HMS Alliance, Britain's only surviving WWII-era submarine, has undergone a full modernisation to turn the old gal into a living museum, ready for the public to run amok in from this Thursday.
Alliance was laid down towards the end of WWII, but wasn't actually completely until 1947. An impressive 281ft long (that's big, for a submarine), she was designed for long-endurance missions in the Pacific. She saw action in the Indonesian Confrontation in the '60s, then served as a training ship during the '70s, before being hauled out the water as a static museum piece in 1981. The past 30-odd years weren't kind, however, and by 2011 Alliance had turned into a rust-bucked dangerously close to falling apart, with a couple hundred pigeons nesting in her bow.
After a £7m renovation, though, she's been fitted out as a walkaround museum, a la London's HMS Belfast: outfitted as she was in in the '50s and '60s, members of the public can now pony up £12.50 and get a guided tour of the sub (from former navy submariners, no less), at her berth in Gosport near Portsmouth. No word on whether you get a peek up the periscope or a go on the machine-guns, though. [Mail Online]
Images courtesy The National Museum of the Royal Navy