Get-Away, Day 1 of 3
Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45
Photos taken June 8, 2005
Posted June16, 2005
© 2005, Herbert E. Lindberg
About a year ago Mary and I signed up for a 3-day package
promotional trip to
San Francisco. It was hard to refuse two nights at the Sheraton hotel
Fisherman's Wharf, including parking, plus two tickets to a Giants
game, all for
$200. We plunked down our $200 and then never got around to making
until this Spring. I chose the June 9th game against Kansas City
because it was
the only afternoon game and we were most interested in seeing the new
Giants stadium (SBC Park -- ugg!) with its beautiful view of the bay in
We drove to SF on Wednesday, June 8th in pouring rain and
howling wind and
checked into the hotel about 2 p.m. Rain or not, we walked the few
Pier 45 to see some sights. We saw the game the next day (Day 2 of this
series) and then wandered Pier 39 on the morning of Day 3 before
heading back to
Our first stop after a half-mile walk in the rain with
blowing inside out was the museum of
mid-century mechanical carnival machines, which houses a vast
machines and action displays from defunct places like the Cliff House.
|You can see less than half of
this display here. Read the sign at the bottom.
Mary plunked in two quarters to make the lights come on, the Ferris
wheel go round, etc.
|This is one of six cubicles
that made up "Santa Claus Work Shop."
You can see the complete six-cubical Santa Claus Work Shop in the
of the picture below. The farm in the foreground was the most
in the museum in terms of detail and action.
Two more quarters made this mechanical
marvel go into action (in the next picture).
Everything on the farm moved, including each and every sheep, cow,
duck, goose, chicken, hay bailer, etc.
|The windmill is now whirling,
the ducks waddling, the chickens pecking, the cows nodding, people
After spending about an hour gaping at all the carnival displays, we
back out into the rain and along Pier 45. Moored there was the USS
Pampanito, a World War II
submarine, launched in 1944 and credited with six sunken Japanese
severely damaged, and 73 Australian POW's rescued after returning to
of one of the sinkings. Tickets to tour the sub were half price for
we got two for $10 and were given little self-tour sound players about
of a cell phone. When we got on board we found that the dreary, rainy
so bad after all -- because of the bad weather hardly anyone was on the
there were only six other people scattered around the inside of the
sub. At each
of the 11 stations that the sound player explained what we were seeing,
the only ones in the room -- it was marvelous! Especially when you
Pampanito hosts approximately 110,000 visitors a year
and is one of the
most popular historic vessels in the country (from their Web
World War II submarine, with Coit Tower in
the rainy background.
Engine and motor-generator control room,
where the operator distributed diesel power
to charge the batteries and electric power to run the propulsion motors.
|One of four monster diesel
A pair is in this "after engine room" and another in the "forward
When these were running (which was most of the time while at the
surface) the sound was deafening.
While submerged, peak speed was only 9 knots and could be maintained
only an hour. Most travel was therefore done at the surface, where
the diesel engines running was about twice as fast. Submerged operation
to lay in wait for a target, at much reduced speed to conserve battery
the picture below I've turned around 180 degrees to face aft. Each of
engines is a Fairbanks-Morse 10-cylinder opposed piston engine with an
1,600 shaft horsepower.
Mary in the "after engine room."
The large tubes on each side are for air induction, with most of the
air consumed by the engines.
|This is the dive control
The dive control room was a maze of pipes and valves to pump water into
of the ballast tanks. Valves and pipes are on one side of the room
vane-control wheels and depth gages (above) are on the other side.
|A maze of valves, gages, and
pipes to enable dives.
|Two of the six firing tubes in
the forward torpedo room. The aft room had four tubes.
|Close-up of left tube above,
to show valves, levers, etc.
P.S. to this page: These submarine pictures would
not have been possible without the image-stabilized wide-angle lens on
Rebel digital camera. Many of them were taken with available light
much) and an ISO setting of 800, and with the camera fully zoomed out
wide-angle 17 mm focal length (27 mm equivalent for a full-frame 35-mm
For the picture immediately above I zoomed in a bit (to 30 mm) and used
get the detail. I also brightened the inside of the torpedo tube during
post-processing so you can see the torpedo.
Proceed to Day 2
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