Today, the Association supports San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and independently operates the World War II submarine museum and memorial USS Pampanito. Each year, the Association's unique Age of Sail education programs at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park serve more than 10,000 schoolchildren. The Association also produces several fundraising events during the year, including its annual Fourth of July fireworks viewing and dinner aboard the Balclutha and Fleet Week viewing party atop the Maritime Museum building at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; and the annual Maritime Heritage Awards and Gala.
More than 110,000 people visit USS Pampanito annually, making her one of the most popular historical naval vessels in the country. Considered one of the world's finest examples of maritime preservation, this submarine has been designated a National Historic Landmark. USS Pampanito also hosts more than 8,000 children and adults for daytime and overnight education programs each year. The Association originally acquired USS Pampanito in 1976, undertook her restoration, and opened the vessel to the public in 1982. Since then, the Association has continued its restoration and interpretation work, with the goal of returning USS Pampanito to a condition representing a specific point in time-late summer 1945. To date, almost all of the sub's missing items have now been replaced, and much of the equipment on board has been restored to operation. In 2000, the Association developed an audio tour to enhance visitors' educational experience; we also offer an online video tour of the submarine. Pampanito is the only World War II submarine open to the public on the West Coast, and represents an invaluable link to that era of our nation's history.