This is the USS Becuna (SS-319), A "Balao"-class diesel submarine launched in 1944. It's not a "Gato" class like the Darter but inside there's only minor differences. After all the research I've done on what it was like aboard a WWII submarine, now you get to see it. I had the whole ship to myself for this tour. It was neat to see all the panels lit up and the red lights on in the control room like it was still operational. This sub is a historic landmark and is permanently moored at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia PA.
If you can't see the slideshow go to this link: Inside the submarine
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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Today I was at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia for a maritime festival...and I think my grandfather would be happy to know I was able to tour the inside of a REAL World War II submarine! Something I have seen in many war movies and read about, but never actually been aboard one in person. It amazes me how much machinery, piping, and valves and controls they were able to fit in a 311-foot long steel tube and still have room for people.
I found it fascinating and very relevant to the interests of this website. So stand by for a virtual tour of the USS Becuna...coming soon. (Due to the large volume of images, I might create a web album on Picasa)