FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 2
Casing :The outside of the submarine.
Mines on a track for laying.
Trim : Balance.
The submarine I joined in Beirut laid mines. When she was on patrol she could take fifty mines. A sea mine is a metal ball about three feet across, filled with explosive. There are horns sticking out that set off the mine if a ship hits them. Each mine has a cable to an anchor on the sea bed. We used to carry fifty mines. They ran on a little railway in the casing and they dropped off the end. You would lay them in line. Each mine was quite heavy, so we had to be able to make up for lots of extra weight once we had laid the mines. To keep the submarine in trim you had to adjust for the weight.
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