Edit Blog Post
Published: January 7th 2011
We spent New Years Day aboard the USS Yorktown ( an aircrat carrier and battleship) which we wanted to see but was also one of the few tourist destinations available to us that wasn't closed for New Years day. There is so much to see that it is hard to know where to start. We took five of the six self guided tours available and saw the berth, the mess hall, the officers quarters, the galley, the infirmary, the brig, the radar room, the hanger and the flight deck among other things and of course many many planes displayed. I was glad to have the yellow arrows painted on the floor to guide us on tour as the ship is humongous and very confusing with all of the corridors that look the same. While there were diagrams of the various areas posted for sailors, I think that it would have taken a very long time to find morpedos around y way around without the arrows in peacetime never mind during the hecticness of battle. That said, I would have much preferred serving aboard the USS Yorktown to the USS Clamagore which was a submarine that was also stationed in port. Apart
Aboard the USS Clamagore
see what I mean about being more cramped
from being small and cramped and narrow it was noisy and during use with engines up it would have been 110 degrees F. Also the poor submariners in the torpedo room had bunks placed around the torpedos and shared 12 bunks for 18 submariners and when they did get a chance to sleep they would have had people manning the the torpedos around them. You really have to admire the sacrifices made by these men in exchange for serving their country and minimal pay.
Tot: 0.916s; Tpl: 0.161s; cc: 10; qc: 30; dbt: 0.0326s; 1; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb