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Old Sep 3, 2007, 5:38 PM   #1
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This is the USS Albacore (AGSS 569). The hull shape was the prototype for the U S Navy's nuclear powered submarines. We have been on this submarine a few times in the years we've lived here. Quite tight quarters. I can't imagine living in this underwater for months on end. I get uncomfortable just going into it on land.

More at http://ussalbacore.org/html/welcome_aboard.html

There is a small memorial park at the site of the submarine which commemorates the submarine O-9 that one of my husband's relatives was on when it sank while being tested two days before the start of WWII. The navy stopped the search because of the onset of the war and the probability that no one would have survived in those depths. A few years ago we went with a discovery crew out to the site and sent an underwater camera down the 400' where it ison the ocean bottom. These were the first photos of it since it sank in 1941. It was quite an experience.
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Old Sep 3, 2007, 11:26 PM   #2
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If I hadn't looked more carefully I would have thought this sub was dumped on the side of the road as garbage.



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Old Sep 4, 2007, 7:22 PM   #3
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Yes, it's not the mostflattering shot. I just couldn't find a way to photograph it without paying to get closer. (And, yes that is my shadow on the bottom.) They really do need to do something with the bottom portion of the hole it sits in. The rest of the park is really nice.
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Old Sep 5, 2007, 12:03 PM   #4
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For sneaking a free shot, that's pretty good. In the Navy we would say that is part of the landlocked Navy. When I was at bootcamp in San Diego, they had a training "ship" that was a 2/3 scale model of a destroyer escort. It was a fully commissioned ship but it was set in concrete. I don't recall its official name but we called it the "USS Neversail"!

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For sneaking a free shot, that's pretty good. In the Navy we would say that is part of the landlocked Navy. When I was at bootcamp in San Diego, they had a training "ship" that was a 2/3 scale model of a destroyer escort. It was a fully commissioned ship but it was set in concrete. I don't recall its official name but we called it the "USS Neversail"!

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i remember that one... :lol:

nice shot, nhmom... perhaps the Navy should fill that hole with water, at least make it look like the submarine was afloat! but then, you'd probably miss those nifty counter-rotating props... interesting link, too. no wonder you felt cramped... this boat was only 2/3 the size of the old WWII fleet subs, which are much smaller than the modern SSBNs or SSNs... but looking at this one can clearly see the lines of its successors, the Los Angeles, Ohio and Poseidon class-boats.
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