Saints Connect: Alumni and friends in Southwest Washington and Portland Metro are headed to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) to visit with alumnus Bob Walters HS '53, ’58 who is a member of the restoration team for the USS Blueback Submarine, which is housed at OMSI.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

6-8 p.m.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Schedule of events

  • 6-7 p.m. - Fishbowl Room - Social hour with a presentation by Bob Walters HS '53, '58.
  • 7-8 p.m. - USS Blueback - Submarine tour with museum staff.

USS Blueback at OMSI

USS Blueback

The USS Blueback (SS 581) is one of the most modern U.S. submarines on public display anywhere in the country. She was the last fast-attack, diesel-powered sub built by the U.S. Navy. At the time of her launch in 1959, she was the last non-nuclear powered sub built by the Navy, and the last to be decommissioned after serving her country for 31 years.

The ship was decommissioned in October 1990.  It was opened to the public in May 1994 at OMSI, and is on permanent display at OMSI’s dock on the east side of the Willamette River.

Visitors can climb aboard the sub and experience what life was like for the 85 men who lived and worked on the boat. Tours include a behind-the-scenes look at how a submarine dives, produces its own electricity and fresh water, and stays submerged for months at a time.  Highlights of the tour include a look at the engine room, the radio room, the control room and attack center, the crew quarters, and the escape and torpedo-loading trunk. 

We will go deeper into the workings of the USS Blueback with Bob Walters HS'53, '58 who is a retired submariner and one of the volunteers who helped restore the USS Blueback.