Submarine Questions of the Week -16 OCT 2013
Entertainment had historically been a relatively rare commodity on SSN submarines due to limitations on crew time and the premium on available space for recreational equipment. Like other subs, USS Seawolf (SSN 575) took dozens of movies to sea. Rarely were flicks shown every week, however. One could appreciate card games and cribbage boards that fit in your hand and could be played in spare minutes.
Unlike most submarines, our goat locker had a smallish one-armed bandit (nickle play, 3 cherry win) made available in the crew's mess on lengthier voyages (and only outside of continental limits). No one got rich, of course, but practically everyone fought boredom that way at one time or another.
While entertainment for sub crews is probably entering a new era with the addition of women crew, and their recreational preferences, the future of submarine recruiting is likely to be very difficult to predict:
Submarine Questions of the Week
1. What unusual (for a submarine) coin-operated entertainment device was installed on an earlier SSN?
2. What is the name of the SSN referenced in question 1.?
3. There is a published photo of a sailor using the device. What is the name of the publication and what year was the photo taken?
4. Who was the photographer?
ANSWERS: Sunday, 20 OCT 2013
Submarines are always silent and strange.