sleeping quarters for Denise by danapommet ()
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Mrs Ratbag asked how all 54 members of the crew could fit in such a small place. This is one of the Albacore crew sleeping quarters. You can see 7 bunks beds in this area. A 2 inch mattress on a stainless steel tray. The fan was in there for the tourists not for the sailors. The small box under each bunk was a locked box for each sailors valuables. Nobody had a lot of space but the guys on the top bunks also had pipes and duct work over their heads. There were 5 more bunks through the door in the background. This area is in the nose of the submarine and you can see the curvature of the tear drop nose if you looks at the ceiling of this compartment. All entrance and exit hatches were in the top deck. The entrance door in my previous post was cut into the hull for the visiting tourists. I will be up in the mountains for the next 5 days.
Thanks for stopping by, taking a look and for all your previous favs and comments. They are very much appreciated.
Image Comments (26)
jendellas () 11:23AM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Its a bit claustrophobic, good to see inside. Have a lovely time in the mountains. xxx
Jean_C () 11:30AM | Wed, 01 July 2015
The sleeping places are really small! Very beautiful capture and interesting explanations, Dana!
MrsRatbag () 12:29PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Claustrophia, aaaaaaaarghhh! There is no way I could possibly exist on this vessel, I'd go mad just trying to climb into this little tiny space. I'm so impressed and in awe of those folks who are so dedicated that they can live like this for long periods of time. Thanks Dana, for posting this!
T.Rex () 12:46PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Thanks for this interior photo. It explains why crew selection was very thorough. Claustrophobia meant no submarining for that poor fellow. Another thing to point out here is that the sub was operating 24 hours per day, which meant about 1/3 of the crew slept while 2/3 of the crew were busy running the sub. A few had free time. This meant that there were bunks for 1/3 of the crew on board. Also, quarters were very cramped which did not allow for much moving about. The curved hull seen in the photo is most likely the inner hull - most submarines have an inner hull and an outer hull. The pressure hull is the inner one. Diving tanks were between the inner and outer hull. Thanks again for another informative photo. Keep up the good work and have a nice time on your trip. :-)
jayfar () 1:12PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
I bet it got 'windy' in there Dana - a bit too claustrophobic for me !!
Katraz () 4:08PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Just the thought of having to sleep in there gives me the terrors.
CavalierLady () 4:54PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Tight quarters indeed! Looks like the one in Mobile that I saw. Thanks for the interesting tour of this submarine, Dana.
Cyve () 5:24PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Incredible my friend... really incredible... Fantastic shot also !!!
irisinthespring () 8:25PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
Awesome POV, and not only are the sleeping areas small but the mattress was paper thin also, ugh, I bet these guys had awful back issues later on in life just from sleeping on those bunk beds, what a pity!
eekdog () Online Now! 9:11PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
seen photos on tv on the mini sleeping areas in subs and ships. must have been a nightmare for all. thanks for sharing my friend.
Faemike55 () 10:01PM | Wed, 01 July 2015
a bit less spacious than the normal surface ships. great capture and explanation - it puts things into perspective for those who have never seen what it is like
0rest4wicked () 12:48AM | Thu, 02 July 2015
Like Sardines in a can, or is this where the Navy term "Squids" comes into play. :P
mtdana () 1:33AM | Thu, 02 July 2015
Enough bunks for crew or do they hot bunk as well? - Not a lot of space but far better than the hammocks used on the old wooden ship - great details!!!
SunriseGirl () 11:56AM | Thu, 02 July 2015
My dad served on a submarine and he mentioned also something called a submarine shower.....water on qnd quickly get wet ...water off...soap up....water on rinse off quickly...water off ...done. The submarine life was not one of luxury. Thanks for sharing Dana. Have a great time in the mountains. :)
dochtersions () 11:42AM | Sun, 05 July 2015
Oh my, what a small place, and I think about if there was also a lot noise the whole day and night. What a different must it has been for the men when they had a break on the wall. Thank you very much for sharing, Dana. Wishing you a wonderful time.
TallPockets () 3:52PM | Sun, 05 July 2015
HELLO! .... Here's HOPING that ''CHILI'' was NOT served at MEAL time! ..... SMILES .... ROTL
Richardphotos () Online Now! 4:59PM | Sun, 05 July 2015
can you imagine a general alarm sounding. the sailors would be falling over each other
Hendesse () 1:48AM | Thu, 09 July 2015
That does not look very cozy. An excellent and interesting shot which shows us that is must be a hard life in a submarine.