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Midpoint Inactive Member04 Jun 2011 8:22 p.m. PST

Whilst on holiday in Philly a couple of weeks ago I visited the Seaport Museum. The museum itself was quite disappointing but the presence of the Olympia and USS Becuna – a WW2 sub – made up for it.

A small set of images inside and out here: link

Story of the Becuna: link

Ahhhh: link

Yum: link [Five Guys]

Doc Ord Inactive Member05 Jun 2011 6:27 a.m. PST

The sub and Olympia are very nice. We made the tour last year while at Historicon.It was hot as blazes that day. We wanted to take the ferry across the river and see the New Jersey but ran out of time.Five Guys burgers are great. We stopped at one in Virginia on our way up the Valley.

Midpoint Inactive Member05 Jun 2011 8:39 a.m. PST

Olympia was of less interest to me on a personal level, but I enjoyed my first sub visit.

This would be much bigger than a U-boat? I don't get claustrophobia, but I could see myself developing it.

Doc Ord Inactive Member05 Jun 2011 8:54 a.m. PST

I have never seen a U-boat but they are probably similar in size. I'm not particularly claustrophobic either but I don't think I would care to be on a sub for any length of time.

Mikhail Lerementov Inactive Member05 Jun 2011 2:03 p.m. PST

I've seen both Becuna, Clagamore and U-505. Becuna and Clagamore are both Balao class. 505 has a beam of about 18 feet and the Balao class have a beam of 27 feet. Length is about the same. The Balao class are much less claustrophobic than the VIIc classes.

Brian Bronson Inactive Member05 Jun 2011 3:01 p.m. PST

If you're ever in eastern Wisconsin, there's another sub to tour, the USS Cobia (SS-245) in Manitowoc (about 100 miles north of Milwaukee). It's a Gato class, which preceded the Balaos.

Here's a link to the museum's website: link

and a link to the Wikipedia entry: link

An interesting quote from Wikipedia:

Ongoing restoration, maintenance, and preservation efforts keep Cobia in remarkably good condition, with many systems operational, including both main diesel engines, the radio shack, and the SJ-1 radar, which is considered to be the oldest operating radar set in the world.

Just a few more systems and it'll be ready to be the scourge of the Great Lakes if the Midwest decides to secede!!

Mikhail Lerementov Inactive Member06 Jun 2011 12:32 p.m. PST

Well, I'm only about 5 hours south of the Cobia and it would bring to 4 my tours of old subs.

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