RNTR Arroachar was a torpedo testing centre opened in 1912 with the bulk of its activity occurring during WWII when approximately 12,565 torpedoes were launched into loch long.
The centre did not test ‘live’ rounds and was used solely to test the range of torpedos. Seven recovery boats were in action each day to recover the torpedos launched into the loch. Working torpedos were then transported to RNAD Coulport for war heading.
Submarines would often be pulled up alongside the jetty to conduct Discharge Weapon System Trials. RNTR Arroachar supplied torpedos required for the Submarine Commanders’ Course, on these days over 40 torpedos would be fired into the loch.
For more history and some great archive photos see here.
Want more urbex – see my adventures in Urbex: AEI Cable Works.
A friend kindly lent me a couple of lens; a wide angle 11-16mm which I have had my eye on for a while; I’ve fallen in love with wide angle….goodbye savings!
A few shots taken around Hampton Court Palace.
Getting lost in a maze…warning the maze isn’t “amaze-ing”, however it is the oldest puzzle maze in the UK.
Choose wisely..many Tudors have been lost for days.
Spring in Decay.
The strangest shop I’ve seen in London; essentially a small building full of junk and bric-a-brac with a mobile number to call if you were interested in anything. Saves on staff costs I suppose…..
Home Sweet Home (Canada Water)
Kelvedon hatch is a cold war bunker built in 1952 to house approx 600 military and civilian personnel in the event of a nuclear strike. The bunker extends to 125 feet underground split over 3 floors hidden under a inconspicuous bungalow.
The audio tour lasts an hour or so and gives you an interesting and at times humorous look at how the bunker operated and what life would have been like in the event of a nuclear disaster.
After entering the bungalow its obvious that you are entering a secure site; metal cages and blast doors greet you as you march down the tunnel into the main heart of the site.
Snake?!? Snake?! SNAAAAKE!
Threats after a nulcear disaster come in many forms. The bunker was set up not just to keep government personnel safe from radiation but also from the civilian muties and raiders which would be after the food and resources after such an event!
Walking around the floors was like a step back in time; all of the technology and equipment was aged but in pristine condition looking like it was straight from the 80s.
LED’s weren’t invented until 1962 therefore the equipment in the bunker had some interesting bulbs. The below was from a radiation detector which monitored the levels outside of the bunker. Each number had its own filament.
Touchscreens save so much space!
This bunker was one of hundreds spread across the country, every district council had at least one nuclear bunker to ensure military and political persons would be safe in the event of a nuclear disaster to ensure that our democratic state could be maintained. Communication between these stations was vital to track the status and damage across the country.
Like every sci-fi and military film ever, these boards are actually used to plot bomb damage across the country. I couldn’t understand how these were easy to view!
Given the limited oxygen and water supply eventual someone would have to leave to assess the outside world and the damage caused. The best thing about radiation is humans can withstand a small amount without any physical effects. These Geiger counters would measure someone’s exposure on a trip outside.
- 25 units= no signs
- 50 units= might feel a little bit ill
- 75 units= maximum human exposure recommended over a lifetime
- 100 units= just a little bit dead
After its decommission in 1992 the bunker now serves as a great resource for film sets. The grudge 4 anyone?
Submarines are cool and no one can deny that! The amount of complexity inside one of these is incredible and a visit to the Chatham Historic dockyard is a great opportunity to see the HMS Ocelot up close. (http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/)
A brief bit of history; the Ocelot was the last submarine commissioned at Chatham dockyard in the 1960s. Capable of carrying 69 men and a payload of 24 torpedoes; the Ocelot was used in clandestine missions until 1991 when it became obsolete against the new fleet of nuclear subs.
Engine Room delviering 6,000 shaft horsepower
It amazes me that anyone knew how to operate this thing with the number of dials, switches, levers and buttons throughout.
Pressure is a big deal underwater, capable of bursting lungs if you try to surface to quickly.
The torpedo room; need to emergency exit? It’ll take 4 hours due to the pressure!
Emergency air valves, you’ll need it…
Apart from the Ocelot there were a number of other sites including the HMS Cavalier and the HMS Gannet.