Lecture Series


History Lectures:

Thanks to UTC Overseas, HMM is able to offer a FREE maritime history lecture each month!


January 20, 2015 | 7 – 8 PM

USS Tang: The Best of the Best

Laurence Shallenberger


USS Tang (SS-306) was a Balao Class submarine commissioned in October 1943 and served in the Pacific Theater of operations during World War II. Her gifted and aggressive skipper, commander Richard O’Kane, was a man after the heart of Britain’s ghost admiral, Horatio Nelson, whose advice to any English Navy Captain during the Napoleonic War was, “To hell with manuveurs! Go straight at ‘em.” In just five war patrols, O’Kane’s tang sank 33 Japanese ships, amounting to a total of 116,454 tons, more than any other American sub in the Pacific. In one of the tragic twists of the war, the torpedoes made by the navy’s torpedo station in New Port, Rhode Island, had a number of drawbacks that the top brass at NTS failed to acknowledge. They attributed any lack of performance to the poor ‘shooting’ of all submarine’s captains. On October 24, 1944, Tang was sunk by her own torpedo and went down in 180 feet of water. Nine of her crew survived.

Laurence Shallenberger is an ExxonMobil retiree, with 55 years experience in the oil field. He joined the Houston Maritime Museum in January 2008 and has enjoyed giving tours as a docent and talks as a lecturer.

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Upcoming History Lectures

February 10, 2015

Civil War Blockaders

with author, Andrew Hall

March 10, 2015

Purging the Seas: Government Reaction to Piracy, 1600 – 2015 with Kim Todt and Elizabeth Nyman


Industry Lectures:

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All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are free to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are served!