View Full Version : 360 degree slide tour of a WWII U.S. Navy submarines

07-16-2010, 06:30 PM
This is a pretty neat slide tour of a Navy World War II submarine. All pix are 360 degree type so you can see every detail of each compartment. Just follow the instructions at each picture.
They didn't call them pig boats for nothing.

07-16-2010, 06:49 PM
Some years ago my wife and I toured a WWII era submarine while in Cleveland Ohio. You never realize how small they are until you are on one. Thanks for the link.

John S.

07-16-2010, 08:31 PM
If you ever go to Baltimore's Inner Harbor you can take a tour of the USS Torsk...the last US submarine to sink a Japanese ship in WWII. It definitely takes a different breed of sailor to serve in those boats...you cannot be a big person or claustrophobic.

52 Ragtop
07-16-2010, 10:01 PM
THANKS! My Father served most of his 23 year career on subs, always has said "TOO much room on the surface ships" Dad retired off the SSN Scorpion about 1 year before she went down near the Azores. I will show him this site!

THANKS again


07-16-2010, 10:59 PM
I server on the USS Raquel SS 396. Love the "Cat and Mouse" games we done for training. The only thing I hated was the transient to and from operations. The WWII subs did this on the surface, and it was like being in a fishing cork. I was as sick as you could be, but once we dive, the sickness would go away, best time I had at sea was 3 weeks we sat on the bottom (Hiding from the Cat).

07-16-2010, 11:19 PM
I toured the German Submarine U505 at the Museum of Science and Industry a couple of times. For those of you who don't know, the sub was captured during WWII intact and towed back to the U.S. for "further study". It stayed in the Portsmouth ship yard before being donated to the museum. Anyway, as far as going to see it, the first was when it was outside and then a few years ago when the BodyWorlds tour came to town. At that point they had redid the exhibit and restored the submarine, so that it resembled a submarine in a German submarine bunker. It also brought the sub in from the outside to protect it as well. If you're ever in town, you have to see this exhibit as they show you the propulsion, weapons, and they provide tours of the submarine itself. Anyway to give you an idea, here's what the exhibit looks like:



It was also a very utilitarian ship for very slim people as well. The quarters and all racks and equipment are contained down one very narrow hallway from back to front....


...and the bunks are up in the nose, which I think is where the torpedos were located as well...

07-16-2010, 11:25 PM
Thanks for the link to the slide tour ... I love it when you can do the 360 degree photo tours. I have toured the USS Drum (SS 228) at the Battleship USS Alabama memorial park in Mobile, Alabama. The link to it service record and war patrols is listed below:


07-17-2010, 04:23 PM
I toured the U505 when the museum first got it. Very interesting but not good for my 6'-6" body.