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Submarines Collection

"Exploring the Depths: A Journey through 150 Years of British Submarines" Embark on a captivating voyage as we delve into the fascinating world of submarines

Background imageSubmarines Collection: T class Submarine

T class Submarine
Inside a British submarine: complex details of the craft in which our underwater crews live and fight. A sectional view of a boat of the T class, showing how machinery, torpedoes

Background imageSubmarines Collection: British submarines during 50 years

British submarines during 50 years
A sectional view of the British Navys first submarine, and the development of the British submarine from 1900 to 1950. The illustration does not show every type built but depicts some of the most

Background imageSubmarines Collection: HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship

HMS Conqueror submarine returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking Argentine battleship General Belgrano South Atlantic Falklands War, July 1982

Background imageSubmarines Collection: The crew of HMS Sportsman pose on the deck of their submarine at a un-named Northern

The crew of HMS Sportsman pose on the deck of their submarine at a un-named Northern depot. The Sportsman had just returned from a year campaigning in the Mediterranean where she sunk or damage 31

Background imageSubmarines Collection: British submarine HMS E6, WW1

British submarine HMS E6, WW1
British submarine HMS E6. Date: circa 1915

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Parnall Peto on HMS M2

Parnall Peto on HMS M2
Preparing to launch a Parnall Peto from submarine HMS M2

Background imageSubmarines Collection: The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon

The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon
The subzeppmarinellin for making sure of your enemy. All bases covered with this combined submarine and zeppelin from the imagination of William Heath Robinson during the First World War. Date: c.1916

Background imageSubmarines Collection: HMAS Ovens Submarine in the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

HMAS Ovens Submarine in the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific

Background imageSubmarines Collection: U-Boats - Cutaway

U-Boats - Cutaway
The internal accommodation of a U-boat as it prepares to attack a convoy of Allied merchantmen : though labelled U-65, the Germans did not at this time possess 65 U-boats

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Goubet Submarine / 1885

Goubet Submarine / 1885
Designed by Claude Goubet in 1885: the first electrically powered submarine. Seen here being used by the Russian Navy

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Lake Submarine / Diver

Lake Submarine / Diver
A diver from a " Simon Lake" submarine placing a mine in channels used by enemy ship 2 of 2

Background imageSubmarines Collection: French submarine WWII

French submarine WWII
French submarine Casabianca during World War II. One of the last of the 29 units of the Redoutable class, built throughout the 1930s, formed the backbone of Frances Type 1 submarines

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Card commemorating Zeebrugge and Ostend raid, WW1

Card commemorating Zeebrugge and Ostend raid, WW1
Card commemorating British raids on German shipping at Zeebrugge and Ostend, 23 April 1918. Date: 1918

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Captured German submarine U-1023 on show at West Bute Basin, Cardiff Docks

Captured German submarine U-1023 on show at West Bute Basin, Cardiff Docks, Circa July 1945. When hostilities ceased, boats still at sea were ordered to head for one of a number of designated ports

Background imageSubmarines Collection: The Nautilus - 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea

The Nautilus - 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea
The Nautilus submarine cuts through the deep ocean, amidst millions of squid and other sea creatures. Jules Verne, 20, 000 Lieues sous les mers (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) Date: 1870

Background imageSubmarines Collection: When Germany Surrenders her U-Boats by Heath Robinson, WW1

When Germany Surrenders her U-Boats by Heath Robinson, WW1
Why not use the enemy craft for peaceful sport? Ramming rabbits in the Balearic Islands. An inventive suggestion from the ingenious mind of William Heath Robinson for German U-boats following the end

Background imageSubmarines Collection: The new Polaris submarine HMS Revenge was commissioned at Cammell Laird

The new Polaris submarine HMS Revenge was commissioned at Cammell Lairds shipbuilding yards, Blrkenhead yesterday. The little lad who wanted to see his daddy, Andrew Parr aged two and a half

Background imageSubmarines Collection: British submarine HMS C11

British submarine HMS C11. Date: circa 1909

Background imageSubmarines Collection: British submarine HMS Holland 4

British submarine HMS Holland 4, launched on the 23rd May 1902 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 2nd August 1903. Date: circa 1903

