Friday, June 02, 2006

Mystery Submarine from Antiquity?

Ignore the title. Venture your best, educated guess on the identity of this naval vessel under construction. Lubbers Line not eligible, as his kin no doubt served upon her during her brief service.

HINTS:

USS _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ?

Constructed only a few years after this (Photo #: NH 93521-KN) World War I Victory Medal was awarded to U.S. submarine war veterans.

Note the shape of the surprisingly early USS Albacore-like hull. An early forerunner?


The craft was built from a new alloy and had a significant edge in safety over earlier designs.

Christened in October 1923, she was sponsored by the wife of the Secretary of the Navy and commissioned the same day.

She was lost in a storm. Her commanding officer and 13 other officers and men were killed. Twenty-nine men survived. The tragedy prompted an officer to criticize Navy leadership, leading directly to his court-martial for insubordination.

Still need a hint, sailor? Maria Sharapova
(similar curves, although admittedly different form, fit and function).

Confused? Lubbers Line will give us the correct answer, if no one else has by the time he sees this. Or, in about 72 hours, Molten Eagle will post full references.

8 Comments:

At 02 June, 2006 07:35, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), although I admit to not getting the Sharapova reference ;-)

 
At 02 June, 2006 11:09, Blogger Vigilis said...

Congratulations, PBS. Shar-a-pov-a is a rhyme clue for Shen-an-do-ah. Often, memory can be spurred by rhyme. Please take no offense at this, but I originally thought of excluding you with Lubber. Next time, I must remember you older guys know too much.

ZR-1 Specifications:

dead weight: 77,500 pounds
useful lift: 53,600 pounds;
length: 680 ft
diameter: 78 ft 9 in (maximum)
height 93 ft 2 in
nominal gas volume: 2,100,000 cu.ft (at 95% inflation):
speed: 60 kt.
complement: 25
armament:
6 x .30 cal. Lewis machine guns
8 x 500-pound bombs

 
At 02 June, 2006 15:34, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

LOL, I am an "older" guy now? Heh, I am pretty sure I am one of the youngest of our group - I just spent waaaaay too much time in the yards - and yard dogs like to talk ;-)

 
At 02 June, 2006 23:13, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

Vigilis, how is 49 old? You and PBS make me sound like I’m a plankowner on the Turtle ;-) Or is it that my head is full of helium?

I like the airship submarine corollary, here’s a quiz for you. What high flying Swiss balloonist is famous for his deep diving bathyscaphe?

Hint: Same principle as a balloon only gasoline was used for buoyancy instead of helium.

Make it so! - LL

 
At 03 June, 2006 13:34, Blogger bothenook said...

dadgum it, you are making me feel really really old. shoot.

 
At 03 June, 2006 16:59, Blogger Vigilis said...

Well, your calling youself PBS helped to disguise your youthfulness. The Pig Boat Sailors I knew were oldtimers, not mid-thirtyish. As for Lubber (Plank owner on the Turtle) - LOL, that's a great line! You must mean Piccard (the elder). Hard to believe you know him personally.

Bothenook, well we thought you might have served with Gadolinium.

 
At 05 June, 2006 15:44, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the Zeppelin museum a couple of weeks ago so this was not so hard!

David Hambling

 
At 05 June, 2006 22:27, Blogger Vigilis said...

In Tønder? I am truly envious, David.

 

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