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Go behind the scenes on Carnegie sub


August 17, 2010

Carnegie Science Center will offer visitors the chance to go behind the scenes of the USS Requin, a Cold War-era submarine docked on the Ohio River, and tour areas rarely seen by the general public on Saturday, Aug. 21.

The Tech Tour will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants will learn how the USS Requin crew faced challenges underwater, explore un-restored compartments, and climb up the conning tower to see the periscope. Adding a very special element to this Tech Tour is a Requin crew reunion taking place the same day.

The crew will arrive early, be present during the workshop, and give participants and other Science Center visitors the chance to hear stories and meet the sailors who actually served on the submarine. Forty to 50 crew members and their spouses are expected to attend.

"The Tech Tours are a great opportunity for anyone who is a history buff, interested in sea vessels, or keen on learning about the technologies that allow submarines to submerge hundreds of feet below the surface of the water," says Patty Rogers, curator of Historic Exhibits at Carnegie Science Center. "The reunion will add a very special feel to this particular Tech Tour, which is our last one for this summer, and we're sure it will be an event to remember." )

Due to the submarine's structure, Requin Tech Tours require full mobility, and tour size is limited. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. The number to register is 412-237-1637.

Any other visitor wishing to go on a self-guided tour of the USS Requin is welcome to do so daily from noon to 5 p.m., weather permitting. It is included with general admission to the Science Center; admission to the submarine is $5 for walk-ups.


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