My tenuous association with The Submarine Museum at the old HMS Dolphin Base at Haslar, in Gosport began back in 2008 when planning to go on our first ever Cruise on the now retired Cunard Cruise Liner QE2. Before leaving for the cruise, I read on the Itinerary of Events that a Series of Three Lectures on the History of the Submarine would be given by the Commander of the Submarine Museum at Gosport, Commander Fall, Retired.
As my long passed away now, father served in the Royal Navy as a Submariner during WW2 and was originally based here at HMS Dolphin, my interest was set. My father was one of the Favoured ones who survived the war but sadly died age 52.
Having taken a copy of my fathers War Record List of Ships that he served in with me, I was able to meet Commander Fall and chat with him during the cruise. He put me in contact with the Museum were I was able to send a copy of the original record and send them a set of his photos.
FRANK LOMAX – WAR RECORD DEVONPORT – D/JX 204292
|SHIP / SHORE BASE||SUBMARINE||DATE JOINED||RANK||OTHER|
|Date of Birth 11th Feb 1920|
|HMS RALEIGH||3RD JULY 1940||ORDINARY SEAMAN|
|HMS DRAKE||10TH SEPTEMBER 1940|
|HMS DEFIANCE||2ND OCTOBER 1940|
|HMS DOLPHIN||6TH FEBRUARY 1941|
|HMS MAIDSTONE||26TH APRIL 1941|
|HMS MAIDSTONE||27TH JUNE 1941||AB||ST|
|HMS MAIDSTONE||3RD JULY 1941||ABLE SEAMAN|
|HMS ST ANGELO||( SC)||18TH JULY 1941|
|HMS ST ANGELO||( HM SUB URGE )||16TH SEPTEMBER 1941||( SUB.LOST 28TH APRIL 1942)|
|HMS ST ANGELO||( SC)||16TH NOVEMBER 1941|
|HMS TALBOT||( HM SUB UNA )||28TH FEBRUARY 1943|
|HMS DOLPHIN||( S / M 'S )||2ND MARCH 1943|
|HMS AMBROSE||( S / M 'S )||14TH MAY 1943|
|HMS AMBROSE||( HM SUB SEA DOG )||12TH OCTOBER 1943|
|HMS FORTH||( HM SUB SEA DOG )||15TH AUGUST 1944|
|HMS FORTH||( S / M 'S )||29TH NOVEMBER 1944|
|HMS FORTH||( HM SUB SLEUTH )||10TH JANUARY 1945|
|HMS MAIDSTONE||( HM SUB SLEUTH )||12TH JANUARY 1945|
|HMS DOLPHIN||( HM SUB SLEUTH )||1ST OCTOBER 1945|
|HMS DOLPHIN||( S / M 'S )||20TH NOVEMBER 1945|
|HMS DOLPHIN||( S / M 'S )||22ND FEBRUARY 1946||RELEASED CLASS A|
|FRANK LOMAX – MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES|
|FOR DESTINGUISHED SERVICE||( HM SUB UNSEEN )||1||1ST JUNE 1943||PARCHMENT|
|FOR DESTINGUISHED SERVICE||( HM SUB SLEUTH )||2||18TH DECEMBER 1945||PARCHMENT|
|FRANK LOMAX – MEDALS LIST|
|THE WAR MEDAL||RED / WHITE / BLUE||1||MENTION IN DESPATCHES||OAK LEAF|
|THE DEFENCE MEDAL||GREEN / RED / NAVY||2|
|THE ATLANTIC STAR||BLUE / SILVER / GREEN||3|
|THE 1939 – 1945 STAR||NAVY / RED / BLUE||4|
|THE AFRICA STAR||GOLD / BLUE / RED / NAVY||5||NORTH AFRICA 1942 – 43||CLASP|
|THE PACIFIC STAR||RED / NAVY / GREEN / GOLD / SILVER||6||BURMA||CLASP|
My Fathers Submarine HMS Sleuth arriving off Portsmouth from the Pacific Ocean
HMS Sleuth on the right with My Father seen on the extreme right of the photo.
An Extract from the Portsmouth Evening News in 1945
HMS Solent ( Left ) Commanded by Lt. Cdr. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN and HMS Sleuth ( Right ) commanded by Lt. K.H. Martin, RN .... The younger of the Martin brothers, the Commanding Officer of HMS Sleuth - Returning to HMS Dolphin in November 1945 following service in the Pacific War.
