Friday, June 27, 2014

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 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.


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