A MUCH NICER LOOKING DAY TODAY
This is Saturday’s post. We couldn’t find us an internet signal in the wilds of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula Saturday night. Update:: Am publishing this Sunday morning from a McDonalds in Campbelltown, New Brunswick.
To say it was a rough night would be putting it mildly. Winds never did let up and by the sounds of driving rain against the sides of the coach in the night we think it must have been sleet although there was no sign of anything on the ground this morning. Massive clouds were moving so fast across the sky from South to North late Friday evening it looked like they were racing to reach the North Pole. Inside the coach overnight it sounded like we were being peppered by a thousand BB guns. Winds had shifted and were coming in straight off the water by first light. When I took Pheebs out about 6 those shifting winds were still wanting to pick us up and knock us upside down. However, patches of strained sunlight through a few holes in the gray cloud cover were encouraging.
IT WAS A WINDY COLD SATURDAY MORNING WE WOKE UP TO
Walked over shortly before 9 am. and purchased my ticked to board the submarine, Onondaga. Wanted to make sure I was the first person onboard and had my fingers crossed I’d be the only person. Close but not quite. Luckily I had a good head start on a couple people behind me.
TO REACH THE LARGE BUS AND RV PARKING AREA HEAD OUT THAT ROAD IMMEDIATELY TO THE RIGHT OF THE SUBMARINE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING…..YOU CAN OUR RIG OUT THERE
Here’s the way it works. I was given an audio device and as I went through the Sub there were numbers posted. I simply pressed the numbers and a recorded voice came on telling me about the area I was in. For me it was an interesting and well spent 50 minutes I had in that submarine looking at everything and taking lots of pictures. Had there been a bunch of other people in there I would have had to get out because the noise in that small cramped submarine space from a gaggle of chattering people or hollering school kids would have been cataclysmic to my relaxed quiet world. I’m not claustrophobic but being surrounded in a small space by a bunch of people gives me the heebee jeebees.
I HEAD OUT THE DOOR AND DOWN THE WOODEN WALKWAY TO THE SUB,,,,I’M GOING FAST BECAUSE I WANT TO PUT AS MUCH DISTANCE BETWEEN ME AND WHOVER AND WHATEVER NOISE IS COMING BEHIND ME
THIS IS MY AUDIO GUIDE
AT THE END OF THAT GANGPLANK IS THE REAR ENTRANCE TO THE SUB….THE TOUR STARTS IN THE STERN AND MOVES TO THE BOW
ONE OF TWO PROPELLOR BLADES, REAR TORPEDO TUBE AND TRIM FINS
TWO REAR TORPEDO TUBES WHICH ARE CAPPED OFF
REAR TORPEDO ROOM CREW QUARTERS
TORPEDOS ARE LOADED INTO THE SUB THROUGH ROUND UPPER DECK HATCH ABOVE RIGHT PHOTO
I’M MOVING FORWARD THROUGH THAT ROUND WATERTIGHT BULKHEAD DOOR
A LOOK BACK AT THE REAR TORPEDO ROOM
IN AN EXTREME EMERGENCY CREW GATHERS HERE AND PUTS ON ORANGE LIFE SAVING SUITS, COMPARTMENT IS FLOODED AND THEY ESCAPE THE SUB THROUGH AN UPPER HATCH
LOOKING STRAIGHT UP THROUGH THE EMERGENCY ESCAPE HATCH AND PHOTO BELOW SHOWS THAT HATCH AT THE TOP OF THE LEFT PHOTO
ALL PASSAGEWAYS ARE EXTREMELY NARROW IN THE SUB AND BARELY WIDE ENOUGH FOR ONE PERSON
OLDER SUBMARINES RAN ON EITHER DIESEL OR ELECTRIC AND HERE ARE THE MONITORING PANELS FOR THE ELECTRICAL POWER
DIESEL BATTERIES ARE STORED ON A DECK BELOW THIS DECK
THIS IS THE ENGINE ROOM LOOKING FORWARD TOWARDS THE CONTROL ROOM
FLOOR HATCH AND LADDER LEAD TO DECK BELOW WHERE ACCESS IS GAINED TO ELECTRICAL BATTERIES AND ENGINES
