Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ABC Wednesday: F is for Flying a Broom

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This is the USS Pampanito in San Francisco, a WWII submarine that's now a museum ship. She's flying a broom - this is a sign that she did a clean sweep, a completely successful mission (click to see a bigger picture). In WWII, that meant that every attacked ship was destroyed.
You can find out more about the USS Pampanito here - if you have the chance and are interested in submarines, I really recommend a visit. Being used to the small German subs, I was surprised how spacious she is and I was amused by the fact that there actually was a icecream-maker on board.

Find out what else F stands for with ABC Wednesday

18 comments:

SparkleFarkle said...

Wow! That was quite the interesting "F"! And I thought flying a broom only had to do with Halloween. LOL!

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post for the day! Great looking ship, flying a broom or not! Have a great week!

Sylvia

RuneE said...

It was a very nice photo, and I missed her when I visited SF, but I can't help wonder how many people got killed with all that sinking.

photowannabe said...

The submarine is fascinating. Its been a few years since I visited it. One thing I did not learn was the flying broom. Very interesting and such a good signal.

Leslie: said...

I may have gone on that sub to look around - I know I went on one when I was down in SF about 10 years ago. F is for fascinating!

Sara Katt said...

This was an unusual choice for this theme. Interesting. A submarine called a "flying broom".
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Sara Cat

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Mara said...

An ice-cream maker on board of a submarine? What will they think of next? Women???

Manang Kim said...

Really? I thought submarines are cramp inside. ^_^

F is Family

Stan Ski said...

I've heard the term before but it was never explained until now.

Tumblewords: said...

How interesting!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I have never heard of that! How odd!!! Thanks for sharing this. ~

Gordon said...

The 'flying broom' term is new to me. A good choice for F and nice photo.

wenn said...

today i learnt something new.

Gattina said...

I expected a witch on a broom, lol !

Joy said...

I'm signing up if there is an ice cream maker on board. On second thought, no I remember Das Boot so I won't bother.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Interesting that you thought it was spacious. I've only been on two, one in England and the other in France. Both seemed tiny. All the submariners I know (sample size: one) have been small people.

Roger Owen Green said...

I've heard of jumping the broom, but this is a new use!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Dina said...

A broom! I never heard about that custom. It makes sense.