I have found a great place to “Shelter In Place” with an ocean view and still travel. Well maybe not. A Soviet Navy B-39 Submarine, the largest conventionally powered submarine ever built. Likely this one stalked U.S. Navy vessels out of San Diego.
This submarine and our current times reminds me of the 1959 motion picture “On The Beach” directed by Stanley Kramer. It takes place during the aftermath of a nuclear war. A tremendous motion picture with an all-star cast. However the similarities to today are somewhat discomforting.
The World War II Submarine USS Pampanito as I shot this photograph the other day from the deck of the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien in San Francisco. Another perspective of Veterans Day and history that should not be forgotten. Whether it was the right war, the wrong war, the right mission or the wrong mission, sitting behind a desk, under the water, on horseback, in the air, responding to a natural disaster or any number of special times in a far off land, the members of our armed services go when ordered and do their best. So on Veterans Day they all, past and present, deserve our honor.
Nothing better than sleeping just above a torpedo so you can jump on down and blow something up when necessary. Onboard the USS Pampanito, a World War II United States Navy submarine. First commissioned November 6, 1943. Completed six war patrols from 1944 – 1945. A Naval Reserve Training ship from 1960 – 1971. Touring this submarine was really interesting! In San Francisco.
“Low Tech But Lethal” the 300 foot long B-39 Foxtrot submarine of the Soviet Navy. Diesel electric powered these are the submarines that tracked US and NATO ships from the Cold War and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Weighing 2000 tons with a crew of 78, this sub carried 24 torpedoes and could deliver nuclear warheads. Now at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
That round passage is how you move between compartments. Just big enough to get through, there are four of the along the length of the interior. They can be closed and sealed to make a flooded area watertight. And no I did not load or fire any torpedoes.
If I missed getting back to you on Monday, my apologies, I was manning the periscope on the USS Dolphin. Monday August 17th was the 47th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Dolphin in 1968 and by coincidence there I was. A new experimental submarine that the Navy said could reach new depths, deeper than any other. Half the size of any other submarine, it is 152 feet long and only had a crew of 27. Moving through this submarine makes you realize that it was designed with the crew being the last thought, with sleeping spaces crammed in wherever an extra few feet of space existed. No luxury cruising on this ship! Currently at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.