I did have a mission whilst I was there. And that was mainly to re-experience the U505 submarine and its exhibit once again. The first time that I saw it I had a hurry through the sec on part of the exhibit. This time I had plenty of time and I also bought a ticket to experience the inside of the submarine. I was inspired by my first visit, this time I wanted to leave no stone unturned. I was on a mission to see everything. To read everything. To learn everything. I found the whole story of the battle in the Atlantic extremely compelling as well as the specific story behind U505.
The following video I took at the exhibit. Although the submarine looks pretty big on the outside, believe me, with 59 people on board it would have been extremely cramped. The junior sailors didn't even get their own bed and a sleep rotation system had to be employed. Also most of the crew would not have been allowed 'topside' for the voyage which could last up to six months and there were no showers. Could you imagine the smell? Here is the video:-
I also have some pictures of the exhibit. I have no pictures or video of the inside because we were not allowed to take any. Here are the pictures:-
|The stern of the ship with the rudders, propellers and the aft torpedo tube|
|Guns for when the submarine had surfaced|
|Torpedo. Much bigger than I imagined|
|Forward torpedo tube|
I guess the only thing left to say is if you like museums and you are in Chicago, MSI is a must. This and the space exhibit are my two favourite exhibits, but I have to say, they are all fantastic. Until next time, stay well:)