About a year ago, M.E. quoted Bothenook's opinion
of a boat on which we had both served in different decades.
Recently, he provided a link
to interesting, but seldom seen photographic history of the boat, the Sub that had PMS
(Perpetual Modifications Syndrome
). Two of the photos showed signs of unusual maintenance activity. The clearest photo is shown above. Plexiglass windowpanes
can be seen faintly in the lower, forward sail. These panoramic accessories had been welded over by the time we reported aboard. For a high-def enlargement, go here
. Notice the absence of any hull numbers on the sail?
The submarine was maintained in sound condition considering several of the experiments (including a sodium-cooled nuclear reactor), mishaps, and various roles she fulfilled not to be discussed.
Questions of the Week:
So, what's the story in the photograph showing exposed piping (outer hull plating has been removed, or fallen off for some reason)? The result is somewhat equivalent to driving your car with it's hood missing: Obviously, not recommended.
No answers here, yet. We will have to see what an informed reader says, if anything. Since Life magazine took the photos, a trip to library archives might solve the mystery. Problem is, we have two editions of Life featuring this sub, without the photos or the details. Perhaps the Submarine Force did not give permission to publish at the time. What was the year?
Submarines are always silent and strange.
Labels: Life missing section