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The Wardroom

Flat Stanley at the Officers' Wardroom

Hi everyone!
I went through the watertight hatch and guess where it brought me? It brought me to the Wardroom. The Wardroom is a part of “Officer Country” which is what the enlisted crew called the officers’ living quarters. The Wardroom is where the officers would eat, socialize, and have meetings. You can see that the table is set for a meal now. Look at all of that fancy stuff! We only set our table like that when we were having special guests over. I wonder if they were celebrating something or if these were their everyday dishes. What do you think?
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Torpedoes everywhere…

Stanley in the Torpedo Room

Holy cow!!!! Look at me; I’m down below….how cool is this?!
I am in the Torpedo Room. In fact I am standing in front of a torpedo that is stored on board. My friends told me that the Torpedo Room can hold 24 torpedoes which could be fired from one of 6 torpedo tubes. These torpedoes are huge!!! I wonder if the men who were on the ship were afraid? I guess not, since there are two that are working right next to them. (Well, they’re not real people; they’re mannequins which are supposed to show what life was like for the men who were on the boat. I don’t care, they’re still cool…)
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All Aboard…

LS1 Thomas and Stanley

Welcome aboard the USS NAUTILUS!!!
As I came from the pier, I crossed the bow and entered the welcome area for the NAUTILUS. Here I met my new friend, LS1 Thomas. At first I thought that LS1 was his first name, but he told me that it was not his name, it is actually his rate.
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USS NAUTILUS (SSN571)

USS NAUTILUS on the Thames River after launching.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season; I know I sure did! But, now I’m back and very excited to explore the USS NAUTILUS.
The USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571), is the world’s first nuclear powered submarine. It was built by Electric Boat Company from 1952-54 and launched into the Thames River, here in Groton, on January 21, 1954. She is 323’ 9” in length, with a 27’ 8” beam. Her top speeds have been recorded as 22 knots on the surface and 20+ knots submerged.
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I Spy…The NAUTILUS!

The Nautilus!

Hi everbody!
Loooooook!!!!! It’s the NAUTILUS! I made it! I am soooo excited! I know you can’t tell from these pictures, but she is huge! Look at how small I am, standing in front of her.
The picture on the left shows me standing in front of the NAUTILUS sail, which shows her hull number (SSN 571) as well as three letters. NAUTILUS has a white “E”, a red “E” and a white “A” painted on the sail. These letters represent awards that the ship received for being the best in its class.
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Looking for the Nautilus

Flat Stanley looking for Nautilus

Hi everybody!
Boy, have I had lots of fun looking at things inside the museum! There is so much more to see here that I haven’t shared with you, but I figured it was time to make my way to the USS NAUTILUS. I can’t wait any longer….
Hmmmm….they told me that it was outside the museum, tied up at a pier on the Thames River. I’m looking and looking, but I can’t seem to find it, not even with the help of these cool binoculars. I can see lots of other neat things, though. Let’s see, if I look south, down the river towards Long Island Sound, I can see a HUGE bridge. The Goldstar Bridge, which is 6,00 feet long, spans the Thames River and connects Groton (where the museum is) and New London, which was a big whaling port a long time ago. (I haven’t been there yet, but I’m sure my adventures will take me there sometime.) The first span of the bridge was built in 1943 and the second span was finished in 1973.
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Stanley – Gato Class Submarine

Gato Model

Happy Friday!

Today I am standing in front of a cut-away of a Gato Class Submarine model (It sure was nice of my help to help me stand there for the picture!) I’m not sure if you can tell, but the model is BIG and is hanging from the ceiling! The model has openings in it to show visitors, like me, what living inside a submarine would be like. Boy, it sure does look cramped in there!
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Stanley – WWII Attack Center

periscope

Hi everybody! It’s me Stanley. I know it’s hard to see me today. Can you guess where I am?

I am in a re-creation of a World War II submarine Attack Center. The attack center would be located in the conning tower compartment, which is below the bridge and above the control room of the submarine. It contains lots of cool things. It has equipment such as a steering stand, a torpedo data computer, firing panel, radar screen, sonar, fathometers, navigation plot charts, and as you can see – periscopes. All of these things were used for target location and weapon firing.
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Stanley – USS BULLFISH Control Panel

Stanley - Control Panel

Hi everyone! Wahoo….look at me! I’m sitting in front of the Control Panel of the USS BULLFISH (SSN 676).

The BULLFISH was a Sturgeon class submarine, designed and built by General Dynamics/Electric Boat in Groton, CT, in 1970. It was about 292 feet in length and had a 32 foot beam. The BULLFISH did not run on diesel fuel like earlier submarines, instead it used nuclear propulsion. My friends explained that the submarine has a nuclear power plant on board. They told me that nuclear power works by the controlled splitting of atoms, which leads to the release of energy, (mostly as heat.) This heat energy is used to heat water, which makes steam. The steam can be used to move the ship, by driving turbines, which then turn a propeller. The steam can also be used to drive turbines in generators which can supply electricity for all of the Submarine’s systems, including, lights and oxygen makers. That’s pretty fancy!
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Stanley – Bushnell’s Turtle

stanley and the turtle

Hi everybody! My adventure inside the Submarine Force Museum has brought me to a VERY cool thing….(I know I keep saying that for everything, but to be honest, everything here IS cool!)

In this picture you can see me standing in front of (and in) Bushnell’s Turtle. My friends told me that it isn’t the real Turtle, it’s actually a full-sized replica of the original Turtle. It was designed and built by David Bushnell, who lived in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. How cool is that?! He named it the Turtle because he thought it looked like two turtle shells strapped together.
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