Space is at a premium aboard US Navy ships, and that includes berthing where bunks are stacked 3-high without enough headroom to sit up and, even then, sailors sometimes have to share racks in shifts.

The big trip this year was really fun!  We got to sleep on a destroyer, and explore the ship and submarine!  The trip went like this: First we arrived and claimed our bunks. Second, the kids ran around, and explored the destroyer. Next we were split in half and sent on tours, and both groups got to tour both the sub and the destroyer. Then we went on a scavenger hunt on the destroyer!

The next day was fun too! Us kids ran around the destroyer playing games, and helping collect the remaining scavenger hunt things. I was sad when I had to go. It was one of the best big trips ever!!!

Pictures at left and right: Our Cub Scouts touring the WWII Submarine, USS Cavalla.

Scouts listen intently atop MK 16 torpedoes and learn about the USS Cavalla. Like the Stewart, no space is wasted on a submarine. Cables, pipes, tanks, and more fill every nook and cranny. Supplies and equipment, including more torpedoes, are stowed under the deck.

S.T.E.M. Facts courtesy of Pack 170 STEM Coordinator, Mr. Cris.

S.T.E.M. Fact
What is rust? And how can a mighty Edsall-class destroyer succumb to something so passive? Rust is the result of oxidation of the metal used on the ship. Ocean water is loaded with salt, which contains electrically charged ions. While these ions don’t cause rust, they do speed up the process of removing ions from iron, allowing the oxidation reaction to occur. Did you know: boats regularly need to be painted in order to create a barrier between the steel and salt water. Dry docking ships this large is a huge feat of engineering.

S.T.E.M. Fact
Munitions such as depth charges on the Stewart and torpedoes on the Cavalla were loaded with Trinitrotoluene, a pale yellow organic compound also well known as TNT. Depending on how the TNT was loaded into the shell, it would either detonate on contact with its target, or after a specified time or distance traveled.

S.T.E.M. Fact
The US Navy does not allow alcohol aboard ship. An exception to that rule is the alcohol that serves as fuel for the torpedoes.