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Former Tampa submarine is dedicated in Pittsburgh

Published Oct. 18, 2005

A renovated Navy submarine, out of action for more than 20 years and nearly forgotten at a Tampa wharf, has returned to duty in Pittsburgh as part of a science center on the riverfront. The USS Requin, boasting a new coat of gray paint and a string of brightly colored banners, was dedicated Saturday. The decommissioned boat was opened for its first public tours since arriving in town last month.

About 1,000 people walked through the 312-foot sub.

"It really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance .


. to see how people lived, the conditions people put themselves in for the sake of our country," Karen Sheppard of Pittsburgh said.

Bill Bradwell of Heidelberg said he had been waiting to see the Requin since he heard it was coming to town from Tampa.

The Requin will be at the Carnegie Science Center, a $37-million project under construction and scheduled to open in the fall of 1991.

The submarine is moored at a permanent floating berth on the Ohio River across from the juncture of Pittsburgh's three rivers..

The Requin spent much of its 23 years of service in the Mediterranean Sea. It was decommissioned in 1968.

The Requin arrived Sept. 4 in Pittsburgh from Tampa, where it had opened as a tourist attraction in 1972 but fell on hard times as efforts to promote it failed.