Very cool. Reading the part about the chlorine gas immediately took me back to when I was qualifying aboard the Aspro. We learned all the nasty ways that sub-life would try and do a sailor in and gas was one of many. Another nasty one was if a torpedo leaked otto fuel. There was also arsenic, dry steam and whatever the mess would try and do with the baloney when food stores were low. We never seemed to be low on baloney, so the threat was always present. Sometimes 4 times a day 🙂
The Bonefish was a diesel boat that took on some seawater and it turned her battery compartment into a kiln. The skipper called to abandon ship and everyone made it to safety due to the extraordinary work of a single aviation rescue swimmer (despite getting punched in the face from one of the peeps he was attempting to rescue). It was always sad to lose a boat but a diesel was especially painful. They were far quieter than the nukes, but more importantly, hit far more ports since they had to refuel more often. After this incident there were only 3 diesels left in our fleet. That made getting on one almost impossible.
Onward though… the decking you’re putting those LED’s on made it look like a breadboard at first glance. I can’t wait to see this thing lit up with the clean paint and all. It’s awesome you’re staying the course on this build… and some.