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HMS Alliance first accessible submarine in the world

on Friday, 25 October 2013. Posted in Blog

blog October 2013Much of the internal conservation of Alliance is about cleaning, polishing and sealing. However this is being done in an extremely thorough way. In many cases components are removed and conserved in the workshop before being refitted on the boat.

As is always the case on submarines many areas that require attention are tight and difficult spaces in which to work. The image on the right showes George in the forward torpedo space.

This week HMS Alliance has become the first accessible submarine in the world. As part of the £7m conservation project to restore HMS Alliance back to her former glory, a lift has been installed to assist people with mobility difficulties to go onboard the historic submarine.

Chris Munns, Director at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said, “The lift can transport one person in a wheelchair safely into the after-end of HMS Alliance. From that compartment they have an excellent view through the submarine engine room towards the control room. ”
“It is really marvellous to be able to offer this service to our visitors and we are all very honoured at being the first submarine that can do so! 

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Members of the Gosport Access & Inclusion Groups visited the RN Submarine Museum on Wednesday 23 October to test the new lift and experience going onboard HMS Alliance for the first time. They were met by a submariner who told them about the submarine and shared some of his personnel stories of life onboard.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading to see Terry Rhodes taking about her first visit to HMS Alliance and the possibilities for people with disabilities

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