Video: Tour Aboard USS Ling, WWII Sub

U.S.S. Ling, World War II Sub

Hackensack, New Jersey

Be careful not to bonk your head -- repeatedly -- on a claustrophobic tour through a restored American sub that saw service in World War II.


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Tour Aboard USS Ling, WWII Sub (2009)

[sub sonar pings]

Flood negative, take me to 200 feet, all ahead full.

The Ling is a World War 2 submarine. It's 310 foot long, it's a Vallejo class, held a crew of about 75 officers and men, war patrol was anywhere from seventy, around sixty to ninety days in that area. And now I look back and I say everyday we went out and took a dive, we were in trouble if we didn't get back the surface again, so if we got in trouble with we would land on the bottom, we'd collapse on the way down we'd be dead.

So you crawl in like this, hope you could roll over once you're in here, because there's a guy on the top was too heavy it was tough, but you'd be in a bunk like this. This is what you'd be like you've been like this. This is what you would be. If the man that fell on top of you wasn't too heavy you would be okay, but this is what it was like.

[klaxon horn]

Surface. Surface on four main engines.

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