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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Better Current USS San Francisco Photos

The Navy finally has the new photos of the San Francisco up on their website, here and here. Also, word on the streets is that 60 Minutes Wednesday will be airing a story on the San Fran grounding on May 18th.


Blogger ninme said...

If a submarine just sat there on a dry, hard surface, without scaffolding or anything, how structurally sound would it be?

5/10/2005 11:51 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Just by itself, it would probably tip over; they're normally put down on "keel blocks" beneath the hull, and they're fine without the scaffolding.

5/11/2005 12:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the keel blocks are there as well as "side blocks" which are cranked in from the side during the docking evolution. The scaffolding just blocks the view. The scaffolding itself provides no support whatever to the submarine. It is merely a foundation for work platforms at various levels

5/11/2005 7:16 AM

Blogger ninme said...

But the bolts all wouldn't give and the joints groan and the seams come apart under its sustained weight?

What side would it settle on? It's not bottom-heavy?

5/11/2005 11:00 AM

Anonymous shipfitter said...

The sub was built on keel blocks..and like all ships, has specially strengthened frames inside in the locations these keel blocks go. All ships, including subs, carry with them a "docking plan", so that if the ship requires docking, the drydock master will know the exact spacing and locations of these docking frames. And the structual design of the vessel, also takes docking into consideration. I will admit, the first time I went under a ship in drydock, and saw just those keel blocks holding it up, I was a bit intimidated by the view. Since I'm a shipfitter by trade, I understood the principle, and got to work:-) And for what it's worth, there are no bolts in that hull...shudder..bolts and bolt holes in a sub hull...shudder. Just welds...very good welds.

5/12/2005 5:01 PM

Anonymous Laura said...

I fully agree with whatever thing you have presented.

9/20/2012 7:27 AM


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