AL POINTS FORWARD TO WHERE ALL THE ENGINE GAUGES ARE
EACH DIESEL ENGINE HAS IT’S OWN SET OF GAUGES AND CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE HOW HOT, NOISY, AND CRAMPED IT WOULD BE WORKING HERE AROUND THESE ENGINES…..BOTH PHOTOS ARE LOOKING TOWARDS THE STERN
WIRES, DIALS, GAUGES, HANDLES, LIGHTS, AND LEVERS EVERYWHERE
I REMEMBER MY AUDIO DEVICE TELLING ME ABOUT THIS BUT I’VE FORGOTTON
ONE OF TWO SHOWERS I SAW…..70 CREWMEN ON THIS SUB AND ONLY 20 SECONDS PER MAN ALLOWED FOR SHOWER TIME……HEAVY STEEL BULKHEAD DOOR
OKAY, MOVING RIGHT ALONG
CONTROL ROOM AHEAD
LOOKING BACK TOWARDS THE ENGINE ROOM
SINKS FOR WASHING
OFFICER’S WASHROOM I THINK
RADIO ROOM AND CAPTAINS CABIN
CONTROL ROOM WHERE THE CAPTAIN HANGS OUT WITH PERISCOPES, RADIO AND SONAR GEAR PLUS ALL KINDS OF ELECTRONIC THINGS
SEVERAL DIFFERENT FUNCTIONING PERISCOPES
LOOKS LIKE A VIDEO GAME ARCADE IN HERE
THIS IS THE STAINLESS STEEL GALLEY WHERE THE COOK RESIDES
HARDLY BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO PEOPLE IN HERE
NARROW HALLWAYS AND NARROW BUNKS
OFFICER’S MESS ABOVE AND 3 BED SICK BAY BELOW
LOOKING BACK TO THE CONTROL ROOM FROM THE CREW’S QUARTERS
CREW BUNKS AND FORWARD EMERGENCY ESCAPE HATCH
FAR BULKHEAD DOOR LEADS TO THE FORWARD TORPEDO ROOM
LOOKING FORWARD INTO THE TORPEDO ROOM
LOOKING BACK TO THE CREW’S QUARTERS FROM THE FORWARD TORPEDO ROOM
THE FORWARD TORPEDO ROOM IS THE LARGEST AREA IN THE BOAT
TORPEDOS ARE SECURED ON THESE RACKS
CHAINS AND PULLEYS FOR MANEUVERING TORPEDOES AROUND
FORWARD EMERGENCY ESCAPE SUITS AND TOP HATCH FOR LOADING TORPEDOS DOWN INTO FORWARD TORPEDO ROOM
FORWARD EMERGENCY ESCAPE HATCH
EACH ONE OF THOSE BAGS CONTAINS AND EMERGENCY ESCAPE SUIT
SIX FORWARD FIRING TORPEDO TUBES WITH ONE TUBE OPEN TO THE OUTSIDE
I AM WEARING THE LE TOQUE BECAUSE OF COLD WINDS OUTSIDE BUT IT WAS PLENTY WARM IN THE SUB
LOOKING OUT THE TORPEDO TUBE
LOOKING AFT FROM IN FRONT OF THE TORPEDO TUBES
ONE OF THE HEAVY CLAMPS FOR SECURING THE TORPEDO TUBE DOORS
LOOKING FORWARD BETWEEN THE TORPEDO TUBES AND TORPEDO TUBES AT BOTTOM AND ROUND ESCAPE HATCH AT TOP
I EXIT THE SUB VIA THE FRONT TORPEDO ROOM AFTER 50 WELL SPENT EDUCATIONAL MINUTES
IN THE BUILDING LOBBY ARE A FEW PHOTOS OF CREW MEMBERS IN THE SUB WHEN IT WAS OPERATIONAL
THE CAPTAIN I PRESUME
After my Sub tour I walked back to the Motorhome with gusting cold winds still coming in across the wide mouth of the St. Lawrence River.
THIS IS WHERE WE RE-POSITIONED OURSELVES AND RODE OUT THE WIND AND RAIN STORM FRIDAY NIGHT
A WEE DRIVE AROUND POINTE-AU-PERE
SCULPTURE IN FRONT OF THE ‘EMPRESS OF IRELAND’ MUSEUM
We decided to get ourselves off the shoreline and head up to a place called Mont-Joli then make our way inland across the Gaspe in the direction of New Brunswick.
SOME NICE COLORFUL PLACES ALONG HIGHWAY 132
Clouds continued to dissipate as we drove along the St Lawrence’s shoreline and with more and more sunshine breaking through we had us a nice scenic drive all the way to Mont-Joli. Even spotted a dump station along the way and were able to take care of the gray and black tanks. Quick stop at McDonalds for coffee to go in Mont-Joli then set our sails for New Brunswick.
HEADING EAST OUT OF MONT-JOLI ON HIGHWAY 132
Highway 132 from Mont-Joli to Campbelltown New Brunswick is designated a scenic highway and we sure enjoyed the scenery alright, Rolling green forested hills and all the farms and old buildings along the way were as neat as a pin. We followed the Metapedia River for quite a ways and I was reminded of places in Colorado where we have been. Truly the nicest part of Quebec we’ve seen.