Background imageSubmarines Collection: German U-boat by G. H. Davis

German U-boat by G. H. Davis
The battle of the Atlantic: explanatory drawings of German U-boats (submarines), and how they operate when at sea. Various aspects of undersea activities during the Second World War. Date: 1941

Background imageSubmarines Collection: WW2 - Surcouf Submarine of the Free French Navy

WW2 - Surcouf Submarine of the Free French Navy. The largest submarine ever built until surpassed by the first Japanese I-400-class submarine in 1943

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Escape System for British Submarines, 1933

Escape System for British Submarines, 1933
Illustration showing the air-lock system, built into British submarines of the 1930 s, that was designed to allow submariners to escape if their submarine failed

Background imageSubmarines Collection: HMS Bonaventure - an Astraea-Class second-class cruiser

HMS Bonaventure - an Astraea-Class second-class cruiser
Royal Navy - HMS Bonaventure, an Astraea-Class second-class cruiser of the Royal Navy, ordered as part of the eight-ship Astraea class under the Naval Defence Act of 1889

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Submersible Alvin, silver body, control arms

Submersible Alvin, silver body, control arms

Background imageSubmarines Collection: How submarines fire torpedoes, 1939

How submarines fire torpedoes, 1939
Drawing to explain how a British submarines twelve torpedoes are fired. Here six torpoedoes are shown in their tubes, and a further six are in storage and have, when required

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Holland Submarine 1900

Holland Submarine 1900
Irish inventor Holland, funded by the Fenians, produces a succession of successful submarines in America; the Holland is shown at anchor in New York harbour

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Bushnells Submarine

Bushnells Submarine
BUSHNELLs TURTLE the first submersible craft to be used in action, attacking a British ship at New York on 7 September 1776; the one-man crew provided the power manually !

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho)

Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho)
700921 Subscribe to the Sixth War Loan, WWI German poster, 1914-18 (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Military Pictures; German, out of copyright

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Submarines against the Japanese, 1944

Submarines against the Japanese, 1944
A double page spread in The Sphere, 1944, entitled " Submarines against the Japs: British underwater craft operating in the Far East." On the left hand page

Background imageSubmarines Collection: HMS Forth in Devonport

HMS Forth in Devonport, with seven submarines moored alongside. 1914

Background imageSubmarines Collection: An old Italian submarine located inside the Venice Arsenale, Venice, Veneto

An old Italian submarine located inside the Venice Arsenale, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Hunleys David Submarine

Hunleys David Submarine
Cross-section of Hunleys man-powered David (as in David and Goliath) of the Confederate Navy, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel

Background imageSubmarines Collection: U. s. Subs in Panamacanal

U. s. Subs in Panamacanal
Five C-class submarines of the U.S. Navy pass through the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal

Background imageSubmarines Collection: USS Snapper & USS Stingray, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

USS Snapper & USS Stingray, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
USS Snapper & USS Stingray, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Interior view of a submarine, 19th century (engraving)

Interior view of a submarine, 19th century (engraving)
AIS5368611 Interior view of a submarine, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Description with interior view of a submarine (submarine) manufactured in New York in 1852); © Iberfoto

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Victoria Turret ship, c.1865 (watercolour)

Victoria Turret ship, c.1865 (watercolour)
7342269 Victoria Turret ship, c.1865 (watercolour) by Williams, Hamilton (fl.c.1865); 10x14 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSubmarines Collection: View of the officers mess in a submerged submarine, with cooking utensils

View of the officers mess in a submerged submarine, with cooking utensils and four sailors playing cards
MMM5480879 View of the officers mess in a submerged submarine, with cooking utensils and four sailors playing cards by Ravilious, Eric (1903-42); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Study of an A-class submarine under way, possibly in Portsmouth Harbour

Study of an A-class submarine under way, possibly in Portsmouth Harbour, early 20th century (watercolour, graphite)
7341734 Study of an A-class submarine under way, possibly in Portsmouth Harbour, early 20th century (watercolour, graphite) by Wyllie

Background imageSubmarines Collection: First project of a submarine, developed by John Philip Holland (1841-1914) in 1875

