This afternoon I went on a short guided tour of the decomissioned Royal Navy submarine, HMS Ocelot. It's in a dry-dock at the Royal Dockyards working museum at Chatham, just 20 minutes down the road from home.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photos. I only had my iPhone, with 15% remaining charge, and submarines do not offer much in the way of natural lightning.
Despite having owned a year pass for the best part of a year, and frequently admired the Ocelot from the outside, this is the first time I've been aboard. The tour is short, cramped, and completely fascinating, although perhaps not for the squeamishly claustrophobic, and definitely not for the mobility impaired.
The Dockyards is a superb example of a modern lottery-assisted regeneration project. There's several large ships in dock you can wander around, huge warehouses full of boats and machinery to pore over, a ropery, an art gallery space, a working steam railway, several sub museums. Far more than you can do in a single visit, but your ticket, once purchased, is good for 12 months of repeat admission.posted Friday, June 28, 2013 at 18:30 by cms in history, travels | No Comments »