7 Museum Inside the Russian Submarine

Museum Inside the Russian Submarine

Posted on March 10, 2014 by team


Vitegra is a small Russian city near Onega Lake that connects river systems of the north-western and central parts of Russia. There is an interesting museum inside submarine B-440 in Vitegra. It was opened in 2005 on the city embankment. We are just about to drop by.

Submarine B-440 of project 641 was launched in 1970 in Leningrad. Up until the end of the 80s it had been serving in the Soviet Northern Fleet, participating in different campaigns, and sailing to various parts of the global ocean. In 1989 it was “caught” by the trawling gear of a Norwegian fishing vessel, then it was repaired in Kronstadt and subsequently entered the Baltic Fleet. The submarine was put out of operation in 1989, and in 2003 it was re-equipped to become a museum and transported to Vitegra.

In the nose part of the submarine are six torpedo tubes, torpedo firing and bow plane control devices, mine and torpedo racks, gears for mine and torpedo loading, and beds for personnel.

Covers of the torpedo tubes and the torpedo firing control panel.

The lower deck of the second compartment. Accumulator plants used to be here, but now this space is used for an exhibit of the Russian submarine fleet history and the history of the submarine B-440 itself.

Another accumulator room (the forth compartment of the submarine). Presently it accommodates a part of the museum exhibit and a conference-hall. The hold of the third compartment is used to house the main drainage pump, a freezer and a storeroom.

This stand shows the locations of other similar ship-museums (there are some in Russia and abroad).

Cabin of the Assistant Commander.

In the main cabin.

Bulkhead between the second and the third compartments.

The third compartment serves as a central post, the major command post of the submarine. It’s the heart of the ship from where the main control over the submarine and its armament is executed.

Shipboard communication console and fire smothering indicator board.

The third compartment has the “main entry” to the submarine – the hatch leading to the conning tower.

Hatch leading to the main body of the submarine.

Conning tower. In the center is a compass repeater.

A view from the conning bridge – you can see the entry to the museum and one of its most interesting exhibits – a mine-hunter of the WWII era, it served as part of the Onega Fleet.

View of the Volga-Baltic Canal. The traffic here is dense.

Diving station in the third compartment.

Latrine of the third compartment.

The forth compartment – plan repeater indicator.

Double cabin of the forth compatment.

The forth compartment and a small galley. Its electric stove used to bake bread for all the crew of the submarine (70 people).

The fifth, diesel compartment of the submarine. It had three 190hp diesel units. One of them has been demounted to leave more space for visitors. On the photo above is one of the diesel units with a demounted cover.

The sixth, electric compartment. It was used for control of the main propulsion motors and to accommodate an electrically operated compressor and a fire-fighting station.

Hold of the sixth compartment. Electric motors and propeller shafts.

The sixth compartment and a dummy holding a portable breathing device.

And finally – the seventh, stern torpedo compartment. Apart from beds for the crew, it has four torpedo tubes, devices for their reloading, torpedo firing control panels, a standby gyrocompass, systems for vertical and horizontal rudder control in the event of a disaster, and a rescue hatch.

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7 Responses to “Museum Inside the Russian Submarine”

  1. john says:

    Excellent posting.

  2. Vijay says:

    When I was a kid, I was told about
    the cramped quarters in a sub. Sometimes
    I wodnered about this but never really
    got the chance to find out.
    Thanks to the net and these posts here
    now I see how really cramped it is.
    Worse than homeless shelter even if
    I can say so. Amazing and educative set of
    pictures. I will see them a few times again
    and again. Thanks for efforts in this
    regard and thanks for sharing again.
    Keep your good efforts. :)

  3. Johny_D says:

    I would paint it in yellow and settle a rock or jazz band there!

  4. dave says:

    Compared to a German U-Boat, these are castles.

  5. Johan says:

    Very nice. Just one question: only 190 hp for the Diesel engine? Perhaps 1900 hp?

  6. Ricsi says:

    Its diesel-electric,the diesels where for back-up only.
    I have been on the UK museum sub when it was at Birkenhead (now closed)and it was just as cramped and uninviting. Brave guys who can stand to serve in these things.

  7. Bugs Bunny says:

    B-440 was decommissioned in 1998, not 1989. more pix at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39049342

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