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general_kalle
04-13-2006, 03:53 AM
have u guys been on a real sub?
ive been on a danish sub from just after the war
and a german typeVII in Kiel
cool

Hierophant
04-13-2006, 05:59 AM
10 years on nuclear attack boats in the USN plus tours of various old US WWII fleet boats here in the states.

Haven't made it to Chicago to see U-505 yet, but it's on my list of things to get done.

VikingGrandad
04-13-2006, 07:02 AM
I was lucky enough to visit the U-534 wreck at the Historic Warships Museum at Birkenhead last year, before it closed down http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Here's the photo's I took (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonbowler/sets/565168).

I will never forget what it was like to step inside that boat for the first time and see the split in the pressure hull where the depth charge exploded.

Rudeltaktik1963
04-13-2006, 07:11 AM
I too visited U-534 last year - an unforgetable experience. As Viking Grandad says, being able to see the damage from th depth charge really brings the whole thing home to you. Being able to tour this boat, to expereince the physicallity after reading so much has made my awareness of what is happening in the game so much more intense.

I really hope they can sort out a good home for the boat, so that others can enjoy it too. otherwise its a bit far to pop over for a quick visit to U 505 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Jayhawk500
04-13-2006, 07:31 AM
A little over 4 years on USN diesel-electric boats in North Atlantic (just off the north coast of USSR) during the cold war.

The_Silent_O
04-13-2006, 08:59 AM
I've been on a lot of C-130 one way trips!

I've been on (as a tourist only http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif):
- U-505 in Shy-ca-go!
- USS Squalus conning tower in Portsmouth, NH
- USS Nautilus in New London, CT
- USS Torsk in Baltimore
- USS Lionfish in "Fa" River, MA

That's all that I can remember now...more here...
http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/cno/n87/history/museum.html

DarkOmen13
04-13-2006, 09:36 AM
I was about to go see U534, it's quite a long way from me and had to be planned a bit. I came on the forums and found the post about it closing to the public tomorrow.

A bit upsetting, it's not like there are any others i can go see instead. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

D.

lecek
04-13-2006, 09:54 AM
I have been on the sub ride ad Disney. Does that count?

You know the one shaped like the nautalis from 2000 leagues under the sea?

vozzek69
04-13-2006, 10:34 AM
Been on the Growler while at the Intrepid museum in NYC... man, I could *NEVER* serve on a submarine!!! Way too claustrophobic! Even if I were shorter than 6'2'' it still seemed incredibly small.

Kaleun1961
04-13-2006, 11:19 AM
I went aboard an old Royal Navy sub at Gosport, part of the harbour at Portsmouth. I can't remember the type; maybe it was a retired Oberon, will have to check my photo album when I get home.

Kaleun_Hume
04-13-2006, 11:57 AM
I've been on the USS Nautilus and the USS Growler at the Intrepid museum. Never on a U-Boat, unfortunatly.

WilhelmSchulz.
04-13-2006, 12:04 PM
The Natulis(SSN-527) in Groton C.T
The Growler(SSG-575) in Manhattan N.Y
The Torsk in Baltamor M.A

All very good trips http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Goose_Green
04-13-2006, 12:40 PM
When I was about 10 or so I went on a Royal Navy nuclear sub in Cardiff, South Wales. I think it was an open day or something - too young to appreciate the visit though the only thing I remember was that the corridors were very narrow - even for a 10 year old!!

Back in 2003 while on vacation I went on the USS Growler at the Intrepid museum.

Stuntcow
04-13-2006, 12:48 PM
I was only on the USS Drum (SS-228) in S. Alabama next to the USS Alabama. Was going t go on a russian sub in San Deigo last summer but it was closed. Spent the day on the USS Midway. I live in the south west of the US and all the subs are on the east coast, Chicago or in Wisconsin. Did have a friend who went to see the Torsk and brought me a movie of it back. Am going to go see U-505 one day.

Jayhawk500
04-13-2006, 01:48 PM
Hoo boy, am I old. All this talk about being on museums! And some of them were boats that were active when I was in the service.

Re: Even if I were shorter than 6'2''

I am 6' 4" tall and had to get a waiver. There were only two places on the ship where I could stand up straight.

VikingGrandad
04-13-2006, 02:14 PM
Originally posted by Kaleun1961:
I went aboard an old Royal Navy sub at Gosport, part of the harbour at Portsmouth. I can't remember the type; maybe it was a retired Oberon, will have to check my photo album when I get home.

Was it HMS Alliance? (http://www.rnsubmus.co.uk/tour/alliance.htm)

Not been there myself, but will pay her a visit next time I'm down in the south west. Did you happen to visit Bovington Tank Museum (http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/) when you were in the area? I love that place!

