Sunday, April 30, 2017

HMS Alliance Portsmouth UK

HMS Alliance - Geoff W Sutton 2017
I toured the HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. A tour of the submarine provides insight into nearly three decades of this aspect of defense from the end of WW II into the Cold War era. The Alliance was commissioned into service in 1947.

I was fortunate to have conversations with two retired submariners who served on the Alliance--one a cook, the other an electrician.

Our tour began by the forward torpedoes.

Forward torpedo area

and moved through dining and sleeping areas to the control room.


Before exiting, the guides explain the engine room, aft torpedoes, and method of escape from a submarine.

Submariner explains how to escape

Even a short tour can give many a sense of claustrophobia as one tourist felt the need to retreat after a few minutes. As fellow tourists impede movement its easy to get a sense that not all humans could likely adapt to this underwater environment beneath the waves with human and mechanical sounds and smells.

The Alliance and the nearby museum are worth a visit as part of the Historic Dockyards multi-attraction ticket.

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