We are in Kaliningrad, Russia, to visit the World Ocean Museum (where one may lose himself for hours) and get inside a real military submarine. Take a rare chance with us!
“Embankment of the historic fleet”. The museum has five ships, They are listed on the sign.
Diesel-electric submarine B-412. It is 91 meters long!
Down thru the hatch.
All military attributes are accumulated in the forward compartment – torpedos, mines, shooting devices.
Photos can’t convey how large they are…
The mining technology is quite interesting. The nose of the submarine is sharp-pointed and resembles a hook on which the mine is secured. The submarine was approaching a ship, clung and left a mine under the ship’s bottom and insensibly floated away. Some time after an explosion occurred.
We go through the hatch and find ourselves in a living compartment.
Room of a commander and a creepy dummy of his deputy.
To the left is a saloon or a conference room with a folding table. Pay attention to the bright lamps on the ceiling – this place was used for operations. To the right is a small officers’ mess.
“Complex of devices to control the diving system”. After the living compartment we come to the central and most important compartment for submarine control.
Yes, it’s the system of valves for submarine control. Breathtaking!
The table of the tapping system and the general view of the control compartment.
Room for radio operators with impressive communication devices.
Toilet – it had an ordinary door, but now it has the door with a window in order we could see through wihout touching the door.
Girls should not wear skirts in this museum!
There are two periscopes here, one of them has three color filters used depending on visibility conditions.
The room also has many other devices. They hang on the walls and the ceiling. The space is used to the maximum.
Those who work here should have a very good memory!
Kitchen! It’s rather small – the cook like other crew members needs to be short and slim…
The submarine has three storys: the lowest are living compartments for crew members (80 of them: 13 officers, 11 warrant officers, petty officers and 40 common soldiers.
Next compartments: diesel (engine) and electric motors. They maintain the submarine, keep it floating without surfacing for three months!
Electric motors are huge, taller than men.
The final compartment is a stern torpedo room. The diving suit would be used in emergency or reconnaissance situations. Beds are right next to them – as we’ve already noted the space is used to the maximum.
Up to the air! We exit through the hatch on another side of the submarine.
This is an emergency hatch located under the compartment with periscopes.
If you come to Kaliningrad, do come to this museum!
Thanks to marquise-manyu for the photo excursion!