Don't mean to drift off subject but, have any of you been through the Soviet era sub, B-39 at San Diego? What a primitive hunk a' junk it is. It was said to have been launched in 1967 but was a firetrap deluxe in this landlubber's mind. They made much use of plywood and wood paneling in the interior. Cabinetry, bunks, and galley areas were all built of, or over-laid with wood. I've been through the USS Drum at Mobile and it gave a better, more substantial impression though it was a World War II sub. Of course I don't claim to know what I'm looking at so it may have been an efficient and effective boat. It still looked like a firetrap. Here's some crummy photos taken. I tried to do without the flash that day and the camera grumbled about it.
Our youngest son in front of the conning tower.
A handy reference posted at the entrance to the sub.
Women on submarines? It can be done. My wife's petite and could maneuver in the confined spaces and between compartments and decks than I could as a 6'3" galoot.
My father was along for the trip and had a grand time crawling through the sub. He was in the Navy on a Patrol Craft Escort in 1944-1945. My mother would have had a stroke if she'd known he was going up and down the ladders and crawling through the water tight openings in the bulkheads. He's in good health and really enjoyed himself. We'd already done the Midway that day.
A photograph taken through the periscope which was aimed at the USS Midway moored across the harbor. How often could this same periscope been trained on the same air craft carrier during the Cold War?
Had to use the flash to effectively take the interior of a torpedo tube.
Interior shots. Check out the galley, all covered in wood and upholstery, along with that heater on the floor. Looks pretty lame to me.
Officer's quarters. Two bunks per cabin. There's one of those dodgy heaters again.
Just had to have a shot of me giving the "throne" a test drive.