Joyrider1953
04-13-2006, 02:39 PM
I've been on HMCS Okanagan and HMCS Ojibwa, both Oberon Class diesel electrics. As a teenager with a father in the ship repair business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I visited the USS Snake about 1967 and toured the ancient [@ 1948 vintage]HMS Acheron back in 1969. I have Acheron's crest in a trunk somewhere. It shows the Acheron, the wild bull of Greek lore, with the motto "Excreta tauri sapientam fulgeat," -- roughly translated, "BS baffles brains." You gotta love the RN!!!

BueJack
04-13-2006, 02:50 PM
I went on board our local French 'Daphne' class subs, and I was astounded by the complete lack of seperate watertight compartments throught out the whole sub. One leak and the whole lot goes down.

My immeadiate thoughts were... you'll never catch me on one of these 'coffins'
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

HeibgesU999
04-13-2006, 03:18 PM
USS Pampanito
USS Bowfin

Mittelwaechter
04-13-2006, 03:36 PM
I've been in there: http://uboat.net/gallery/index.html?gallery=U96Munich

Nice trip!

rlmdmc
04-13-2006, 03:53 PM
Raised in Chicago, U 505 was a second home to me. Visit Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago for infoon the new room and rehab. Also visited USS Cod (Cleaveland,OH) USS Silversides (Muskegon, MI) Well kept and impressive.

WilhelmSchulz.
04-13-2006, 04:01 PM
Lucky. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

rodan54
04-13-2006, 04:35 PM
Went aboard the USS Pampanito in San Francisco several years back.

general_kalle
04-14-2006, 09:51 AM
well what about surface ships
im looking forward to see HMS Belfast but else ive only been on a relativly modern danish frigate http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

wish we had a Bismark or a hipper

kip13
04-14-2006, 10:10 AM
Hi there was talk of u-534 getting a new home at the dock museum Barrow-in-Furness or near our shipyard at one point.Anyway to get back to the main subject,I worked on the trident subs and toured hms Spartan

VikingGrandad
04-14-2006, 10:36 AM
Originally posted by kip13:
Hi there was talk of u-534 getting a new home at the dock museum Barrow-in-Furness or near our shipyard at one point.

Where did you hear that?

kip13
04-14-2006, 11:28 AM
Originally posted by kip13:
Hi there was talk of u-534 getting a new home at the dock museum Barrow-in-Furness or near our shipyard at one point.Anyway to get back to the main subject,I worked on the trident subs and toured hms Spartan

This was discussed in our local paper(evening mail)late last year.Nothing has been heard of since but i would love a historic attraction like u-534 to stay in the northwest.Theres was a campaign to try to bring a sub from canada to form a submarine museum here,but They could not get the funding to transport her to england.

kip13
04-14-2006, 11:46 AM
Viking grandad Im on holiday at the momment when i get back to Barrow,i could try to find out if anythings come of it.Will let you know either way,good luck with the campaign.

Celeon999
04-14-2006, 12:53 PM
Originally posted by kip13:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by kip13:
Hi there was talk of u-534 getting a new home at the dock museum Barrow-in-Furness or near our shipyard at one point.Anyway to get back to the main subject,I worked on the trident subs and toured hms Spartan

This was discussed in our local paper(evening mail)late last year.Nothing has been heard of since but i would love a historic attraction like u-534 to stay in the northwest.Theres was a campaign to try to bring a sub from canada to form a submarine museum here,but They could not get the funding to transport her to england. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


I heard that the city Plymouth has great interest in buying the HMS Plymouth from Birkenhead.

This is as far as i know the only ship from Birkhead that already has a safe future by now.


Celeon still wants U-534 for the Kriegsmarine memorial at Laboe. It would look great at the side of U-995 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VikingGrandad
04-14-2006, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by kip13:
Viking grandad Im on holiday at the momment when i get back to Barrow,i could try to find out if anythings come of it.Will let you know either way,good luck with the campaign.

Yeah I'd love to know if the rumours are true. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'm not running the campaign, just helping to make people aware of it. I have sent an e-mail to the guy who is running the campaign to see if he has any news, but have not heard anything yet.

I'm all in favour of U-534 moving to Barrow-in-Furness if she can't stay in Merseyside. Barrow is only 2 hrs from where I live (Manchester), so it would be easy for me to visit her again http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Originally posted by Celeon999:
Celeon still wants U-534 for the Kriegsmarine memorial at Laboe. It would look great at the side of U-995 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I agree that Laboe would also be a good home for U-534. It would be amazing to see the well-preserved U-995 VIIC/41 next to the rusted wreck of the larger U-534 IXC/40.

pharmman17
04-15-2006, 06:03 AM
I too went to the Intrepid in NYC about 6 years ago. Either they didn't have the Growler there yet, or they wouldn't let us on that day. I did get to go on the destroyer Essex, which the tour guide told us had been in the Pacific during WWII. Funny, the brass commissioned plate stated the boat was commissioned in 1958. Hmmmm, I thought the war ended in '45. Stupid me.