Friday, May 04, 2007
The ole blog takes a historic twist this morning. Today we are visiting The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Ill. We have descended into the depths aboard the German U boat U-505. You are looking at the engine indicator in the engine room of that U boat in the top picture. This particular item caught my attention due to the variety of German writing on it.
In the second picture you are looking at the very rear of the craft. The round object slightly off center to the right is the aft torpedo tube. The beds are lowered to show the conditions the crew slept in. Remember there was always activity going on as crews took shifts.
The U-505 was captured off the coast of Africa by the American Escort Carrier Guadalcanal and several escort destroyers, including the USS Pillsbury. The submarine was in the process of being scuttled or sunk by her crew when US sailors rushed on board the sinking ship and were able to cap the sea strainer which had been opened to let large amounts of water in. Because of this gallant and fast action the code machine and indeed the whole submarine were captured. This leads us to Chicago where the sub is on display.
If you ever get a chance stop by The Museum of Science and industry in Chicago. It is a fantastic place to visit. The pictures were taken about 3 years ago with my trusty Olympus. I converted them to black and white for today's post.
Have a great Friday.