USS Albacore Submarine

600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH

It's seems to rise right out of the ground in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This impressive naval submarine looks out of place in the grassy lot, but visitors love exploring this real vessel complete with all it's original knobs, dials, and technology. You might even learn a little something about the U.S. Navy while exploring the tight vintage quarters.

The third Navy vessel to bear the name, the Auxiliary General Submarine (AGSS) Albacore holds a place in history as the first Navy-designed vessel with a true underwater hull of cylindrical shape that has become the standard for today's submarines worldwide.


This is a unique experience not to be missed if you are coming to Portsmouth. The sub is from another era gone by, so not only do you get the feel of what sub is like - but to see the technology from another era just takes it to another level. Reviewer Mark R.


It was commisioned in 1953 and used mostly as a research submarine.  Unfortunately it only had 19 years of seatime and was decommissioned in 1972.  From what I have read, it was never an actual warship during the Korean War and Vietnam War, but was used during that time for training and research exercises with other countries that the United States were allied with. Reviewer Brian R.


I loved it. Super awesome. Going through the sub was amazing. You can actually turn and twist all the knobs you want. Periscope actually works. The entire sub has audio clips you can play to learn more about it during your self guided tour. Super tight quarters. So cool! Reviewer Upstate Y.