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“Currently abandoned, plans for restoration and”

U-475 Black Widow Russian Submarine
Ranked #11 of 13 things to do in Strood
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Owner description: Russian Cold war submarine, 300 feet Long, 1,600 tonnes, one of only 4 on display in the world.
Reviewed 4 September 2013

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.

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I've attached 2 photos of the submarine as seen from nearby Rochester castle.

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Reviewed 17 January 2010

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!

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