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1950s San Francisco, as seen through a submarine periscope (USS Catfish SS-339)
IO9 ^ | May 25, 2013 | Lauren Davis

Posted on 05/26/2013 8:46:20 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

USS Catfish SS-339

1950s San Francisco, as seen through a submarine periscope

In 1951, the USS Catfish (SS-339), a WWII-era diesel submarine, cruised into San Francisco Bay. The crew snapped a handful of pictures through the periscope, showing what the city and Alcatraz looked like from the submariners' perspective.

It's a bit eerie to see the city through the periscope's reticles, almost as if it were a target. It offers a historical perspective a largely pre-skyscraper San Francisco, but also creates the sense that the city being spied on.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: 1950s; catfish; periscope; sanfrancisco; submarine
Periscope photo of San Franscisco - USS Catfish SS-339 - Golden Gate Bridge

Periscope photo of San Franscisco - USS Catfish SS-339 - Treasure Island and The Bay Bridge

Periscope photo of San Franscisco - USS Catfish SS-339 - Telegraph Hill

Periscope photo of San Franscisco - USS Catfish SS-339 - Alcatraz

Periscope photo of San Franscisco - USS Catfish SS-339 - Alcatraz close-up

1 posted on 05/26/2013 8:46:20 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Interesting!


2 posted on 05/26/2013 8:48:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DogByte6RER
2013 View From LA Class Periscope


3 posted on 05/26/2013 8:51:21 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: llevrok

You may fire when ready, Mr. Gridley.


4 posted on 05/26/2013 8:57:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: llevrok

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5 posted on 05/26/2013 8:59:52 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: DogByte6RER
They have a WWII sub (USS PAMPANITO SS-383) docked in San Francisco. I went there with two other submarine veterans off of my sub. Because we were submarine vets the tour guide took us into parts of the ship which were normally off limits.
6 posted on 05/26/2013 9:05:26 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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More references ...

San Francisco in 1951 As Seen Through the Periscope of a U.S. Navy Submarine

http://laughingsquid.com/san-francisco-in-1951-as-seen-through-the-periscope-of-a-u-s-navy-submarine/

San Francisco in 1951 as seen from a U.S. Navy submarine

http://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2013/05/23/san-francisco-in-1951-as-seen-from-a-u-s-navy-submarine/#12555-14


7 posted on 05/26/2013 9:05:59 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Nateman

Life aboard those WW2 era subs must have been pretty stark, from all accounts I read.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 9:07:39 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: DogByte6RER

It was a beautiful city back then. That was before the invasion of the “Crazy’s” in the 60’s. Gone down hill and nuttier every since then.


9 posted on 05/26/2013 9:08:47 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Nateman
I went there with two other submarine veterans off of my sub. Because we were submarine vets the tour guide took us into parts of the ship which were normally off limits.

You were a submariner and refer to a submarine as a ship?

10 posted on 05/26/2013 9:17:45 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: DogByte6RER

Thanks for the pics! My dad was on the USS Chopper (SS-342)


11 posted on 05/26/2013 9:33:28 AM PDT by twistedwrench
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To: JohnG45

>>>You were a submariner and refer to a submarine as a ship?<<<

They are called “boats” but it is not incorrect to call them ships as well (submarine is a combat vessel and it makes a ship anyway:)


12 posted on 05/26/2013 9:33:37 AM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

Surface vessels are referred to as “targets.”


13 posted on 05/26/2013 9:53:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

My folks and I sailed into Oakland back in 1961 after a decade stationed in Japan with the Army. California looked damned good to me at the time.

I made six crossings 1951-1961 on MSTS (the Army’s Navy.)
The final trip was on the General W. A. Mann.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 9:57:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: llevrok

ROFL ROFL What a contrast. San Francisco was beautiful and clean until the liberals hippies and outside transplants started coming here and laid their turd on the city.


15 posted on 05/26/2013 10:09:26 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I was a member of the crew on the USNS Gen Morton in 1948.

Loved the City. One of my favorite nite-life spots was Bimbo’s 365 Club with the “girl in the fishbowl” they had a great dance floor for the jitter-bug crowd. For all the Jazz fans the “Blackhawk” the best Jazz Bands in the country played there.


16 posted on 05/26/2013 10:56:10 AM PDT by topspinr
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To: DogByte6RER

A few curtains....lots of lilacs and pansies...and it will be fabulous!

17 posted on 05/26/2013 11:33:55 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Patriot Babe
As a kid who grew up just south on the peninsula, in the early 60's, I remember going to the City of Paris and Macy's on a Saturday. the women wore gloves and hats, most of the men wore suits. My dad said," Well, there's 6th St., that's were the drunks hang out"

A few years later, the off-scouring of the eastern cities began showing up and turning the city into their personal playground. It has deteriorated ever since.

18 posted on 05/26/2013 11:34:29 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: JohnG45
You were a submariner and refer to a submarine as a ship?

In Germany it depends on what kind of officers are regular crew members of a submarine or ship. Therefore all current German submarines are u-boats and not u-ships. They just have a crew of 28 men or women. An Ohio-class submarine is more a u-ship.

19 posted on 05/26/2013 12:20:22 PM PDT by MHalblaub ("Easy my friends, when it comes to the point it is only a drawing made by a non believing Dane...")
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To: Nateman
If you haven't already, I hope that one day you get the chance to visit the USS Bowfin and the Memorial Park to all the subs still on "eternal patrol."

I remember that right after we got back home from that trip, we'd started on plans to remodel our kitchen..I do most of the cooking and my then-wife said, after steeping inside he Bowfin's galley, that I should never, NEVER, again complain about not having enough counter space. It is truly amazing that 2-3 cooks could produce all those meals, for all the crew, in a space that is smaller than my closet.

20 posted on 05/26/2013 12:45:59 PM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: DogByte6RER

Wonderful pictures of a “DEAD” San Fransicko in the movie “On The Beach”


21 posted on 05/26/2013 4:28:30 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks like the crosshairs are on the “Homo Maru” cruising out of San Fran.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 4:55:43 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: topspinr

The year I was born...


23 posted on 05/26/2013 6:45:52 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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