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At random: Habitability is heavily stressed in the construction of modern submarines. Specially designed color schemes, mechanical conveniences, air conditioning, and the best chow in the Navy are supplied to make the vessels more livable. A full time staff is maintained by Electric Boat Division to work out 'human engineering' problems.
U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany
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Pedro
Posted 2018-01-11 8:38 PM (#87351)


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Subject: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

Pretty good video of internal tour of this U-boat. The guy doing the filming is keen and knows a little about the subject but not enough to fully explain everything that is being viewed. This may have been down to English language limitations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXiSWPGy_gg

Pedro
Runner485
Posted 2018-01-12 8:11 AM (#87354 - in reply to #87351)


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Subject: RE: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

Great tour Pedro. I never saw the insides of a U Boat. And I thought my Tench Class boat was small. This is a new perspective on small.

I thought the tour guide did a good job for not knowing too much about her, other then what he read off the plates on the equipment.


Edited by Runner485 2018-01-12 8:12 AM
Palm Bay Ken
Posted 2018-01-12 4:13 PM (#87361 - in reply to #87351)


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Location: Palm Bay, Florida
Subject: RE: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

An excellent video! I toured the U505 in Chicago back in 1956 when I was in ET(A) School. It was still outside then, and not much cleanup had been done. Still smelled the diesel and sweat.
The gent doing the video did a great job for someone obviously not a military veteran.
Thanks for the post!
Bob T
Posted 2018-01-12 7:10 PM (#87363 - in reply to #87351)


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Subject: RE: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

Looks like diesels clutched to the propeller shafts rather than having generators. The electric motors would then serve as generators when on diesel. I think some of the older U.S. boats did this, too.
rover177
Posted 2018-01-13 4:21 PM (#87370 - in reply to #87351)
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Location: Wollongong, NSW
Subject: RE: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

Direct drive for propulsion up until the type XXI. German, British and Russian submarines of the time were very similar. WWII C class submarine in St Petersburg (Leningrad) is another interesting tour. Cruiser Aurora is not to be missed.

The boats went out and after May 1943 most did not come back but they kept on going out, right to the end.
Ric
Posted 2018-01-13 4:37 PM (#87372 - in reply to #87370)


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Subject: RE: U-995 Tour at Kiel, Germany

Yeah, to the tune of about 875 of them sitting on the ocean floor. More than the rest of the countries in the war combined. The thing is the crews knew it and went anyway.
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