Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Bowfin aims its periscope on German sub Thursday

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Honolulu Advertiser
February 20, 2008


PEARL HARBOR — Daniel Martinez, a noted historian at the USS Arizona Memorial, will give a free presentation on the U-505 German submarine on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The 7 p.m. talk is part of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park's Adventures in History lecture series.

The U-505, which is the only German submarine captured by the U.S. Navy during World War II, is now enclosed in a 35,000 square foot interactive exhibit in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Martinez will share the story of the German craft, including its fascinating history and the rebuilding of the museum around the submarine.

He will also let attendees take a virtual tour inside the submarine museum, showing how it was built around the U-505 to create an astonishing experience.

Video clips, a submarine model and artwork are incorporated into the presentation.

Martinez, in addition to being the historian at the USS Arizona Memorial, is a much sought after historical consultant. He has worked on documentaries about Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway and Little Big Horn.

He is a frequent guest speaker at national historical events.

Thursday's free program will take place at the Bowfin Park lanai, with light refreshments to be served at 6:30.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the World War II submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287). Located next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center, it is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 423-1341 or go online to www.bowfin.org.


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