30 years ago, a small group of Muskegon, Michigan residents set out to rescue a WW2 submarine that was rotting away at the Navy Pier in Chicago.
Their mission was successful. The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is one of the most successful maritime/ military museums in West Michigan and hosts two unique vessels: A Gato-Class WW2 submarine, the SS-236, USS Silversides and a Prohibition-Era Coast Guard Cutter, the McLane.
In addition, the museum building is a 30,000 sq ft building full of military artifacts, primarily from World War 2.
Most importantly, we are NOT tax funded. We receive all of our revenue from admissions sales and donations from people passionate about preserving our military history.
Recently, due to age related factors, some of the port-side ballast tanks are slowly filling up with water; as a result, the Silversides has developed a 4 degree list to port. In other words, she is leaning to the left and will continue to do so to a greater degree as time progresses.
With additional funds, we will be able to right the boat, as well as perform much needed maintenance to ensure that she survives for future generations to enjoy.