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September 21, 2023

'Dive, Dive, Dive!'

I love movies set on submarines.

My all-time favorite is "Das Boot" (1981).

The rest of my Top 12 in no particular order:

"The Hunt For Red October" (1990)

"Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958)

"The Command" (2018)

"The Bedford Incident" (1965)

"K-19: The Widowmaker" (2002)

"Black Sea" (2014)

"The Enemy Below" (1957)

"The Wolf's Call" (2020)

"U-571" (2000)

"Crimson Tide" (1995)

"The Abyss" (1989)

Perhaps my interest in submarine-related warfare stems from a boyhood visit to U-505.

It was captured by the U.S. Navy on June 4, 1944, and donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 1954.


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the sub in situ in 1956.


It has since been moved into a bespoke enclosed space (above and below)


where it resides today.


It's one of four U-boats in the world that survive in museums.

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I remember being completely mesmerized by what I saw on the tour of its inner structure, especially the unbelievably tight spaces in which the crew worked and lived.

I recommend a visit if you find yourself in the Windy City.

The U-505 Onboard Tour costs $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11.

The tour is an additional cost on top of museum entry, which costs $18 for adults and $11 for children ages 3-11.

The tour lasts 25 minutes and includes a question-and-answer session at the end.

"The tour features dramatic lighting and sound effects, and lets visitors experience life aboard the submarine in the days leading up to its capture."

Tours depart every 15 minutes.

Booking in advance is recommended.

September 21, 2023 at 12:21 PM | Permalink


My favorite submarine movies:

1. Das Boot (Have the movie DVD in German. IIRC Das Boot was a mini-series on German TV.)
2. Crimson Tide (Outstanding performances by Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington!)
3. The Enemy Below.
4. Run Silent, Run Deep.

Have not seen Greyhound, but it may join the list.

Like Luke I toured the U-505 decades ago. (1973?) I was a kid so the feeling of tight spaces was lost on me then.

Star Trek (TOS 1.14) "The Balance of Terror" is a submarine story.

Posted by: antares | Sep 24, 2023 10:12:11 PM

I saw U-505 about 40 years ago,
when the tour was just a walk-through.
I remember the lovely woodwork and cabinetry inside,
which contrasted with the utterly mechanical workings
that filled the boat.

Posted by: Luke | Sep 22, 2023 8:54:42 AM

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