It’s National Preservation Month, and the awareness goes beyond historic buildings. It also applies to historic submarines like the U.S.S. Drum at Battleship Memorial Park.
But there is another submarine museum you may not know about and it’s the subject of a documentary by filmmaker John Russell. Russell’s subject is the U.S.S. Batfish. It’s final resting place; Muskogee, Oklahoma.
It’s certainly an unlikely place for a historic submarine museum. Several years ago some die-hard ex-submariners floated the boat up the Arkansas River to its forever home. Russell says he passed it all the time living in Oklahoma and decided to make a documentary.
That’s why he came to Mobile, to interview Alabama author Don Keith. To say Keith wrote the book on the Batfish would be correct because he did.
Keith says there is tremendous interest in historic submarine museums. That’s because there are only about 17 in the country.