As a landlocked destination, Arkansas is an unexpected location
for a maritime museum, but history has come to life on the banks of the
Arkansas River in the city of North Little Rock where a decommissioned
World War II United Sates Navy tugboat and submarine are
available for tours and events. These vessels are among the most unique
in Arkansas and offer event attendees an experience they'll never
USS Razorback SubmarineUSS Hoga
USS Razorback, a Balao-class submarine of the Sandlance
variant, was built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
Her keel was laid on 09 September, 1943. Razorback was constructed in
Drydock #1 at the shipyard, and she was launched, along with two sister
ships (USS Redfish (SS 395) and USS Ronquil (SS 396)) on 27 January,
1944. USS Scabbardfish (SS 397) was also launched at the shipyard that
day. This was the largest single-day launch of US submarines in history.
Razorback conducted five combat patrols during World War II, sinking
Japanese vessels, capturing Japanese POWs and rescuing American pilots
who had been shot down. At the end of WWII, she was one of only 12
submarines selected to be present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese
surrender was signed.
(YT-146) is best known
for her actions during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
Getting underway within 10 minutes after the first Japanese bombs fell,
she went to work rescuing sailors in the water, fighting fires, and
pulling ships out of harm's
pulled the repair ship
's burning hull, assisted the
and the battleship
. She fought fires on
as well as the
battleships USS Maryland
spent 72 continuous
hours fighting fires. Hoga
most recognized for pushing the sinking USS Nevada to safety and
preventing her from blocking the narrow channel. For her
, her commanding officer, and
his crew received a commendation from ADM Chester A. Nimitz, Commander
in Chief of the Pacific Fleet.
On July 28, 2005, the United States Navy officially transferred
to the City of North
Little Rock. On November 23,
arrived at the
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock, Arkansas.