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Spike
07-18-2010, 10:02 AM
http://www.nonplused.org/panos/uss_pampanito/html/01.html

All I can say is this is Bloomin Fantastic :handclap:

Not sure if anyone has posted this? Its a virtual tour of the USS Pampanito Submarine that saw action in WW2.

brian daley
07-19-2010, 08:22 AM
Spike,
Have just taken the tour,you're right, it is bloomin' fantastic,but so claustophobic. I could never have been a submariner,
BrianD

Spike
07-19-2010, 08:30 AM
Spike,
Have just taken the tour,you're right, it is bloomin' fantastic,but so claustophobic. I could never have been a submariner,
BrianD

Hi Brian

Yes it is a good one, great how they have put the site together.

I was wondering where did all the men fit. As you say its so small in there.

Leon
07-19-2010, 02:18 PM
Thanks for the link, Spike,
When I was young, I worked in the shipbuilding industry for several years, it was on submarines.

captain kong
07-28-2010, 06:42 PM
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Pamanito and Jeremiah O`Brien astern, on the right is Alcatrraz Island now a museum
Hi,
I have been onboard the `USS PAMPANITO`, She is on the same wharf as the `JEREMIAH O`BRIEN` the SAM boat Pier 43 I think. I go on them every time I go to Frisco.
Fascinating place with all the preserved ships, such as the `BALCLUTHA` a barque from Glasgow, and the Humber ferry, the `Thingy Castle`, a side wheeler sailed all the way there alone, an epic voyage. and many other vessels.
Well worth a visit, get a cheap flight to Frisco and it beats the hell out of Benidorm.
There is another one in Darling Harbour, Sydney, one of the O Class subs.

We preserve nothing in the UK the way the Americans do.

chucklebutty
12-14-2010, 02:53 PM
When I was a kid (1944 vintage) my parents often commented about a sub being lost in Liverpool Bay. It was HMS Thetis. From what they told me there were no survivors.

ChrisGeorge
12-14-2010, 03:00 PM
When I was a kid (1944 vintage) my parents often commented about a sub being lost in Liverpool Bay. It was HMS Thetis. From what they told me there were no survivors.

Very true, a tragic accident. The loss of HMS Thetis in 1939 while she was on sea trials in Liverpool Bay, just prior to the Second World War, was a very sad event. I also have learned that conceivably the men could have been saved but were not for fear of compromising military secrets.

gregs dad
12-14-2010, 10:52 PM
There were 4 survivors Lt Woods,Stoker Arnold and 2 others who escaped 4 others died in the attempt using the same method. There were civilian companies who could have possibly helped but were not allowed to by the royal navy, preferring to wait for their rescue ship to be coaled up in Glasgow, before proceeding to Liverpool bay.

There is a good book "The Admiltary Regrets" which tells the whole sad story.

Norm NZ
12-15-2010, 10:41 PM
A sad event, Thetis was eventually salvaged, bodies recovered from her and many of the victims buried at Holyhead. Thetis sailed again as HMS Thunderbolt, with a successful war record until she was lost in the Mediterranean in 1943. (Read this in on of the 'Echo's of Yesterday' that I still have).

Samsette
12-17-2010, 02:23 AM
If my memory is still intact, I seem to recall that the commanding officer abandoned the boat using the Davis escape apparatus, and much was said, at the time, of this unusual occurrence. I mean, it is traditional for the captain to be last to leave, in the event of sinking by any means. I do remember that we used to say a prayer for the crew, at morning assembly.

chucklebutty
12-17-2010, 02:14 PM
The last time I was in the UK the HMS Plymouth and the submarine HMS Onyx were open for the public to take a look at on the Birkenhead side of the Mersey. It was well worth a look and I and I wonder if they are still there?

gregs dad
12-18-2010, 12:40 AM
No I`m afraid that has closed down now (finances} with just the old German U boat exhibition at the ferry terminal