U-475 Black Widow Russian Submarine

U-475 Black Widow Russian Submarine

U-475 Black Widow Russian Submarine
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Russian Cold war submarine, 300 feet Long, 1,600 tonnes, one of only 4 on display in the world.
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK2,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Currently closed for visits, but you can admire it (is this really the right word ?) from the Castle, and of course from Rochester Bridge. In its present state, this Soviet spy submarine manages to look both rusted, and quite frankly dilapidated, whilst seemingly sinister. Also being moored in the centre of the River Medway , and therefore very close to the former Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham, only gives it an extra piquancy. We had visited HMS Ocelot ( a similar dated British spy submarine) just a few days earlier - it would have been very interesting to compare the two.
Unfortunately the U-475 is now closed to visitors, and is seeking a new location to moor up.
Written November 1, 2021
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managementtrainer1
London, England15 contributions
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The bad news: You can't go aboard - at least not yet. This former Soviet Cold War submarine used to be moored at Woolwich and then Folkestone. Known in the West by the NATO reporting name ‘Foxtrot’ and called by her owner ‘The Black Widow’ she has spent the past few years she has floated in the River Medway, separated from Strood railway station by a storage depot and not far from Rochester Castle... waiting for a new home. Now she is listing over and is slowly being attacked by the elements. Her owner is trying to find her a mooring where she can help tell the story of the Cold War, but so far has not had any success – despite trying places as far flung as Southend, Bristol, Whitstable and Herne Bay and Cardiff.

The good news: Despite the above, she is impressive and very photogenic (if you like old submarines!) I recently journey for some four hours by public transport just to see and photograph her - but then again it takes all sorts!

In conclusion: Unless you are a submarine fanatic, have an interest in Cold War weaponry or history you may wish to give this a miss. Even if you have an interest, you may not spend much time here. But couple this with a visit to Rochester Castle and the former Naval Dockyard at nearby Chatham (with its small collection of ships – including a British contemporary of the Foxtrot submarine) and you could have the makings of a good day out!
Written January 17, 2010
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carol g
Chatham, UK1,238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The U-475 Black Widow can not be viewed from the inside without the private owners permission, but can be seen clearly from the road and footpaths around. Its quite an outstanding piece of Soviet history right on my doorstep. It was used in the Jude Law film Black Sea. The inside is apparently amazing, and in very good condition, however the outside tells a different tory, and it looks quite neglected, although that isn't the case. The owner is refurbishing it himself very slowly, so hopefully over time this will look as good from the outside, if it can be refurbished before it falls apart that is.
There have been rumours it would be made into a hotel at one point, but I think that's unlikely. Worth a short visit if in the area, but wouldn't be worth a long distant travel if not in the area. Incorporate it in to a visit with the castle or the cathedral, or just a day in Rochester itself, as a lovely historical place to visit, especially if on a dickens weekend.
Written September 30, 2016
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Hotash2013
Chesterfield, UK210 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
I saw this submarine at Folkstone Harbour in 2000 while I was looking at the railway, I went on a National Holidays coach holiday staying at the hotel across the road. I wish it would re-pen as a museum soon as its a lovely submarine, at least the mussels from Folkstone Harbour might be washed off
Written November 5, 2015
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Donna W
Chatham, England, United Kingdom8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
You would believe from outside of this sub that it is in such disrepair but inside is a hidden gem and amazing to see if you ever stumble across the owner ask to visit inside is every inch still a russian war sub with full beauty and it shows just how hard they must have been to survive in such close conditions without much places to rest and the colours are amazing to see the way they decorated the sub is breathtaking to behold.
But as i said just standing outside on the riverside it is such a different story as it almost looks pity-full and abandoned but the owner is repairing it himself and it has been years of work so far i can't wait to see what the future holds for this sub :)
Written September 1, 2015
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FSR1977
Maidstone, UK178 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
This is a Cold War-era submarine in the middle of the River Medway. It can be seen from Strood and Rochester and you can't really miss it. It has been in Strood since 2004.
It is listing badly and in serious need of repair. Apparently there are plans to restore and create a museum around it, but that has been mentioned several times since it was placed at its current location.

Link on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_U-475_Black_Widow

I've attached 2 photos of the submarine as seen from nearby Rochester castle.
Written September 4, 2013
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Here & There
England, UK425 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
It’s a submarine, that’s it.

Nothing to see apart from a very tired and somewhat and scruffy looking old submarine.

I’m pretty sure it would have been impressive in its heyday but now it’s just an old rundown vessel that’s been moored on the River Medway at Strood for years.

It’s not an attraction, there’s nothing to see and you can’t get near it as it is a privately own vessel that was rumoured to be a restoration project, but nothing has changed for a considerable number of years.

Why it’s on Tripadvisor is a mystery in itself.

Don’t make a special trip you will be disappointed, just search for it on the internet- you’ll see just as much as standing on the edge of the River Medway; which is not a lot
Written February 16, 2019
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monty o
Rochester, UK31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
Not a lot you can say about it really as it is what it is an old sub sitting in the river medway.
As far as I know you can't go on it so you just have to look from the river side & if you were allowed I don't know how you'd get onto it without a little struggle.
If old subs are your thing I'm sure you'll love it.
Written July 28, 2016
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andy bolton
Rochester, UK52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
It sits in the river, you can't get to it, it's listing, you can't board it.
It's odd too see a Russian sub in the medway, first view makes you double take, then that's it.
Written January 7, 2015
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LouiseSmith2014
Medway, UK9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
This little submarine is found just past the Rochester bridge, and is a lovely little gem for Medway. I have taken my four year old here many times just to look at the submarine, with a play park a few feet away its good for the kids. Shame you can not go aboard to look inside it.
Written August 29, 2014
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