Photo via Flickr by Ernest McGray Jr.
The Intrepid Air & Space Museum is of course one of the most iconic museums in New York City. The decommissioned and landmarked aircraft carrier served in WWII and Vietnam and now sits prominently along the West Side Greenway. The ship itself is not the only main destination however and the Intrepid has a few “Untapped” spots we recommend that you check out.
Although the impressive flight deck has planes from all four services of the armed forces, back on ground level at the furthest end of Intrepid’s dock is a British Airways Concorde supersonic jet. Walking beneath the jet is not to be missed. But today we want to focus on the Growler Submarine, the only nuclear missile submarine open to the public in the United States. You can find the Growler at the dock, sitting in the water just outside the main entrance and lobby of the museum.
Jessica Williams from The Intrepid Museum says that the submarine “really is a unique survivor of the Cold War.” On a visit to the Growler you’ll get to explore the cramped interior, check out a Regulus I cruise missile, see a torpedo and enter the torpedo room. Ron Rousseau, who served on the Growler tells Reel Works that the best place to sleep on the ship was the torpedo room!
The museum is looking for funds from Partners in Preservation to maintain the “sail,” the tall steel structure on the back of the submarine, fix corrosion on the Regulus I missile and repaint the missile. It’s difficult to keep ships in great condition when they’re docked, as water will seep in and cause rust and other damage. Extra funds will be used to restore the spaces, surface areas, and hardware in the galley and hatches. Click here to vote for the Intrepid in Partners in Preservation and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Air and Space Museum is not to be missed, but don’t forget to check out the more Untapped places in this well-known landmark. And the latest addition coming to the Intrepid is the Enterprise Space Shuttle, which Untapped went to check out in its JFK hangar the other day.
Intrepid Museum [Map]
700 West 46th Street, New York, NY
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