The life of this ship will start on May 12, 1952, with the laying of the keel in the shipyards of the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, United States of America. One of four submarines, classified as class Wolf (Wolf class) - all acquired by the Peru-, derived from the SS attack submarines diesel-electric Americans saw and Mackerel class, was released on October 27, 1953 water at the port of New London, Connecticut, and baptized with the name of BAP tiburon (SS-6), said the national flag and placed in service on 1st March 1954.
Arrived to Callao on July 20, 1954, incorporating is to the flotilla of submarines and serving from that day important missions, contributing in form significant during their years of service to reduce the imbalance of Naval forces in South America, by the great capacity deterrent of this type of weapon against any RAID enemy by sea.
On March 29, 1957 was renamed with the name of BAP Abtao (SS-42) in tribute to one of the most important battles of the history of Peru, 1866 battle of Abtao, RID on February 7 of that year on the shores of Abtao in the Chiloé Island, between the Spanish Squadron and the winner bracket peruvian-chilean ally , under the command of Captain Manuel Villar.
With a total of 5003 dives, during his 48 years of service many generations of divers Peruvian and foreigners is trained on board and hundreds of official and people of sea it navigated to it long, wide and deep of the sea of Grau. Virtually all them ports and coves of the coast it received and in occasions special ports more beyond of our coasts looked the silhouette of this powerful ship.
In 1988, he participated in the rescue alive 22 crew members of the submarine BAP Pacocha (SS-48), which sank after being collided by the bow icebreakers of the Japanese fishing ship Kiowa Maru.
The BAP Abtao went to the book the 10 of May 1999. Was given of low the 10 of March 2000 and finally converted in Museum of site Naval on January 28, 2004, thanks to the Peruvian Navy, the Submarinist Officers Association of Peru, to the Council Provincial of the Callao, and to the Navy Yacht Club S.A. entities that have since in value and to the service of the citizenship this underwater as Museum of site floating , the first in its kind in Latin America.
Tour to the submarine whose motto in service was "Silens et Audax" or "Silent and valiant", begins with the screening of a video about the history of submarines in Peru, prior to the entry. Then, accompanied by a guide qualified in submarines visitors climb into cover and enter the interior of the ship by one of its hatches. There are detailed explanations of all the equipment observed, so as usual procedures for its operation. They then witness a recreation of navigation and underwater combat, assisted by special effects.