In 2007, the USSVI Lockwood Internet Base (LIB) decided to undertake the preservation and restoration of memorial/museum submarines as a long term project. To help generate funds, a vest patch was created by LIB members. This is the patch that you see in the logo above. While the goal was to help any museum submarine in need, it was decided to focus on one museum submarine each year in order to make a significant difference. Anyone (USSVI or non-USSVI) is encouraged to get involved in this project. We also encourage any USSVI base to pick a museum submarine to get involved with, as every museum submarine needs help, physically and monetarily.
For more information on this project, visit the USSVI Lockwood Internet Base website.
The patches as well as individual museum submarine rockers can be purchased from SubmarineShop.com. The patches and rockers can also be sold at volume discounts, just inquire at SubmarineShop.com if you are interested. Any USSVI base could use these patches as a means of supporting their chosen boat.
USSVI Lockwood Internet Base has chosen to continue into 2011 with the progress made with the Marlin in 2009-2010.
HELP THE MARLIN AUCTION!
To kick this year off, an online auction of hundreds of items has been organized. The bidding begins on March 1, 2011 and ends at 9PM EST on March 30, 2011.
To view the items up for bid, along with complete instructions on how to bid, visit http://rontini.com/auction.htm for more information.
The auction is a wonderful way to help raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the USS Marlin in Omaha. Remember, the money raised from the auction will be used to apply for matching funds!
USSVI Lockwood Internet Base has chosen to continue into 2010 with the progress made with the Marlin in 2009.
USS Marlin (SST-2) was chosen as the 2009 museum submarine that USSVI Lockwood Internet Base would focus upon. The Marlin was a research and training submarine. She is located today in Omaha, Nebraska, in Freedom Park.
For more information on USS Marlin (SST-2), visit:
The Marlin has had a padlocked door for some time now. Lockwood Internet Base hopes to help get her opened once again on a regular schedule to the public.
USS Drum (SS-228) was chosen as the 2008 museum submarine that USSVI Lockwood Internet Base would focus upon. The Drum is the oldest Gato-class submarine in existence. She is located today in Mobile, Alabama, in Battleship Memorial Park.
For more information on USS Drum (SS-228), visit:
As you can see from the photograph above, the Drum is showing her age. She needs major restoration on her exterior. The stern (shown in the photo) has major rust issues. She also has some rusting up on her bow, but not as bad as the stern. The Drum's interior is in good condition.
This page last updated 2/16/2011.