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A Tour of the WWII Submarine TORSK!

USS TORSK

While walking around the harbor in Baltimore April 25th, 2014, I came across this beautiful submarine. For $10 I could tour it and since I was looking for something interesting to shoot, I climbed on board! Plus the fact I toured one back in 1978 when I was shooting slide film and back then was disappointed in the quality of my shots. This was my chance to get a do-over!

Since my tour of the ship I have learned this: The USS Torsk (SS-423) is located at the Baltimore Maritime Museum. It is nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast." In 1945, Torsk made two war patrols off Japan, sinking one cargo vessel and two coastal defense ships, one of which was the last enemy ship sunk by the U.S. Navy in World War II.

I also learned that it is very cramped down there, and even though I'm only 5' 5" I had to be very carful not to knock my head on something or trip over other things. The doorways are very small as it everything else, beds, sinks, bathroom, etc....to make room for all the dials, gauges and pipes!

The ship turned 70 years old about 2 days after I toured it!

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  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 May 2014):

    fantastic shot....vote

  • Patrick Westerfield

    Patrick Westerfield gave props (10 May 2014):

    great essay; voted

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (14 May 2014):

    Great story and shots, I've toured this boat and I'm 5'10"... hit my head a few times!

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (18 May 2014):

    Congrats on being Story of the Week!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone   said (18 May 2014):

    Congrats on being Story of the Week!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 May 2014):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 May 2014):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

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