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                               Proposal for a "Cold War" museum!

There is the potential for an excellent future for HMS Courageous outlined below by Ian Whitehouse. I believe that this will be the one and only opportunity to save a Royal Navy nuclear submarine for future generations which should be grasped as the opportunity will not happen again.  Can I ask if the message below can be given as much publicity to all S/M Association membership to enable the target to be met.  Your anticipated help in this will be greatly appreciated.


Below is a link to a crowd funding page for a project that Rear Admiral John Weale (recently retired FOSNI & RASM) and Ian Whitehouse (ex CO Sovereign) are working on with Plymouth City Council and the NMRN to establish a new Cold War Museum in Plymouth, with Courageous at its core, as part of the Devonport South Yard regeneration programme.  Detail of the proposal is found at the link. In essence, it is to remember the history of the Cold War from Plymouth which was the home of both the S and T class submarines, and the SM School before all training and operations migrate north to the Clyde and we lose the unique history of operational submarines in Plymouth. The intent is to try and raise £40K by Christmas such that we can complete a scoping study of the feasibility and costings for a Cold War Museum (Sub Hub) to include what work needs to be done to provide Courageous with a permanent home. Any donation you give will be gratefully received. Finances are being managed by the RNRMC and any funds donated above the target figure will be given to the RNRMC SMF charity.


Please forward to all your submariner friends & colleagues

Kind regards

Pitt.k (former naval person)               


Aug 2020


Does anyone have any photographs relating to the keel laying of the boat (12th June 1959).  John Davies (now 90) was part of the ceremonial guard and would like to find any photo's of that event. I know there is one in the "First Five Years" brochure but it shows the Royal Box only with HRH Prince Phillip and others covered in gold braid.


If you have any,drop me a note.  JanH 30 June 2019

Can any one from the early days help put an answer to this enquiry?  I can only surmise this came about when Cdr Samborne and others went to the States for training in 1959.  Lt I Cochrane did commission the boat. 

September 2019


Name: Jim berg


Subject: Silver
  dish Lt. I. Cochrane

Message: Hello. I have been trying to research a silver dish/bowl. It is inscribed “to the   captain/officers of USS Skipjack.

in sincere appreciation LT. I. Cochrane RN,  HMS Dreadnought.


I have researched as much as I can. The dish was made in 1906, the year the HMS dreadnought battleship was commissioned. However, the skipjack and dreadnought in the inscription I assume are not subs because I. Cochrane was an officer on the sub. I am trying to find out why this was presented to the skipjack and what the significance was. I haven’t been able   to determine if Mr. Cochrane is still alive Thank you Jim