Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Monday, November 3, 2014

USS Pampanito (Inside)

In San Francisco you can tour a submarine that saw service in World War Two, the USS Pampanito. It's worth seeing if you have any interest in these things, and you'll gain more of an appreciation for the men who served on them in close quarters.
You can see the controls.
These photos don't illustrate how cramped the quarters are.
The bridge was lit up in red (to help keep eyes adjusted to the dark for periscope use) so I tried to get a long exposure instead of using flash.
I would have had a hard time spending any extended time on this submarine.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks for showing these Al. Brave men indeed, not a life for me in that tin can. XXX

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  2. I don't think I would like to spend any time where I don't have access to daylight.

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  3. Great, interesting captures for the day, Al!! I would never have made it in a submarine!!! Like you, I would have had a very hard time spending any length of time in one!!

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  4. Nice shots! One of my brothers was stationed aboard a submarine in the late 90s. Not my cup of tea either.

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  5. I can't imagine how people can do this branch of the service either; got clausterphobia when we toured one once (and I live in small spaces, but it's not the same thing). But it is amazing how they make everything work in the space available and your pictures show that very well.

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  6. Thanks for your post. Got hung up reading about the history of this submarine. It had surprising adventures in WW II, and survived to become a museum.

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  7. Brave of you to visit such a confined and confining space. Interesting for sure but . . . I think I'd rather explore caves, at least they have some large chambers.

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  8. Wonderful tour of submarine. First time for me.

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  9. Al, you are so right, I don't like being in deep water, don't like driving the harbour tunnel in Sydney and would not think of taking the Channel train.
    Inspecting a submarine on the surface, maybe, deep down below, no way.

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  10. I don't know how they served here, it would be scary in such close quarters. great series of images.

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  11. I toured a submarine in San Diego at the Navy base. Isn't it amazing how men can live and work in such close quarters for months on end?

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  12. Interesting glimpse inside a sub!

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  13. Looks amazing. I am with you. The small spaces would get to me after a few days.

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  14. I've toured a sub before. VERY close quarters. It really would be hard to work like that. I have a lot of respect for those who do. Great photos!

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  15. Just amazing post and photos, Al!
    I never had been in a submarine before. I don't feel comfortable in such a confined space, like caves and caverns.

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  16. You are so right about the cramped quarters. Amazing engineering to be sure. Nice pics Al.

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