Dive into the past: urban explorers sneak inside an abandoned marine submarine – and even take a nap on the narrow cages of the crew
- Dutch city explorer Bob Thissen (33) and his team visited Delfim (S-166), retired by the Portuguese navy in 2005
- They visited the middle of the night and were amazed by abandoned equipment such as logs, sirens and meters
- They even found a drawer with checkers and chess pieces, along with the groundbreaking game Mastermind
- In the torpedo track, which has twelve hatches, Mr Thissen and a city explorer tried out the bunk beds
A team of urban explorers visited an abandoned submarine, spent 12 hours in – and even cheekily took a nap in the ship's narrow beds.
Claustrophobic images show Dutch urban explorer Bob Thissen (33) and his team entering the vessel, which is still on a naval base in Lisbon after being abandoned by the Portuguese navy for nearly 14 years.
After descending the access hatch in the middle of the night, they slowly step between the ship's electromechanical guts – called Delfim (& # 39; dolphin & # 39; in Portuguese).
They stop to look at oil and pressure gauges, logs, sirens and a cloth-caked table on which is a roll of paper and cables.
At one point they even find a drawer with checkers and chess pieces, together with the code-breaking game Mastermind.
During an exploration of a submarine, abandoned by the Portuguese navy in 2005, urban explorer Bob Thissen (33) and a friend discovered the torpedo bay and even had a snooze
Mr. Thissen from the Netherlands and his team spent 12 hours wandering the ship, called Delfim – & # 39; dolphin & # 39; in portuguese. The ship first served in the navy in 1969
Mr. Thissen (photo) prepares for bed at night in the 57.78-meter sub, which once had a crew of about 50
Despite the approval of the local council in 2006 to turn the ship into a museum, it remains moored at the port near Lisbon
Mr. Thissen was fascinated by what he discovered. & # 39; It was crazy to find it intact; everything was left there. You could just restart it and it would probably work, & he said
The explorers are also very happy to find the shutters of the torpedo tracks – together with the accompanying bunk beds.
Mr. Thissen and his friend decide to take a nap in them, with the clip ending with both of them taking out their torches.
The Portuguese & # 39; Dolphin & # 39; submarine
The sub is an NRP Delfim (S-166) that served in the Portuguese Navy from 1969 to 2005 – and was able to immerse to a depth of 300 meters.
Although it was based on the French Daphne class, it was known in Portugal as the Albacora class – and it was one of the four of its kind that formed the 4th submarine fleet.
In 1964 the Portuguese government ordered the ships to be built at the Dubigeòn-Normándie shipyard in France.
Equipped with 12 torpedo tubes, the 57.78-meter-long subs worked from the naval base in Lisbon.
The Delfim retired at the end of 2005 and the weapon system was dismantled.
Despite the approval in 2006 to turn the ship into a museum, it remains moored – and abandoned – at docks near Lisbon.
& # 39; I heard about this submarine in a few photos & # 39; s online and I decided to visit him & # 39 ;, said Mr. Thissen.
He continued: & # 39; It is docked near a naval base, so we had to be careful that we were not seen.
& # 39; It was crazy to find it intact; everything was left there.
& # 39; You could just restart it and it would probably work.
# Every inch of the submarine is working on equipment and it is very narrow inside.
& # 39; We also slept in it and we imagined what it would be like to sleep there if there were bombs everywhere. & # 39;
The Delfim is 57.78 meters long and 6.75 meters wide, armed with 12 torpedoes and able to transport a crew of more than 50 people.
Investigating an abandoned sub is nothing new for Mr. Thissen.
At the beginning of last year he and fellow urban explorers visited a Soviet submarine from the fifties that had been rotting in a dock for more than a decade.
He paddled to take a look at the ship, built by the Russians during the Cold War and that now lies unwanted in the Amsterdam waters.
Inside, the Foxtrot B80 submarine served as a time capsule, with its dwellings and narrow, profiled corridors preserved, but rust-proof and dusty, due to the long wave of inactivity.
The ship was based on the French class Daphne, but in Portugal it was known as the Albacora class. It was one of the four ships that included the 4th submarine fleet
Luminous dials illuminate the way … Mr. Thissen said he decided to view the submarine after he found photos of him online
The city scouts wandered past the narrow, claustrophobic chambers of pipelines and manometers
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