Today we braved 25 mile hour winds to go to the Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile Alabama. This part has something for everyone that loves military relics – tanks, planes, a battleship and a submarine. The tour is amazing. You get to go into a lot of the parts of the boats. Leslie calls it her ladder tour because we got to climb up and down 10 levels of the ship.
The USS Alabama, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy named after the US state of Alabama. Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. She was decommissioned in 1947 and assigned to the reserve duty. She was retired in 1962. The first two pictures are self-explanatory. The next picture is the dentist office in the ship. Leslie wanted to put it in here because she felt that a lot of people on the blog would recognize that this is how dentists office used to look. Every medical specialty had its own room. We had a definite opinion after looking at the operating room that we would not have been thrilled having surgery while the boat was rolling on the waves.
The next picture shows some shells for the guns that were stored next to some extra gun barrels. This ship was definitely ready for war. The next picture is of the beds the crew had to sleep in (they would have swayed like crazy at sea). Leslie decided she would have had to be a high-ranking officer because they had their own room and the bed was bolted to the side of the ship. We put Don in the brig. Leslie is not sure if it is coincidental or not that the bar is right across his mouth in the picture.
USS Drum is a Gato-class submarine of the United States Navy. It was the first Navy ship named after the drum, any of various types of fish capable of making a drumming sound. Drum was laid down on September 11, 1940 and launched on May 12, 1941. It was the first Gato class submarine to enter WWII and is the oldest of her class still in existence. The pictures are fairly self-explanatory. We had to put the one of the torpedo tube with the Christmas tree in it. Very cute. The last is a picture of one of the planes at the park.