History of the deep - finds in way to Gosport museum

HERE, PLEASE! The diving chambers are installed at the Diving Museum on Stokes Bay Road, Gosport.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (113889-1)

HERE, PLEASE! The diving chambers are installed at the Diving Museum on Stokes Bay Road, Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113889-1)

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TWO unique diving chambers used by the Royal Navy have been installed at a museum in Gosport.

One chamber was used during the Second World War to train ‘charioteers’ – navy divers who acted as human torpedoes to attach bombs to enemy ships.

The other was used in the 1970s to carry out world record deep dives.

Both chambers have now been rehomed at the Diving Museum in Stokes Bay Road in Gosport.

John Bevan, chairman of the historical diving society, said: ‘They are unique in the world.

‘They both have a fantastic history.

‘There are no other chambers with that history in the world.’

The museum will open for the next two weekends from 11am until 5pm, before it closes for the winter.

It will open again in May.

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