The USS Drum Submarine is located on the Battleship Memorial Park grounds as part of the USS Alabama exhibit. This sub was commissioned in 1941 and played a part in World War II.
On your way to the entrance to the submarine you will pass by a replica of one of the first submarines – the H. L. Hunley. There is also a USN Patrol Boat off to the left of this view.
While on deck you can take in the view looking out towards Mobile Bay.
The ship’s bell is prominently displayed on deck.
On of the best views is the deck guns.
Once you finish touring the deck it’s time to head down into the sub. Watch your step.
The interior is full of machinery and controls everywhere. The picture above shows the diesel engines that powered the sub and charged the batteries for running under water.
The doorways are rather small and even I (at 5′ 8″) had to learn how to pass through them without hurting myself.
This is the control room for steering and navigating. Don’t touch the 3rd lever from the left if you know what’s good for you.
Unfortunately the front torpedo room was locked so I couldn’t fire any torpedoes that day.
All kidding aside, this submarine had quite an impressive war record. I could only imagine what the crew went through in performing their duties. I love the fact that it is on display honoring those that served rather than sold for scrap metal.
A big thank you to those that planned such a vessel, those that built such a magnificent piece of machinery, and those that operated it during wartime and peacetime to preserve our freedom.
This submarine may not be for everyone (my wife waited in the car) but I loved it. It is history as well as a magnificent piece of engineering.
Hint: Submarines are designed to be small. If you are a large person or feel claustrophobic, you may not want to tour the inside.
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