Grace Under Pressure

We toured the USS Albacore (AGSS 569) in Portland NH and found this placard in the forward Escape Trunk (which doubled as the normal hatch during the sub’s nautical lifetime):

Escape Trunk Operating Procedure
Escape Trunk Operating Procedure

One of my relatives is a submariner who seems calm & collected enough to remember that entire checklist in an emergency.

The heads bore similar placards, along the lines of the classic scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The camera lens they used for their virtual tour pictures would lead you to believe there was actually enough space inside the sub to inhale. That was not the case and I was very glad to have only half a dozen other people touring the sub with us.

Our hotel room (on the top floor of Wentworth by the Sea, egad) had a good view of the Portsmouth Naval Shipard (also see Wikipedia) across the Piscataqua River, where the USS Miami  (SSN 775) remains discreetly under cover.

6 thoughts on “Grace Under Pressure

    1. had limited use in scuba rebreathers because of its dangerously explosive reaction with water.

      Sort of like a liquid sodium cooled reactor in a submarine: great efficiency, but an overall bad idea…

        1. the medicine cabinet is the place for hydrogen peroxide

          That, and the iodine…

  1. The “Abacore” was a ”full size’ sub. Imagine how cramped it was in the British midget subs with a 4 man crew, or the Japanese two man versions.
    I was on one of the British ones (HMS Sprat), as a visitor, many moons ago, there was barely room to move and when ‘they’ attached limpet mines the diver had to get ‘kitted up’ inside then exit through the ‘wet and dry’ compartement and come back the same way when it was all over.

    1. I’m not very claustrophobic, but I could do a fine imitation if they turned the lights out…

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