USS Albacore

Earlier this Spring, Beloved Wife attended a conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and NatureBoy and I tagged along. While BW was conferring, the boy and I ourselves busy. In the evenings, we ate out and explored some of the shops in Portsmouth downtown.

One of the things NatureBoy and I did was visit the USS Albacore submarine museum, which comprises a small gift shop and museum, and a self-guided tour of the actual submarine.

The Albacore has two large, offset rudders and twin, counter-rotating propellers for increased speed and power. 

USS Albacore - port side

USS Albacore - starboard side

 

The doors in the bulkhead were a bit of a squeeze. I’m trying to imagine sailors moving through in a hurry.

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I couldn’t help thinking of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues when I saw these controls.

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Looking through the periscope, you can see… Portsmouth traffic. 🙂

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NatureBoy was impressed by this big mixer in the galley, which he’s sure is a close relation to our KitchenAid mixer back home.

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Bunks were crammed into all kinds of interesting places. Not that there are bunks above and below the one NatureBoy occupies.

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NatureBoy and I were impressed, and I think I’ll be putting Hunt for Red October on our NetFlix queue (maybe Operation Petticoat, too).

Stay tuned for another post with more about our trip.

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