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    January 22, 2019

    PORTSMOUTH  –  Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association (PSMA) and Albacore Park Museum, 600 Market St., a National Historic Landmark Site in Portsmouth, kicks off its Winter Lecture series Feb. 23. All lectures will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrot Ave., Portsmouth.

    Saturday, February 23:  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Carol White, co-director of the Fort Stark historic site, will share her stories of German submarines in Portsmouth waters during World War II. Her talk, “Did German Submarines Enter Portsmouth Harbor During World War II,” will focus on a German mini-sub as well as a full-sized German sub that may have been responsible for the detonation of mines in the harbor. Were these submarines really in Portsmouth Harbor? Join the debate.

     

    Saturday, March 16:  Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities to Go program, Glenn Knoblock will present, “African-American Submariners in World War II and Beyond,” African-American soldiers and sailors saw extensive action during World War II in nearly every theatre of operations. Though few, African-American submariners played an important role in manning the navy submarines, many built at Portsmouth, which wrought havoc against Japanese naval and merchant vessels. Knoblock’s talk, based on hundreds of interviews with World War II veterans and years of research, leaves the audience with a better understanding of the Submarine Force during World War II and appreciation for America’s undersea warriors.

    Saturday, April 27: “USS Albacore AGSS569:  The Crew Tells Their Stories” will be presented by Jack Hunter and Austin “Butch’ Jordan, based upon their oral histories collected from actual Albacore crew members. Following the end of World War II, experts agreed that in order for submarines to improve their survivability in wartime, they would have to improve their submerged velocity and evasive capability.  That insight let to the development of the groundbreaking USS Albacore. Its teardrop design was a breathtaking feat of engineering that allowed far greater speed and maneuverability. Join Jack and Butch for their stories of the Albacore.

    All lectures are free and take place at 2 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library.  Light refreshments will be served following each lecture.

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    Albacore Park, the formal site for the USS Albacore Submarine and museum and home of the Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association, provides a sprawling park for everyone’s enjoyment. Winter hours for tours of the submarine will run every weekend in January and February from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Albacore Park is one of Portsmouth’s historical gems and all are welcome. For information, call 603-436-3680, visit www.ussalbacore.org, or give them a thumbs up on their Facebook page.

    Contact:
    Patti Violette, Executive Director
    (603) 436-3680