By 2 in the afternoon we were both tired from Friday night’s ordeal with the high winds and rain all night. Still in Quebec we spotted a nice spacious forested rest area alongside a river and wheeled in for a leg stretch and a rest. Decided to see if we could maybe spend the night. Being in kind of a canyon it wasn’t until we had the slides out that we realized we didn’t have an internet or phone signal. Decided we were too tired to go any further and that was that. Saturday’s post would have to wait until we found an internet signal somewhere Sunday.
WHERE WE SPENT THE NIGHT WAS HERE NEXT TO THIS OLD COVERED BRIDGE
Happy to report our Chevy 8.1 Workhorse engine is running like a fine tuned sewing machine again and the engine light on the dash has disappeared. No hiccups or misfires like Friday. In a comment in Friday’s post Clark Rambling said, “Al, if you have the Workhorse 8.1 liter engine in your coach the following was a problem with it sometimes. When we drove in very heavy rain with the pavement full of water the water sometimes entered through the air cleaner and caused the engine to miss”. I think Clark was right on the money with his diagnosis. No wet roads or rain today and the engine was just fine. That’s a good thing to know about water getting into the air cleaner.
OUR SPOT FOR THE NIGHT AND WE WERE THE ONLY ONES HERE WITH JUST THE LIGHT OF THE MOON TO KEEP US COMPANY:))
Not really sure where we are tonight except to say we are maybe 40 miles or so West of Campbellton New Brunswick somewhere. Good roads and great scenery but must say we will be really glad to reach New Brunswick where we can read the road signs again and understand them, go into a Tim Hortons or McDonalds and not have to make wild hand gestures and grunting noises to explain what we want to folks who can’t understand what we are saying. Or we them. It will be nice to see signs on buildings and stores again and know what they are and most of all see words we understand and can easily say. It sure wouldn’t interest either Kelly or I to go to a country where we didn’t understand the language.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S MOON AS SEEN FROM SOMEWHERE ON THE GASPE PENINSULA
GROANER’S CORNER:(( The man approached a very beautiful woman in a large supermarket and asked, "You know, I've lost my wife here in the supermarket. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?" "Why?" she asks. "Because every time I talk to a a beautiful woman, my wife appears out of nowhere."
Thanks for the submarine tour. I was also interested in your previous post regarding the ships colliding and all the lives lost. Did not know about that.ReplyDelete
We saw that same covered bridge in June on our trip. I did feel the same as you and was so glad to get into New Brunswick...We stayed at Perth-Andover for a couple of days just to relax after Quebec.
I'm enjoying following along this trip.
Different strokes for different folks... we love going to countries with a different language and culture.ReplyDelete
It's nice all we humans have our different strokes. It makes life on our Planet much easier and more tolerable for all of us.ReplyDelete
Great submarine tour and very well photographed. There is no way I could have done that tour never mind actually dive down under water in that thing. I was claustrophobic just reading your post. Happy for you that you were able to do something you really like. Another great overnight stop.ReplyDelete
What a fun tour of the sub , thanks for the pictures. Nice that road out the storm, and are enjoying most of the tour. Really too bad about Quebec not really being bilingual.ReplyDelete
Great post and photos Al! Really enjoyed the sub photos. I think I spent as long looking at them as you did taking them. Very cramped spaces for sure - glad you had it mostly to yourself. I think I'd be hanging out in the forward torpedo room most of the time! Wandering Willy and I toured the USS Lexington aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi a few years back. Similar hardware, but a bit more room. They even installed an 'Imax' screen in the front aircraft elevator.ReplyDelete
It's tough when you can't read the road signs, etc. I didn't spend much time in Quebec either when I passed through - it's too bad :-( But I found Australia almost as tough. Supposedly they speak English, but that doesn't mean you can understand their signs or lingo!
Great post, Al. Beautiful scenic roads you are traveling and your photos are again bringing many happy RV travels back to me.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed the sub tour. I’ve never been on one but I am fascinated by them. I read lots of WWII books and tv documentaries about them. The sub men are a different breed of guys and I am proud of their service. Thanks, Al.ReplyDelete
Glad you had the opportunity to take all those sub photos. Very interesting.ReplyDelete
Like a kid in a candy store. I prefer my tight RV living.ReplyDelete
Thank you for posting the detailed sub tour. I suspected it was British when I saw the doors and knew it was new with the sonar nose. Launched in 1965 and retired in 2000 it had a good life working for Canada. Very nice condition inside also. Sure hope you go to Fundy Park and Hopewell Rocks along your way. That covered bridge is great also, I am fascinated by large things made of wood by craftsmen of the past. Thank YouReplyDelete
Very nice blog Al...the Onondaga tour was really neat...but I got clausterphobia just looking at your photos. Looks like pretty country there...ReplyDelete
You out did yourself on all the photo's of the submarine. Really enjoyed them and all the other photo's thanks for taking the time to post them.
Fascinating tour and great photos! But I think the claustrophobia would get me!ReplyDelete