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History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« on: February 25, 2009, 09:35:25 AM »
Let's start off a new topic.  There is a lot of history about our first submarines, most of which are long gone and forgotten.  Some of these predate even me. 

So first here is a list of classes we will be working with on this bit of history.  I like obscure facts.  At one time, when my memory was still good, I could retain facts about anything.  I was hard to beat at Trivia.  So this being Tuesday I will let this run until next Tuesday or until all questions are answered correctly.

Classes:
•   Alligator
•   Holland
•   Plunger
•   B class
•   C class
•   D class
•   E class
•   F class
•   G class
•   H class
•   K class
•   L class
•   M Class
•   N class
•   O class
•   R class
•   S class

In this list of early - well the first classes - of submarines, which class had a boat with a very unusual hull number? (and what was the number?)

In which submarine was the first Sperry Gyrocompass installed?

Which boat or class of boats was the first to have a double pressure hull?

Finally what are the names of the first 3 submarines "owned" by the US Navy?

So there you have four history questions.  Total of 10 points for all four correct answers.  First 3 are good for 2 Pt's, and the last is 4 Pt's.

Super bonus of 10 Pt's - Which submarine was commissioned with the young Lieutenant Chester W. Nimitz in command.

Earn a total of 20 points on your way to Submarine History Champ!  Maybe we can come up with a prize for the winner at the end of this series. 

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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009, 07:22:55 PM »
Wow.  This is a bump for answers.  I have none right off.

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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2009, 01:55:18 AM »
Geez, John.  These are really tough.  I'm embarrassed to say I don't think I'd do too well. :-\
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2009, 01:56:30 AM »
Was it the S-Class that had the first gyroscope?
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2009, 12:11:26 PM »
G Class USS Seal (SS 19 1/2)

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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2009, 01:59:28 PM »
G Class USS Seal (SS 19 1/2)

 :-\  Great, now I really feel bad.
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2009, 10:38:22 PM »
SS-19 1/2 is correct Dave.  Good work.  G-1 had a couple of the other answers... :laugh:

Hint - do a google search for submarine classes - just that and see if you can find a place that has the list that I started with and then you will find links on each class - then links on each boat.  To save you time all the answers should be from the G-class back to the first classes.

What the hell here is the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_submarine_classes
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2009, 10:40:21 PM »
[quote :-\  Great, now I really feel bad. [/quote]

Bill you are just not old enough to know these older classes. :crazy2:
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2009, 01:19:52 PM »
[quote :-\  Great, now I really feel bad.

Bill you are just not old enough to know these older classes. :crazy2:

Finally!!!  A plus for not knowing something. :D
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009, 08:19:40 PM »
Everyone gets a plus here!  :)
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2009, 07:47:56 AM »
Well I guess this was a bit too hard or just a bust for everyone  :'(

So here are your answers, since Dave is the only one that answered one question correctly - Dave is the winner with 10 points.

In this list of early - well the first classes - of submarines, which class had a boat with a very unusual hull number? (and what was the number?)

G-1 SS-19 ½, also named Seal
She had 2 fixed torpedo tubes in the bow and four more that were mounted on the deck.


In which submarine was the first Sperry Gyrocompass installed?

USS E-1 SS-24 originally named Skipjack
Launched 27 May 1911, commissioned 14 February 1912, also with Lt. Chester W. Nimitz in Command (his second command of a submarine, so not the bonus question answer)


Which boat or class of boats was the first to have a double pressure hull?

M-1 SS-47 was the first double hull boat

Finally what are the names of the first 3 submarines "owned" by the US Navy?

1st was the Submarine Propeller, aka Alligator
2nd was the Intelligent Whale
3rd was the USS Holland


Super bonus of 10 Pt's - Which submarine was commissioned with the young Lieutenant Chester W. Nimitz in command.

USS C-5 SS-16, also called Snapper, launched 16 June 1908, commissioned 2 February 1910 with Lt. Chester W. Nimitz in command

Well that wraps this one up.  I guess Darrin and I will need to go back to the old drawing boards to come up with somehting a bit more interesting.  Some of these history bites and pieces make good injections into conversations with tourists visiting your boats. I bet not too many people even know that Nimitz was a submarine sailer.
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2009, 08:13:24 AM »
Thanks for the answers John.  That's some pretty unique stuff there.

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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2009, 08:17:24 AM »
Learning about sumarines should not just be about WWII fleet-types.  Much of what was in those boats comes from earlier experiments and inovations. Each class is step forward.
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Re: History quizez - not actually SOB, but close
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2014, 03:52:16 PM »
Very late to the show...
I got happy that I had just read a lot of this in Freidman's "U.S. Submarines Through 1945 - An Illustrated Design History" and for once, I knew an answer or two!
...Then...

*sigh*

Looks like I'll keep reading...
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