This type of story is one reason why I enjoy reading the WWII+70 years threads. I had never heard of the Thetis before. In these days of nuclear submarines with underwater endurance based primarily on food supplies for the crew, this story points out just how fragile subs were and even when they weren't fully submerged they could be deathtraps.
After the Thetis was salvaged it was repaired and renamed the HMS Thunderbolt.
posted on 06/03/2009 6:35:08 AM PDT
(No free man bows to a foreign king.)
This type of story is one reason why I enjoy reading the WWII+70 years threads. I had never heard of the Thetis before.
Likewise. The Squalus stories from last week also came as a surprise to me. But did you ever notice that some things come in threes?
posted on 06/03/2009 6:59:32 AM PDT
("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
Does anyone recall the name of a U.S. submarine that sank in the ‘20s? It actually did not sink entirely, but plunged bow first into the mud at a near vertical angle with eight feet of the stern left above water. The crew was trapped for two days until they managed to drill through the hull with a hand brace and a file and raise a flag to attract attention. Incredibly, no one was even looking for them.
posted on 06/03/2009 7:05:19 AM PDT
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