Those who know me best, know my obsession with submarines.
I have loved submarines, especially the World War II era subs, since I was a kid growing up in Chicago and going to the Museum of Science and Industry. There I would always want to make sure and tour the famous U505; a German U-Boat that was captured intact and towed through the Great Lakes to her final resting place in Chicago. I’ve probably been through the U-505 more than a dozen times. It’s incredible.
If I’m ever in a city where I can tour a submarine, I do my best to make it a priority. For instance, the last time I was in San Francisco, I made sure to see the USS Pampanito, a retired U.S.N. submarine. Similar in many ways to the German boats, but not quite as cramped.
I’ve read a number of books about World War II submarines, as well as modern subs, from both the Allies and the Axis. I’ve never been aboard a Japanese submarine or a British submarine, but, now, thanks to the magic power of Google, we can take a virtual tour of one. The HMS Ocelot has been pretty completely mapped by Google and you can get a really good look at what she was like. Nothing replaces actually being in one, but this is about the next best thing.
Besides, it’s Friday and you’re probably avoiding work like most everyone else is, so why not have some educational fun and do a virtual tour of a piece of history!?
Enjoy and have a great weekend!