Some cheerful looking nautical stars
From the outside, it looks little more than a slowly corroding hulk, but in the cramped confines of this abandoned vessel everything looks in great condition – even if the echoes that rebound around the space are a little creepy.
With the empty vessel bobbing peacefully in the river where it is berthed, being inside this submarine is unnerving enough even now. So we can only imagine what it must have been like to inhabit this confined space when the craft was operational, submerged 250 meters (820 ft) beneath the waves for weeks at a time.
A whole corridor full of valves and mysterious looking controls
Walking around inside the sub today, practically the only sound you’ll hear is the hollow clanging of your footsteps on metal. The sole source of light is the torch you’ve brought with you. And the air is cool and still, with maybe a lingering whiff of the diesel that powered this once-formidable underwater vessel. It seems like the perfect place to chance upon the ghost of a long dead submariner.
A missile that’s been deactivated – at least, we hope!
All this emptiness and quiet stands in stark contrast to the atmosphere that would have reigned during the submarine’s days in the Soviet Navy. At that time, it would have been full of sailors going about their business, forced into close proximity with one another by the restricted space. For weeks, if not months, on end they would have shared the same tiny rooms and walked the same narrow corridors; even breathed the same air. Definitely not a good place for the unsociable. Or claustrophobic.