USS PAMPANITO

We were visiting San Francisco with my dad to attend a reunion of the submariners that served on the Triton Submarine. My dad was on the first submarine to circumnavigate the world submerged, the USS Triton SSRN/SSN-586. This submarine is not his. The keynote speakers of the reunion have worked tremendously hard to restore this sub, the WWII USS Pampanito on Fisherman’s Wharf. It was kind of cool that because we had our reunion badges on, we were allowed to tour for free! And to make it even better, the Bless of the Ships was happening in the harbor, so there were all kinds of water craft circling around. And it was 70 degrees and sunny! Really, I had a moment šŸ™‚

While touring the USS Pampanito, I couldn’t help but to wonder what life must have been like for the men out at sea. There is practically no private area except the head! One of the keynote speaker told the tale of rescuing 73 mostly Australian sailors that were lost at sea. Really, I can’t get my mind around where they put an extra 73 men!

http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm

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