MUSKEGON, MICH. - The USS Silversides Submarine Museum in Muskegon just completed another successful summer season with thousands of tourists visiting. But what many people don't realize is that the submarine is open for tours, and overnight stays, year round.
Scott Hardin, the Director of STEM Education told Meredith TerHaar what participants can expect during an overnight encampment, when visitors can sleep in the same quarters used during the war.
Scott suggested that visitors start at the museum, located next to the docked sub, then tour the sub and get settled for the night. Your own pillow and a sleeping bag are required. Scott assured us that the sub is heated, so you'll be quite comfortable even in January and February.
The Silversides served in World War II and is the most successful surviving sub to do so. Two other subs were more successful, but those are no longer intact. What does it mean to have a successful sub? That count is measured in the number of enemy ships that were sunk or damaged by her torpedoes.
Something else that is unique about the Silversides, a great deal of the sub is still operational, including the diesel engines.
While the sub has been docked in Muskegon for about three decades, the museum dedicated to educating visitors about her service is about a decade old.
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