My Father and Me aged 1yr on 1945
My Father, 2nd from Left, Front Row during time with a Crew in Malta
My Fathers Mentioned In Dispatches Certificates
My Fathers Mentioned In Dispatches Certificates
I arrived at the museum expecting that British Summer Time would have triggered a later closing time only to find out that I only had just over a half an hour for a quick visit.
The Camera would have to work fast in lie of a future and longer visit.
Arriving at the Museum
On the way in I spotted this old WW1 Photo of the harbour side.
Inside I began viewing the Exhibits beginning with this Red Escape Suit and Beige Fire Protection Suit.
Seeing the small size of these Bunks used by the crews it would not do to be too tall.
A Rear Admiral's Dress Uniform
Two Cartoon Like Diagrams of On Board Systems
A Large Submarine Battery
Inside a Cut Away example of a Early Submarine called the Turtle.
One of the many pieces of artwork on display depicting the precarious life of Submariners.
WW1 Submarine Depot Ship HMS Latona 1890
Seen here at sea off Murdos
Submarines moored alongside their Depot Ship
1915 Depot Ship HMS Titania
Moored off Portland with 6 Subs alongside
Typical Collection of Household Goods from the Wartime
Cramped Conditions for Underwater Living
On the Surface for a breath of rarely experienced Fresh Air.
His Majesty The King Reviewing The Fleet Off Cowes in 1909
Submarine Designs - Shapes to Suit Purposes
The Rum Barrel
Three Centuries of the Daily 'Tot of Rum' Issue
The Theatres of War Diagrams
A Showcase of Submariner Memorabilia
A Well Worn White Ensign and Collection of Submarine Bells
The First of the Jolly Rogers used to display the Submarines War Record
"The practice came about during World War 1: Remembering comments by Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, who complained that submarines were "underhanded, unfair, and damned un-English" and that personnel should be hanged as Pirates, Lieutenant Commander Max Horton began flying the flag after returning from successful patrols. Initially, Horton's submarine HMS E9 flew an additional flag after each successful patrol, but when there was no room for more, the practice was changed to a single large flag, onto which symbols indicating the submarine's achievements were sewn." (Wikipedia)
The Crew of HMS Utmost with their Jolly Roger
Display of Naval Uniforms
Atlantic Wolves by Robert Taylor
Midget Submarines and Human Torpedos
Another Jolly Roger
A Description of the Symbols used on the Flags
More Symbols Used
And More Jolly Rogers. The Pride of each ship
This Submaarine is credited with sinking so many small merchant ships.
A Cross Sectional Diagram of a 'T' Class Submarine at Periscope Depth by Vickers Armstrong Ltd
The Bell & Badge from HMS Dolphin, the Shore Base where the Museum is located.
A Launching Ceremony
HMS Repulse and Artifacts
HMS Dolphin from the air
More Models and Artifacts
Two Periscopes with Fixed Views of Portsmouth Harbour and of The Solent
Model of Submarine Depot Ship A187 HMS Forth
Midget Submarine X24 located in the Gift Shop
A Large Montage of Photos at Reception
The Museum then closed leaving just enough time before the gates closed to take outside photos.
A View Across to Fort Blockhouse where HMS Dolphin once was located
Modern Marines fill the old Submarine Basins
The New Museum Building
The Water Tower used for Underwater Escape Training for Submariners.
Seen in use below
The View to Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower
Pigeons Get Everywhere even on the Bow of HMS Alliance
HMS Alliance from the Quay.
I was unable to take a tour inside as I arrived too late in the day however the attendant kindly offer to take me as though in charge of the ship.
The next series of photos may be seen on placards along the main entrance walkway.
A Typical Submarine Crew At Ease
Wrens 'Housekeeping' Manoeuvring this Mark 8 Torpedo
A Single Run Silent Propeller showing its massive size
HMS Seahorse leaving Portsmouth in 1933
Submarine Signalmen and Telegraphists - Harwich 1914
The Crew of HMS A2 in 1908
Alongside Fort Blockhouse in 1908
An Old Conning Tower
An Amphibious Diving Suit
A Small Diving Bell
A Modern Miniature Submarine
HMS Alliance From All Angles
Another Massive Silent Screw
The Green Goddess waiting for me.
Tonneau Off and ready to roll.
Outside of The Main Gates as I was in 2012
Approaching The Hovercraft Museum (only open on Saturdays) Another visit I have yet to make.
I hope that you enjoyed the tour