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Has anyone out there been down to Fredericksburg Texas lately to see Midget C? I know she is in the Nimitz Museum and in the George Bush Gallery. And finally inside after years of being out in the elements.

I'm driving from Iowa down to Texas to see her here in a few weeks and was wondering what anyone else has thought of the way they have her set up and such. And besides Midget C (or HA-19 if you want) what else do they have of "Pearl" interest.

I've only seen one photo of her lately on the web, and am just wondering what other think of her set up currently.

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PostIcon Posted on: Sep. 05 2002,12:16 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Chris,

I have not been to the new Bush Gallery, where she is on display. The photos look really nice though.

I've spoken with the curator of the museum, and if I remember correctly they do have other artifacts there, but Midget C (Ha-19) is the only midget submarine related object they have.

If you are ever near Maryland you may wish to pop over to the Naval Academy. They have Sakamaki's sword, as well as a small piece of Midget B's periscope.

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So Sakamaki's sword is in Maryland at the Naval Academy Museum. I read that they were closed to the public since Sept 11th. Hopefully they will open again.

But my question here is about Sakamaki's Prop and Gyrocompass. In Burlingame's "Advance Force" (first edition anyways) he lists that the prop off of Midget C and the faulty Gyro is in the USS Bowfin museum there in Hawaii. When I went to the museum last year to checked them out, the Prop was labeled as being the one off of Midget C, but the gyro wasn't to be found at all. Also there was a sextant in the case nearby just labeled that it was from a captured Midget sub. This also is pictured in Burls book.

Any truth to these items being genuine? I'm drawing a blank right now, and dont have my resources to look it up, but if this is true, what prop does Midget C carry right now? Midget B's?

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Chris,

I think Burlingame is correct in saying that the screws from Midget B were placed on Midget C before she was sent stateside for the war bond tours.

The damaged screw at the Bowfin Museum is (I think) one of the damaged screws removed from Midget C, and (as Burlingame speculates) probably taken to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel during the war to be placed on display. It was apparently discarded later on.

I don't know where the gyro ended up, although I've heard rumors that it was in Hawaii. I have also heard that the Midget C periscope is in a small museum someplace in New England, but I have never been able to confirm that.

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PostIcon Posted on: Sep. 06 2002,5:46 Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Thanks Ken

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Hi Ken,
The lower vertical rudder was lost as the sub was pulled across the reef at Bellows, the bent propeller, and the bent nose metal work...

These were all replaced from the Monaghan midget.
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Hey Chris, if you don't mind, could you look and see if there were draft marks welded onto the conning tower? It'd help sith some model building if I knew if they were raised or simply painted on.

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Tracy,

You might try calling the curator - his name is Jeff Hunt if I remember correctly. I've spoken with him several times, but it's been a while. Nice guy who is happy to help.

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Tracy- Ken was right that the curators name is Jeff Hunt. I just received an email today from him. But it took two weeks to get a response)

I'll try to look close enough to the conning tower for the draft marks. Since I really haven't heard from anyone who has been down there, I am not certain how close you can get to it. I am trying to get in touch with Mr. Hunt to allow me a close up look. We will see.

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Everyone- I was just in touch with Mr. Hunt today and he is going to allow me to go through all of the information they have on the sub when I get there (numerous files I guess).

When I was asking more so on the equipment that is still inside her, he told me that it is completely gutted. A few years ago, a veteran donated the depth guage that he took out of her in 1942. But other than that, nothing really remains.

He is going to allow me access to the interior of the sub too. He said the only restriction would be your waist size. Anyone above a 34 waist wouldn't be able to fit into the conning tower hatch. Good thing I am smaller than that. I didn't know the opening was that small! Will take some photos and hopefully some video, but will report on her as much as I can when I get back late next week.

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