Afternoon of jazz will mark second stage in restoration of historic sub HMS Alliance

The stern of HMS Alliance with new cofferdam and scaffolding for vital conservation of her casing
The stern of HMS Alliance with new cofferdam and scaffolding for vital conservation of her casing
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THE second stage of saving historic submarine HMS Alliance is to be celebrated with a free jazz event.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport is getting ready to host an afternoon of jazz to celebrate Gosport’s Big Day Out on Sunday, June 10, between midday and 4pm.

It will also mark the start of the second stage of the £6.75m conservation project to save the submarine, which is the only surviving British walkthrough World War Two-era submarine in Europe.

One of the south’s leading jazz acts, Old Thumper Dixie 5, will be entertaining visitors to support the fundraising campaign.

Jason Lowe, project manager of the Saving HMS Alliance project, said: ‘We are delighted with how the project is progressing.

‘The first stage of building the cofferdam around HMS Alliance is near completion, so the second stage of conserving her body work can start in earnest.’

The first phase works is nearing completion.

Land underneath the submarine has been reclaimed and a cofferdam has been built to create a new, dry hard standing allowing access to the whole vessel for routine exterior maintenance and in the future give visitors the opportunity to view the underside of the hull.

The second phase which will start in June will involve stripping off Alliance’s body work to restore her to pristine condition as close as possible to when she served during active service. As much as possible of the original fabric of the boat will be preserved and like-for-like features and materials will be used.

Bill Sainsbury, event organiser said, “HMS Alliance was commissioned in 1945 so the jazz music will fit perfectly with the atmosphere that this historic submarine evokes”

The Submarine Museum will remain open everyday throughout the summer. Visitors can still go onboard HMS Alliance with a submariner guide and see Holland 1, the Royal Navy’s first submarine.

Free jazz on Sunday 10 June does not include a tour of HMS Alliance, however the Submarine Museum will be offering Half Price entrance on this date to Gosport residents as part of Gosport’s Big Day Out. For more information visit www.submarine-museum.co.uk or call 023 92510354 ext 240.