Below are a few of the Pampanito's drawings. They come from the US National Archives in College Park, MD. About a two dozen were scanned from original paper drawings at NARA. The ones that start with 5400 were scanned from 12 reels of Pampanito microfilm. The ones marked with 32429 are from 17 reels of GUPPY II microfilm. A few paper drawings were scanned at NARA in San Bruno, CA. For basic information on how to find naval information at NARA see: NARA Introduction
The microfilm varies in quality from good to completely illegible. There are also some duplicates of some of the drawings. The duplicates on the microfilm are sometimes the same version of the drawing, but with better photography, however, there are also different revisions of the drawing. We have included some of the duplicates because it has often been the case that some parts of one copy are easier to read than others. Note that Pampanito underwent refit after each war patrol, including a very significant set of upgrades in summer 1945. These changes are often not reflected in these drawings.
To make them easily accessible on the web they have been compressed, they should be viewable on screens, but may not print as well as our original scans. They vary in size from 1 MB to 10 MB so the downloads are probably not appropriate to slower internet connections. On most browsers you can right click on the link to save the file to your computer directly (Save Link As...) without viewing it on the screen. The file names are generally a short version of the title, an underscore, BUSHIPS number if legible, an underscore, Pampanito source locator.
Although the bulk of the drawings we plan to put online are up on this site, this is still a work in progress. There are more drawings that we think will be valuable to the museums, modellers, and researchers. We will re-organize this page after we figure out the full scope of the drawings that will be online. This may include renaming some of the files so it will be safest to link to this page (http://maritime.org/tech/drawings/index.htm). Please let us know what other drawings you would like us to search for. The informal index of the all the 5400 microfilm is available online. We do not have a machine readable index of the 32429 microfilm.