The Royal Navy Submarine Museum Photograph Collection begins with drawings and sketches of the very first submersibles - the weird and wacky inventions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and concludes with the most modern British submarines - those of the Astute-class.
Although there are a few gaps in the collection we hold photographs of nearly all Royal Navy submarines. These range from official photographs to those taken by individuals during their time at sea - both at work and play.
We also hold a large number of crew photographs showing submariners from the Royal Navy's first submarine, Holland 1, to images from the First and Second World Wars through to modern day crews. Some show the atrocious living conditions that submariners endured, but many show the more light hearted events which were part of everyday life such as 'Crossing the Line' ceremonies and ‘Hands to Bathe’.
The Archive contains complete construction and underwater fittings photographs of various submarines and images of torpedoes, mines, guns and missiles of submarines over the last 100 years.
The Submarine Service has been awarded 14 Victoria Crosses, and the museum holds a wonderful set of drawings depicting each of those men honoured along with photographs of them during their careers.
A large collection of photographs of submarine badges and Jolly Rogers’ is held.
As well as photographs the Archive contains Postcards, Negatives, Glass Plate Negatives and Lantern Slides.
The RN Submarine Museum is committed to an ongoing photograph preservation policy. All photographs are housed in archival quality acid-free sleeves, within archival quality albums. Scanning and cataloguing of the collection is ongoing.
The photographic pages tell of what we have in the Collection but what we are seeking is to have 'a face to every name'. We have many images of the machines but now we are striving to collect photographs of the men who made the Submarine Service so special.
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum . Haslar Jetty Road . Gosport . Hampshire . PO12 2AS
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