Submarine Questions of the Week - 27 JUN 14
In a comment about Australia's replacements for Collins-class subs M.E. had recently noted that the average height of a Japanese male is 7.4 cm shorter than that of the average Australian male.
To qualify for service aboard the early submarine ( photo A below ) sailors had to be under 160 centimeters (about 5 feet 3 inches) in height.
Today's QOTW relate specifically to two submarines and the mystery device that dwarfs men (indicated by 4 white asterisks) working on a more contemporary object ( photo B ).
1 - Identify the submarine in photo A (name, nationality, & year launched).
2 - Crew height restriction (< 160 cm) for this early sub were necessitated by space belowdecks.
How many crew were aboard when it met its unknown fate?
3 - What year was it lost?
4 - Identify the mystery object shown in photo B.
- a) What is its purpose?
- b) What nation is using it, and how many are in service.
5 - What kinds of work are being performed by the figures shown (choose c, d, or e):
- c) administrative, clerical, photographic
- d) wrangling
- e) pescatorial
One of the shortest men in CSS Hunley's final crew of 8 men was of above average height for the 1860s period.
6 - What was the inside diameter of Hunley's crew compartment?
7 - How tall was the Hunley crewman known by the name Miller?
ANSWERS: Wednesday, 2 JUL 2014
Submarines are always silent and strange.