Skip to comments.Restoring HMS Alliance ( WWII submarine UK )
Posted on 09/28/2013 2:29:54 PM PDT by cutty
The project, which got underway in October 2011, was implemented to save and preserve the historic WWII era submarine, which is located at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire. The project has so far seen the ships outer structure repaired and maintenance access around the site improved.
Phase One of the project, which reached completion in summer 2012 focused on the construction of a cofferdam around the base of the submarine, ensuring easy access for regular maintenance. Phase Two, meanwhile, restored HMS Alliances exterior which had corroded so badly that sections of the submarine were in danger of falling into the sea. Phase Two also included a number of associated infrastructure works.
The final phase of the project, which is currently underway is focusing on internal conservation, along with the installation of new interpretation facilities, state of the art lighting and soundscapes, all designed to bring the submarine back to life.
HMS Alliance is listed in the UKs historic ships register, sitting alongside the Cutty Sark, the Mary Rose, and HMS Victory in importance, and she is the only remaining WWII era submarine in the UK that is open to the public.
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Among other sources of corrosion.
Although, I'm surprised that a non battle-tested end-of-WWII era vessel is getting this type of "historic" attention.
35 years ago I worked on the restoration of the Bowfin, now a museum at Pearl Harbor. It was a very interesting and rewarding project.
They at least had the sense to mount it on concrete pylons, somewhat away from salt water.
Kind of neat that they cut doors fore and aft to walk through.
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