You know that you're in a bad neighborhood when you wake up in the morning and you find your submarine up on blocks.
USS Drum (SS-228).
Last time I saw Drum, she was still in the water. But two hurricanes and seventy+ years since her last war patrol have done a number on her, so now she's up on these concrete supports.
If nothing else, she's safer here...and visitors get a great look at her props and rudder as well as her stern tubes.
Up on deck, she's looking good. Got a 3"/50cal. deck gun and a 40mm Bofors Anti-aircraft gun forward.
Going down through the old torpedo loading hatch brings you into the forward torpedo room, with six of her ten tubes await fresh fish. Back in the day, these subs sailed with 24 torpedoes, sixteen up front here and eight in the aft torpedo room where she had four tubes. Several of the crew got to bunk in these compartments too, sleeping above and below the torpedoes.
Leaving this compartment via this hatch, you find yourself in the forward section known as "Officer Country".
Howard Gilmore though.
Another hatch...and the control room beyond.
Old AF Sarge...remember these?)
And because I'm retarded or something, I got no pictures of the crew's mess. But click on submarines here to see pics of the insides of several other fleet boats that are laid out pretty much the same.
Cold storage beneath the crew mess.
Next was a bunk space for much of the enlisted crew--just stacks of racks--but most of them were out for some display stuff. Again, no pics for some reason. But then it was tie for the two engine rooms, and I like to think I made up for it.
Next we come back to the aft torpedo room. These subs could and did fire shots from both ends.
Go to Battleship Park and see her if you're in the area. And let me know--I may just join you.