New Submarine and Water Access for Gosport Submarine Museum

A new submarine exhibit and a new waterbus link will be opened for visitors to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport for the Summer Half Term from Saturday 28 May. The new submarine is the only working replica of the world’s first fully submersible craft known as the Drebbel which was built in 1620. The new waterbus link will allow visitors shopping in Gunwharf Quays to easily cross the Harbour to visit this unusual new exhibit.

Bob Mealings, Acting Director at the Submarine Museum said, “Our latest submarine the “Drebbel” is certainly unusual and begs disbelief at the daring of the design. I am sure it will help our visitors to understand the perils that were faced when trialing the early submarines”

“Combined with the new waterbus service and our own submariner guided tours of HMS Alliance, we are looking forward to a busy summer season at the Submarine Museum”

The “Drebbel” submarine was invented by Dutch inventor Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel in 1620 and was tested at depths from four to five meters beneath the surface during trials on the River Thames. Van Drebbel’s submarine was powered by 12 oarsmen who were thought to have breathed through snorkel air tubes held above the surface by floats.

The replica of the “Drebbel” which will be on show at the Submarine Museum was built for a BBC TV programme “Building the Impossible” in 2002. It was built using tools and construction methods common in 17 th century boat building and was successfully tested on the rowing lake at Eton Dorney in Windsor, diving beneath the surface and being rowed underwater for 10minutes.

The new waterbus link will transport visitors from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays to Gosport attractions, Submarine Museum and Explosion. Joint tickets for the waterbus service and entrance to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum will be available from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Haslar Jetty Road
Hampshire PO12 2AS

Tel: 023 9251 0354
Fax: 023 9251 1349

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