ANYWAY - the U505 was mentioned a lot in the book "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson . . one of the longest titles I had ever seen. Excellent book (I skipped past the personal "how we got to this point" section).
ANYWAY, the USS Cobia was pretty interesting but was NOT built in Wisconsin but is "like" the 28 subs which were built in Manitowoc during World War II
The USS Cobia was a Gato-class submarine which formed the core of the submarine service that was largely responsible for the destruction of the Japanese merchant marine and a large portion of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II.
Her first war patrol was bound for the Bonin Islands where she sank 3 ships one of them the Nisshu Maru, a troop transport carrying a Japanese tank regiment to Iwo Jima. Only two tank crewmen of the 26th Tank Regiment died but all of the regiment's 28 tanks went to the bottom of the sea.
|Main gangway leading to the bow. Opening about 2x3 feet.|
The Cobia carried 80 personal and patrols were normally about 2 months. Of those 80 only 15 EVER got to go topside for fresh air - the other 65 never saw the outdoors for 2 months and stayed below in 80-90 degrees and 80-90 % humidity. Showers were few and you COULD smoke on board! Awesome!
|Christmas Tree panel showing what hatches were open or closed|
You can read his account of the story here. Here is a photo of him being rescued by the Cobia.
|After Engine Room (DJ in the middle).|
|Bow torpedo tubes|
There are parts of the ship I could not get into as they were too small for a tour. The conning tower the actual engine room and many rooms were smaller then a bathroom stall. The actual toilets, of which there were 5(?) had a process of 9 actions to flush. Miss one of those things and the next guy got "freckled". Showers were used to store food so no showers.
So that is my story - I'm hoping to get up close and personal at some point on the USS Cobia.
Have a great rest of the week, turning HOT and then turning COLD. Your typical late summer heat up, violent weather, and then cool down.
Thursday the Packers play, the Badgers play and the Brewers play, lets make it a trifecta!