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Curator's Corner: Growler
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Posted: 4/26/2012 11:59:04 AM

We are thrilled to announce that in the coming months we will be featuring the Cold War submarine, Growler (SSG-577), in several exciting ways.  We invite you to join us as we celebrate this one of a kind historic vessel!  One of our most popular exhibits, Growler is a strategic missile submarine designed to carry, launch and guide Regulus I nuclear missiles.  Her mission was to patrol near Russian territory, thereby deterring them from launching an attack on the United States.  Growler was in commission from 1958–1964, and her interior survives largely unaltered from that time.  As a result, a walk through Growler offers a fascinating glimpse into the Cold War 1950s and 1960s.

Vote for Growler, April 26 - May 21
Growler has been selected to compete for a grant from Partners in Preservation (PiP).  There are forty New York historic sites competing to win three major grants between April 26 and May 21.  The sites with the most “popular votes” will win a grant to help preserve that site.  If awarded a PiP grant, the Intrepid Museum would restore Growler’s sail, the part of the submarine that rises from the deck and houses her periscopes and communication equipment.  We also would restore the Regulus I missile that is mounted on one of Growler’s missile launchers. 

Go to and vote for Intrepid Museum Growler submarine today – and once every day – from April 26 through May 21!

USS Growler Open House Weekend, May 5-6
Also don’t miss out on our Growler celebration weekend, May 5 and 6th.  In addition to the regular self-guided tour of Growler,there are also opportunities to meet and greet former Growler crew members, explore submarine artifacts with Intrepid’s Education and Exhibits Teams, and get hands-on with family-friendly Growler inspired arts and crafts!

Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid’s Collections, July 27 - December 2
Growler, along with the Intrepid, Concorde, and space shuttle Enterprise, will be featured in an exhibition, running from July 27 through December 2, celebrating some of the Exhibits staff’s favorite objects that are not currently on view.  One object that will be on view is this Thai presentation ship model (see below). 

In June 1960, the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, was scheduled to make a state visit aboard the submarine USS Sargo for a day tour out to sea.  The day before the cruise was to take place, Sargo suffered a fire in her stern compartment.  Growler was called upon at the last minute to stand in for Sargo during the King’s visit.  During His Majesty’s visit, he presented the Growler crew with this model of a traditional Thai ship.

We hope that you will be able to join us in some (or all!) of our exciting Growler celebrations.

Rachel Herman
Collections Manager