The Submarine that I told you about in this blog post
Was a German U-505
It is the only German Sub in the entire U.S.
That kind of doesn’t really seem like a big deal to me though
Why would there be an abundance of GERMAN Subs in America?
The Museum of Science & Industry has it on display
Here’s a great time lapse video of how they painstakingly got it there
You can go and look at the whole exhibit
And, if you want to, you can buy a ticket to actually go on board the sub
Now, there were about 12 people
5 of which were kids
On the tour we went on
And that boat was C-R-O-W-D-E-D!
The guide told us that when it was operational
It was home to 59 crew
And THEN, he tells us that the sailors would shower before getting on board
Then head off on a mission
And not take another shower until they got off
Usually more that ONE HUNDRED days later
Helloooo dick cheese!
In another bid to ignore all semblance of personal hygiene
On board they have what they referred to as ‘HOT RACKS’
Racks being their bunk beds
They were called HOT because there was always someone in them
The crew would rotate in 3 x 8 hours shifts
So when one bloke got up and out of his bunk
Another would fall right into it
It would still be warm from the previous fella
Can you imagine the gooey-jizz-dribble-stained sheets they were sleeping on?
‘Cause I’m pretty sure if they didn’t have showers on board
They didn’t have a laundry
No wonder they called those things PIG BOATS
This particular boat has a fascinating story
I bought a great book about it
And have been boring the girls with it at bedtime
And I may even have told them that there were princesses in it so they would listen to me
A white lie at the most peeps
It’s got me interested
But I find these pieces of history so intriguing
You can read a great run down of this sub’s history HERE
Don’t worry though
I still enjoy a good fart joke
AND flower pictures
I’m just an all round shiny example of cultural diversity aren’t I?