Sunday, May 11, 2014
The reality of crawling around on a World War II submarine is far different than depicted in the movies. It was interesting to see that the sailors sleeping cots were hung in and around the torpedoes. This is a photo of the torpedo tubes and loading racks on the USS Bowfin in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. There did not seem to be a great deal of concern for the safety of the crew or for the ergonomics loading the huge torpedoes. The USS Bowfin went on nine complete tours in the Pacific during the War and was one of the few submarines to survive all its tours. The submarine also served during the Korean War. These are 21 inch torpedo tubes and the ship had ten tubes, six facing forward and four facing the stern. For more information on the submarine, see USS Bowfin (SS-287) Attack Submarine (1943).