by Eric Niderost Early Navy submarines, notably the S-class models, were so dangerous and cramped they were derisively labeled “pig boats.” [text_ad] Deplorable Conditions Onboard Early Subs The S-class boats were small, limited in range, and could only submerge for comparatively short periods. Conditions aboard the S-boats were horrible, in fact almost beyond belief. There were no refrigeration, no air conditioning, and no toilets. A bucket half-filled with oil served as a latrine, and


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