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Location Notes for "Desperate Measures"

Here are the location notes for the poem "Desperate Measures."


The Yemaya is an 80-meter hospital ship with multiple decks. The bridge is lined with windows. The captain has a private office separate from the ship's office. Recreation opportunities include the library recreation room, and gym.

The captain has a large cabin with a full-size bed, a desk and chair, a television, a coffee table, and a couch. The captain's private head includes a toilet, sink, and jacuzzi bathtub with shower.

Officers and senior medics have a private cabin with a bunk, a desk and chair, shelves, a minifridge, and a large locker. Most crew members sleep in a cabin with four bunks, a tiny desk and stool, a bulletin board, and a television.

Couples can use one of the cabins that is like a tiny apartment. Instead of bunks they have a full-size hide-a-bed couch. Single or double portable cots may be added to the double cabin for guests. This type of cabin also has an ensuite head.

The galley has a giant pantry. Here is the food service line in the mess hall. The public heads are nearby.

Hospital facilities include the pre-op room, X-ray room, Operating Room 1 / Emergency Room, Operating Room 2, and post-op intensive care room. Large groups of patients may be kept in the ward room. There are also private patient rooms with their own head.

This is the dental suite. Here is the lift for mass casualty supplies.

In mythology, Yemaya is the orisha of the ocean and healing.

* * *

German U-boats came in a number of classes. Compare the U-31 class U-boat with the British Astute class submarine. Many U-boats sank during World War I, and occasionally one is rediscovered. Life on board was difficult, but they were devastatingly effective in battle.

Here is the U-boat found in the ice. The crew varied depending on the class of the U-boat. The radioman also served as the medic. See the uniforms worn on U-boats. Crews often added their own informal insignia. This is the insignia of the ÜS-3, showing the ice giantess Skadi with her bow and skis. The runic script spells her name.

The ship's name is officially ÜS-3, short for Überschaft Drei. However, the crew calls her Skadi, named after an ice giantess of Norse mythology. It carries a crew of 36. The hull is just over 150 feet long and 13 feet at the widest, although most of the inhabited parts are only 12 feet wide and the uninhabited part of the prow is even narrower. The submarine runs on two enhanced diesel/electric/hydrogen motors. The batteries generate hydrogen gas. Instead of wasting it, the enhanced engines gather it to be burned for additional power, greatly extending their range. (It is believed that one of the other Überschaften had a hydrogen-powered weapon.) Speed is 17.1 knots (31.7 km/h; 19.7 mph) surfaced or 9.1 knots (16.9 km/h; 10.5 mph) submerged. Range is 9,400 nmi (17,400 km; 10,800 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph) surfaced or 80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) at 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged. (Compare the U-31 and U-51, two classes of U-boat with similar features.) The Skadi is armed with an Eislanze (ice lance) which can produce either a beam or a bolt of Übereis (super-ice). It has been jerryrigged to generate a field effect instead. The submarine also has two 8.8 cm guns and one 10.5 cm gun on the deck.

Überschaft literally means "supercraft." It refers to a submarine equipped with some kind of super-gizmo(s). Only three were ever launched. One has just been discovered. There is no record of the other two. In fact, history had no idea that any of these things existed. The other two may have survived. However, statistical probability implies otherwise, since the typical lifespan of a U-boat was about six months, and super-gizmology is even more dangerous and cantankerous than ordinary submarines.

Über (German pronunciation: [ˈyːbɐ], sometimes written uber /ˈuːbər/[1]), in English-language publications, is a German language word meaning "over", "above" or "across." It is an etymological twin with German ober, and is cognate (through Proto-Germanic) with English over, Dutch over, Persian "darbare (درباره)", Swedish "över" and Icelandic yfir, among other Germanic languages. It is also distantly cognate to both Latin super and Greek ὑπέρ (hyper), through Proto-Indo-European. It is relatively well-known within Anglophone communities due to its occasional use as a hyphenated prefix in informal English, usually for emphasis. The German word is properly spelled with an umlaut, while the spelling of the English loanword varies. It is distantly cognate to Sanskrit word upari and Hindi uper (both meaning 'above', 'over' or 'up') probably through Proto-Indo-European. It is interesting to note that the Sanskrit/Hindi cognates have more similarity in meaning for the word than that of Latin super and Greek ὑπέρ (hyper).
In German, über is a preposition, as well as being used as a prefix. Both uses indicate a state or action involving increased elevation or quantity in the physical sense, or superiority or excess in the abstract.
elevation: "überdacht" - roof-covered, roofed, [also: reconsidered, thought over] (überdacht (from Dach (roof)) means roof-covered, roofed while überdacht (from the strong verbdenken-[dachte, gedacht] (think, thought, thought) means reconsidered, thought over)
quantity: "über 100 Meter" - more than 100 meters, "Überschall" - supersonic
superiority: "überlegen" - (adj) superior, elite, predominant. (verb) to think something over
excess: "übertreiben" - to exaggerate, "überfüllt" - overcrowded)
-- Wikipedia

-schaft -- (water)craft, ship
Etymology
From Old High German -skaft, -skaf, from Proto-Germanic *-skapiz. Cognate with Dutch -schap, Swedish -skap, English -ship, Danish -skab, West Frisian -skip.
Pronunciation
• IPA(key): /ʃaft/, [ʃaftʰ]
Suffix
-schaft (plural -schaften)
1. -ship, -hood
-- Wiktionary

Eis
Noun
Eis n (plural Eis)
1. (Moselle Franconian) ice
2. (Moselle Franconian) ice cream
-- Wiktionary

Eis {n}
English
• ice
• ice cream
-- German-English Dictionary

Lanze {f}
English
• lance
• spear
-- German-English Dictionary

Records indicate that Germany fielded 375 U-boats in World War I, of which 202 were lost in action due to Allied attack, mechanical failure, or accidents. Out of 17,000 men serving on them, over 5,100. It was among the most dangerous posts in the war, with a life expectancy around 6 months. If for some reason the Navy could not get rid of an aggravating sailor, they stationed him on a U-boat, which is why those crews were full of all manner of misfits.

The Skadi has a crew of 36. See the character notes for more details.

Four officers make up the helm:
Kapitanleutnant (Captain)
Oberleutnant zur See (First Watch Officer 1WO)
Leutnant zur See (Second Watch Officer 2WO)
Leitender Ingenieur (Engineer LI).

Two chief petty officers lead the enlisted crew:
Obersteuermann (Navigator)
Oberbootsmann (Bosun).

There are customarily about two Unteroffiziere (petty officers) for every three Matrosen (seamen), so on the Skadi there are 12 Unteroffiziere and 18 Matrosen. The Unteroffiziere include:
Steuermann (helmsman) – steering
Mechaniker (torpedomen) – care and maintenance of weapons
Maschinisten (motormen) – running of the engines
Funkmaat (radiomen) – communications, sound equipment, medical aid
Bootsmanner (bosuns) – crew supervision, discipline

* * *

This map shows Antarctica in relation to South America. Here is the Antarctic Peninsula. This is a closeup of the ice shelves.

The Skadi is found in the Larsen B Ice Shelf. The Larsen Ice Shelf has been disintegrating, as shown in this map. Surface melt and fissures make the area treacherous.

In Terramagne, the WWI U-boat pen was located in the bay of Deception Island, which is now held by Kraken. (Local-Earth never did find the damn thing.) The ruins in Whalers' Bay mark its location. The modern Kraken base is not far away. Read more about Deception Island.
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