Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, September 2017, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth England. ( 42 )
Having used the Ferry on a visit to this part of Hampshire to visit the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and the Explosion Museum, Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport is a town and borough in the South Hampshire urban area on the south coast of Hampshire in the southern part of England. The 2011 Census recorded it’s population as 82,622 It is on a peninsula on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the City of Portsmouth, to which it is linked by the Gosport Ferry. This Ferry takes only a few minutes to cross this busy part of this shipping lane. The price is very reasonable also, tickets are obtained in ticket machines before you board.
Gosport is still the home of HMS Sultan and the Naval Armament Supply Facility as well as a Helicopter Repair base and now with the Hovercraft Museum. However Gosport's naval history goes a very long way back and it has several buildings of historic interest as well as a lot of people who lived here that also became famous. Most of the former naval and military installations have closed since the Second World War leaving empty sites and buildings. As a way of providing more of an interest here, Museums have opened up and many of its fortifications and installations have been opened to the public as tourism and heritage sites. One of the more recent additions is the Diving Museum at No 2 Battery at Stokes Bay which is bidding to become the National Diving Museum for the British Isles.
One of the off site exhibits is the Royal Navy Submarine Museum which can be found a short journey away and across into Gosport. I went back to Portsmouth to visit this museum in September 2017. This attraction can be found in Hasler road. It is well worth the effort I took the ferry from down the side of Portsmouth Harbour railway station, it was only £2.40 return OAP rate. After you leave the ferry terminal keep travelling left, follow the commemoration plaques in the pathway it takes you over a footbridge over part of the water to arrive at the Museum, about 10 minutes walk no more from the Ferry terminal.
A tour of Alliance begins in the forward torpedo store and room, then on through the accommodation space to the control room, where the tour guide demonstrates the navigation systems including diving and surfacing. The tour continues through the galley and on to the heart of the submarine, the large engine room, before culminating in the aft torpedo compartment, where the guide explains how submariners would escape in an emergency. Along the way, you can also peer through the working periscopes to view Portsmouth Harbour. Having been a Cook in the Royal Navy it was a shock to see the size of the galley ( that’s the kitchen ) on this Submarine. How the one cook worked in this in time of war was unbelievable.