Walked down passage ways where 2 people couldn’t pass without one of you climbing up or on whatever was on the side. Everything has it’s place and every place is for a reason!
Huge motors and great pieces of steel make this mighty grey/black machine move clandestinely through our waters. There are 60 crew on board, 2 of these are female (another 2 will join soon).The ‘bunks’ we learned are called racks, and just fit a person….heaven help you if you are tall! The submariners work in 6 hour shifts and there are 4 meals a day provided by 2 chefs from a small galley kitchen.
The crew are allowed a shower every 4 days for 1 minute, lots of wipes come in very handy. The chefs are afforded a shower everyday. 1 washing machine and 1 dryer are at their disposal! They have a desalination plant on board. The problem is not a shortage of water but a problem getting rid of the ‘grey’ water. There are very stringent rules about where they can dump this.
For recreation there is 1 rowing machine and 1 exercise bike and NO social media! The escape hatch was a real eye opener…..it looked so small, you would be very glad you didn’t have that second helping of bread pudding the night before!!
Fletcher said that they are like one big family, support and rely on one another ( yes, they HAVE to get along with each other!)
After 1 1/2 hours of a great, albeit claustrophobic experience, we came back up to lovely blue skies, it took our eyes a while to recover from the gloom Downunder!