I live in Gales Ferry, about a mile from the back gate of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, CT. I moved to Connecticut from Pittsburgh in 1971 with my husband, a Navy Submarine Officer. New England is wicked different from Pittsburgh but that isn't all bad. I adapt pretty easily. I do miss the Chipped Ham, Snyder's Potato Chips (the one's in the silver bag), The Original Hot Dog, and being around other Pittsburgh Steeler fanatics. Actually, I've found plenty of Pittsburgh Steeler fanatics here in Connecticut.
There is one thing about living here I have never understood. Why do they call those delectable sandwiches, "Grinders" here instead of subs? We build submarines at Electric Boat in Groton and the subs are docked here at the base. Much of our population has some working relationship with submarines.
According to Wikipedia, there are several legends about the term "submarine sandwich" and is believed by some to have originated in a restaurant in Scollay Square in Boston at the beginning of World War II. The sandwich was created to entice the large numbers of navy servicemen stationed at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The bread was a smaller specially baked baguette, intended to be similar to the hull of the submarines it was named after. But Wikipedia goes on: During World War II, the sandwiches were served by the thousands to soldiers at the submarine base in Groton, Connecticut which cemented the legend that the sandwiches originated in Groton.
Yet, today, the citizen's of the Submarine Capital of the World, call them grinders. Why?