Mar del Plata Yesterday I decided to go get Big Re washed, again since we got a little dirty in the rain. Afterwards I rode over to the submarine museum. The Argentine Navy's submarine program started in 1917 when they sent three officers to the U.S. to attend our submarine school. Even though they didn't understand English, one of them scored #2 in the class! So far, they have had 5 generations of submarines, starting with an Italian model in the 30's. Here's some of the battery plates from that model of sub and the metal slide rules were also used. Their 2nd class of sub was the American Balao class. Here's the state of the art checklist system for the diving officer! These were the items needed to be secured before the boat could dive. Third generation was the U.S. Guppy class Torpedo used in the fourth generation of submarine Fourth generation of sub was the German 209 class The current class of submarine is the German 1700 class Pistons from the diesel engines of the 1700 class These two German U-Boats surrendered to the Argentine Navy at the end of WW II. Both boats were sailed to the U.S. under their own power and sunk by the U.S. Navy A more modern torpedo used on the 1700 class boats Statistics The orange cassette has the wire to guide the torpedo and stays in the launch tube after launch There was a large memorial for the ARA San Juan which was recently lost with all hands on board The 44 crewmen A snorkel for the diesel engines, pretty big The weather started to close in so I headed back, just in the nick of time because it started to pour just as I parked in the garage. I had a quiet night and called it early. Today I chilled, mostly, then headed out to see a hundred year old water tank still in use You can go up to the observation deck, for free, and get a nice view of the city Some facts, in Spanish, about the tower A wall mural a short distance from the tower That takes care of my stay in Mar del Plata. Tomorrow it's off to Buenos Aires! Monday I take Big Red to the airport and meet up with Javier and Sandra from Dakar Motos! Thanks for coming along! Until next time, Esteban!