Saturday, December 10, 2011

Submarine Museum In Cherbourg

Do you want to get inside the biggest atomic submarine a mere mortal can get into? Then welcome to La Cité de la Mer ("The City of Sea") museum in Cherbourg, France. Cherbourg is situated on the shore of La Manche in the northern part of Cotentin Peninsula.

The museum consists of 2 big buildings and one important exhibit outdoors.

Here is the first hall - here you can find a bathyscaphe, a book store, a gift shop and booking office windows.

In the inner court is another bathyscaphe...

... and the submarine itself. Its name is Redoutable, which means "The Thundering". It was built in 1967, and enlisted in the French navy in December, 1970.

Near the entrance you are a given a special player, which is a usual thing for many European museums. You need just to enter the number of the hall and digital guide will tell you everything about it.

Here is, for example, reactor turbines control room.

This desk indicates different information about the temperature in the contour of the reactor.

A reducing gear - a device which lowers the pressure.

The main control room of the submarine. By the way, all the equipment is preserved as it used to be while the tin fish was on-stream. The only difference is that the atomic reactor cell was fully dismantled.

That's the equipment for water softening - due to it the submarine dives and breaks surface.

Rest room for soldiers and officers.

A cookhouse. By the way - the submarine's weight is 8000 tons, length - 128 m, diameter - 10 m. It's personnel includes 135 people. Speed - about 20 knots, engine horsepower - 16000.

Supply depot.

The submarine made use of M1 ballistic missiles with 2000 km strike radius. In 1974 they were replaced by M2 and then by M20. Every missile was supplied with a megaton nuclear warhead and had a strike radius up to 3000 km.

And again we are back to the exhibition complex. In the right part of the photo you can see the biggest aquarium in Europe.

Here are also different exhibits devoted to the subjugation of the bosom of the sea.

The height of the aquarium is 10 m.

Here is also a swimming pool with skates.

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