First project of a submarine, developed by John Philip Holland (1841-1914) in 1875
6867181 First project of a submarine, developed by John Philip Holland (1841-1914) in 1875. From Bibliotheque Des Merveilles, published 1888 (b/w engraving); (add.info.: First project of a submarine)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Wilhelm Bauer, 1822-1875 (engraving)

Wilhelm Bauer, 1822-1875 (engraving)
8632250 Wilhelm Bauer, 1822-1875 (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wilhelm Bauer, 1822-1875)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: A Submarine (colour litho)

A Submarine (colour litho)
8666895 A Submarine (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Submarine. Illustration for United Services, A Story Book with Eighteen Coloured Plates (np)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: The old Monarch laying Cable from England to Holland, 1853

The old Monarch laying Cable from England to Holland, 1853
3479548 The old Monarch laying Cable from England to Holland, 1853; (add.info.: The Adder and the Monarch laying the submarine telegraph cable between Orfordness England and Scheveningen Holland)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Steam ship William Hutt, 1853

Steam ship William Hutt, 1853
3479156 Steam ship William Hutt, 1853; (add.info.: Steam ship William Hutt laying out cable for the submarine telegraph between England and Belgium. Dated May 1853.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Eclectic telegraph cable, 1851

Eclectic telegraph cable, 1851
3479171 Eclectic telegraph cable, 1851; (add.info.: France and England connected by a submarine electric telegraph cable. London, dated 1851.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Science. Marine. The american inventor Robert Fulton. Imagery, France, c.1900 (print)

Science. Marine. The american inventor Robert Fulton. Imagery, France, c.1900 (print)
3433696 Science. Marine. The american inventor Robert Fulton. Imagery, France, c.1900 (print); (add.info.: Sciences. Marine. Imagerie, France, debut 20eme. Coll. Part. Science. Marine)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: John Pender, British submarine communications cable pioneer, 1888

John Pender, British submarine communications cable pioneer, 1888
3479000 John Pender, British submarine communications cable pioneer, 1888; (add.info.: John Pender, British submarine communications cable pioneer, was born in the Vale of Leven, Scotland)

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Submarine telegraph cable, 1855

Submarine telegraph cable, 1855
3479164 Submarine telegraph cable, 1855; (add.info.: Submarine telegraph cable between Holyhead on the Welsh coast and Howth in Ireland: 1852. The cable being laid from the deck of Britannia')

Background imageSubmarines Collection: Landing the shore end of the Alexandria Malta submarine telegraph cable at Alexandria, 1868

Landing the shore end of the Alexandria Malta submarine telegraph cable at Alexandria, 1868
3479553 Landing the shore end of the Alexandria Malta submarine telegraph cable at Alexandria, 1868; (add.info.: Landing the shore end of the Alexandria Malta submarine telegraph cable at Alexandria)



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"Exploring the Depths: A Journey through 150 Years of British Submarines" Embark on a captivating voyage as we delve into the fascinating world of submarines. From the iconic T class submarines to the heroic British vessels that sailed for over five decades, this is a story that will leave you in awe. Step back in time to World War I and witness the bravery of the British submarine HMS E6, navigating treacherous waters with unwavering determination. Marvel at the Parnall Peto on HMS M2, an engineering marvel ahead of its time. Travel even further back to 1885 and discover the groundbreaking Goubet Submarine, a true testament to human ingenuity. And let us not forget about The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, a whimsical WWI cartoon that captures both imagination and humor. Uncover the secrets of U-Boats with their intricate cutaway designs, showcasing their inner workings like never before. Dive into uncharted territories with Lake Submarine/Diver, pushing boundaries beneath serene waters. Relive history as HMS Conqueror submarine triumphantly returns to Faslane Holy Loch after sinking an Argentine battleship during conflict. Stand in awe before HMAS Ovens Submarine proudly displayed in Western Australian Maritime Museum - a symbol of Australia's maritime heritage. Pay homage to French submarines from WWII whose valiant efforts shaped our shared history. Finally, commemorate Zeebrugge and Ostend raid through a poignant card from WWI - honoring those who fought bravely against all odds. Submerge yourself into this captivating journey through time and witness how these remarkable machines have forever changed naval warfare. Brace yourself for tales untold and immerse yourself in stories etched within these steel giants' hulls – truly an experience like no other.