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SILVERSIDES, USS (Submarine)

Muskegon, Michigan
County of Cook.
Maritime Museum, Naval Reserve Center, Fulton and Bluff Streets
National Register Number: 72001566
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Maritime: Vessel. The threat level was Satisfactory in
2006.
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum Exhibit; http://www.maritime.org/hnsa-silver.htm.
Web Site: www.sos.state.mi.us/history/preserve/phissite/silversi.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 14, 1986):
The top-ranked surviving submarine, with 23 confirmed sinkings, she saw service during all of World War II and was awarded 12 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation for that service. Her mission was to stop raw materials and supplies--oil, bauxite, rubber, coal, food, and iron ore--from reaching Japan.

Condition:
The major threat to the USS SILVERSIDES is the need for dry-docking. The 1941 gato-class submarine has not been dry-docked since 1947. Fundraising, dry docking, and legislation (providing a source of funds) are needed. Fundraising has been initiated with the GLMM and the City of Muskegon for a new long-term lease, and planning for a new museum facility.

Painting of exterior; safety repairs; visual improvements; new gangways; interior audio/visual system; switched to fluorescent light bulbs.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
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