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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

[out & about] submarine

On Sunday we headed down to Long Beach, we'd never been to the waterfront and wanted to see what was there. We drove past the port area and around downtown a little, then headed towards the Queen Mary. We didn't have the time to spend exploring the ship but it is an impressive structure!

Next to the ship is the Scorpion Russian Foxtrot Submarine used in the Cold War, built in 1972. We took a tour of the submarine and chatted to some ex-Navy guys who worked on submarines during their service. Quite an experience. In this submarine you can walk through, climbing through hatch after hatch and see the complex wiring, piping, valves, machinery and cramped spaces the crew lived in for up to months at a time.

The image here is taken through the periscope!

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