The first image is of the HMS Gannet, the first thing you see when you go to the dry
docks. She dates back to 1878 and her early years saw service in the Pacific, the Mediterranean and the
The second image is the World War II destroyer HMS Cavalier, this saw active duty off Northern
Norway after deployment in 1944. She finally ended service in 1972 as the last Royal Navy Second World
War destroyer. She is now preserved, as a memorial to the 142 Royal Navy destroyers sunk during the Second
World War with the loss of over 11,000 men.
The third image is of HM Submarine Ocelot which was launched in May 1962 and was the last warship to be
built for the Royal Navy at Chatham. She was one of six 'O' class diesel-electric submarines. Ocelot remained
in service up until 1991 and although some idea of her whereabouts are known all of her commissions remain
classified information. We had a guided tour and I have a underdying respect for the men who work aboard a
submarine in such cramped and claustrophobic conditions.
The fourth image is a large scale model of HMS Victory, the level of detail is unbelievable. Truly a work of
art. I highly recommend a visit to this place, very good day out, educational and sobering too.