albacore story:
Welcome Aboard - Read a brief history of Albacore and how it came to be part of a submarine museum.
The Albacore Story - Take a more in-depth look at Albacore from its concept as a research vessel and its five physical configurations. Learn about devices and systems tested and of unusual happenings from former crew members.
Early Life of Albacore - Captain Jim Ferrero relates some of his experiences during its initial testing period.
Flotsam + Jetsam - Memories, tall tales and outright lies as told by those who knew Albacore.
Creation of Albacore Park - Learn of how Albacore was saved from being sunk as a target and of the problems encountered in moving her to where she rests today.
Virtual Tour - Walk through the Albacore and view detailed images and descriptions of its inner workings.
Visitor Center - Find out what is offered at the Visitor's Center.
Memorial Garden - Learn of the origin of the Submarine Dolphin insignia and of the monuments located within the Garden area.
Park Membership - Find out how you can become a member of Albacore Park and the advantages of belonging to the Park.
News & Events - Learn of past happenings at the Park and of coming events.
Albacore Shipmates - Find former shipmates through our Crew Member Directory. Learn who is on their Final Patrol.
Photo Gallery - View photos contributed by shipmates and friends of Albacore.
Links - Related sites of interest