Submarine’s new paint job closes museum

GATHERING PACE Work on HMS Alliance
GATHERING PACE Work on HMS Alliance
HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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A MUSEUM was closed yesterday as a Second World War era submarine was given a final lick of paint.

HMS Alliance, at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, was given her final coat in an operation that lasted from 6am to 5pm.

Bosses temporarily shut the site as the paint could have caused breathing problems.

Curator Bob Mealings said ‘The paint itself is potentially a respiratory hazard to people not wearing a mask. We didn’t want to take any chances.’

He also said contractors had to work uninterrupted as stopping would also leave marks.

He said: ‘Although it’s jet black, you could still see it. This continuous process of intensive painting is quite important. It’s taken us a while to find the right day and the right hours to carry it out.’

The restoration is a £6.7m project part-funded by a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The submarine is covered by sheeting, which is due to come down next month.