Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Submarine Insights, Volcano and Prawns

Many submariners never know where they have actually been during submerged operations, tracks or odysseys. Due to inevitable surface transits, however, all of us occasionally knew exactly where we were.

Most Atlantic Fleet submariners, for instance, have been in the Tyrrhenian Sea. We know this because we witnessed from our submarines the eruption of a volcano called Stromboli (an Aeolian Island) en route to the Strait of Messina.

Stromboli is Europe's only, always active volcano. Rising 924 m (3,031 ft.) above sea level its eruptions have been fairly steady during the past 2,000 years, for certain. Eruptions of fiery bombs last from a few minutes to hours in both mild and moderate episodes.


Diners at the Sub Base's EM club (Groton) may recall the signature, seafood entree no one else could touch for the quality and price. The stuffed prawns were jumbo (4 - 5 inch) specimens of a size one no longer sees in any restaurant - not like these puny ones, for instance. Two were served with each plate with complementary sides of commensurate quality. Fantastic lubber cuisine at a very affordable price for its day (under eight bucks with drink).


At 25 May, 2006 16:42, Blogger bothenook said...

mare island's "new" enlisted club (moved from next to nuke school to down by the exchange) served a steak dinner that was better than any out in town, for less than 1/2 the price.

At 29 May, 2006 16:03, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

Vigilis, how did you know shrimp night on the boat was one of my favorites? As far as knowing where we were, as long as I maintained my equipment we were good, being a NavET. Never did a Med run, port visit in southern Morocco as close as I got, Stromboli must of been something to see. - LL


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