During my trip a few weeks ago, I spent a bit of time on the waterfront – and how that has changed in the last 33 years. The Maritime Museum had really expanded.
The Star of India has been there as long as I can remember – but there were a lot of new additions. The most interesting to me was the B-39, a Soviet Foxtrot-Class diesel sub from the 1970s.
Another surprise – the USS Dolphin – a US Navy research submarine built for deep diving. She set a deep dive record still held today, and was decommissioned only in 2007.
The HMS Surprise – built as a replica of a 1700s British frigate was used in the filming of Master And Commander.
Other additions? The Stars and Stripes, from the America’s Cup. Then there was the ferryboat Berkeley, which saw decades of service in San Francisco Bay. Imagine riding in that on the open sea being towed 400 miles to San Diego. I actually attended a wedding reception there about 10 year ago.
I was on the “quick tour” – had to get to Shakespeares – but I did spend time on the 2 subs.
Pay attention to the Soviet’s attitude towards those sub sailors who were claustrophobic!
By the way, this sub – built in the early 70s, seemed like a Cadillac as far as room compared to the USS Pompanito I showed you awhile back.