Restoration

M33 needed a considerable amount of work to enable her to be open to the public. This work began in October 2014.

Work begins on HMS M33 October 2014

The first priority was to complete conservation work on her hull. Extensive work to treat the corrosion of the steelwork had already been done but more was required to make her watertight and prevent further deterioration. From the middle of November 2014 until May 2015, she was covered over to allow this work to be carried out and to protect the ship from the elements.

 

Then a carefully designed access ramp, walkway and lift was installed so that all visitors, including those using wheelchairs could access the vessel. This was done using existing openings in the hull.

 

Flooring was built through the hold, which was largely empty because the engines and boilers were removed during the Second World War.

 

HMS M33 Engine and Boiler RoomWe use interactive audio visual experiences to explain how the ship and her crew operated and their role in the Gallipoli Campaign and the Russian Revolution, as well as her later history in Portsmouth Harbour.

 

A viewing platform has been built so that visitors can see into the mess, which has been recreated as it was in 1915.

 

On the Upper Deck and Fo’c’sle, the cabins, ward room, heads (toilets), wheel house and wireless room were brought to life with audio soundscapes and reconstructed fixtures and fittings.

 

We focus on telling the stories of those who served on the ship when she was in active service. We can use details of about 70 crew members from different periods – from ships logs and diary entries that have survived, and also from those whose relatives served on board.

 

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