Marvel at the bewildering collection of machinery within a submarine
Submarines have to be some of the most sophisticated pieces of machinery so far devised by mankind, with the possible exception of space vehicles. Here’s a look at the interiors of some of these remarkable vessels, from models dating from World War Two, through the Cold War, to the present day.
(top: sunset on a USS Helena (SSN725) - via; also: Soviet Foxtrot-class sub via 1, 2)
Dieselpunk Alert! Inside the American diesel submarine, 1939 -
We’re all familiar with the appearance of the periscope of a submarine from TV and movies. This one is within the hull of the Australian submarine HMAS Otway, now on display some 400 kms away from the coast at Norman Holbrook Park in New South Wales in Australia.
Here are the torpedo tubes in the USS Torsk SS-423 docked at the Baltimore Maritime Museum. This submarine was responsible for the last sinking of an enemy vessel in World War Two and was decommissioned in 1968:
The USS Drum was launched in 1941 and served throughout World War Two. It can now be viewed in Mobile, Alabama. Here’s a typical narrow corridor of this type of submarine, along with the slightly more spacious bridge area:
This ladder is in the submarine known to the West as Typhoon, but Shark to the Soviets. At over 500 feet long and 70 feet wide, it is considered to be the world’s largest submarine, armed with twenty ballistic nuclear missiles:
"This Steinway piano spent 22 years (1961-1983) aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Thomas A. Edison (SSBN 610), the only full size piano ever installed aboard a submarine conducting nuclear deterrent patrols".
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