|I love it.
I am a son of a WWII submariner and everything you say is true. You will have to go aboard a working (or war boat memorial) to physically appreciate the limited space those men were required to live in. I can tell your age from your comments on smoking. You have to understand, smoking to me is not a trait, it is a right. In WWII it was as natural as breathing.
A few things to add to the perfume: diesel engines puffing noxious fumes, cooking 24 hours a day,
Keep righting! Your curiosity for history will serve you well, well done.