Virtually Inside HMS Cavalier

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Take a VR journey through the fastest ship in the fleet with Richard Cutland (World of Warships) and Dan Snow (Ballista Media)

The Engine Room
So here we are on the lowest deck, right in the bowls of the ship. The compartments down here, the engine room, two boiler rooms and gear room pushed two and a half thousand tons of ship through the water.

Engine Room

Aerial view of the race with HMS Rapid, when HMS Cavalier was named "fastest ship in the fleet"

Aerial view of the race with HMS Rapid, when HMS Cavalier was named "fastest ship in the fleet"

The Bridge
This is the Bridge, also known as the Compass Platform. Open to the elements.  This with awning would have been used in the Far East – and would have been stowed during any action. It must have been horrendous up here during the arctic convoys.

The Bridge

HMS Cavalier weather system map showing North Arctic conditions

HMS Cavalier weather system map showing North Arctic conditions

The Operations Room
In here are the eyes and the ears of the ship, and its nerve centre.  This room dates from the 1957 refit – during WW2 this would have been much smaller and called the ‘Action Information Office’ where the ASDIC and Radar were co-ordinated.

The Operations Room

HMS Cavalier Operations Room (1960)

HMS Cavalier Operations Room (1960)

The Transmitting Station
Here we are in the transmitting station, the fighting heart of the ship. In here are consoles for target tracking and control equipment for Cavalier’s weapons. Don’t’ press any buttons Richard!

Transmitting Station

Recovering a practice torpedo

Recovering a practice torpedo

The "A" Gun
Barry Knell, HMS Cavalier vetern and the author of "HMS Cavalier and Her Men" walks Richard through the ins and outs of the "A" Gun

Loading "A" Gun with HMS Cavalier veteran (and book author) Barry Knell

Bombardment in Indonesia

HMS Cavalier Fires her guns at Chatham Docks

The Squid Deck
Barry Knell, HMS Cavalier veteran and author of "HMS Cavalier and Her Men" walks Richard through the Suid anti-submarine mortar system

View from the Bow of HMS Cavalier whilst undertaking tests of the Squid anit-submarine system

Forward Seamen's Mess
So here we are in the forward part of the ship and this is the seamen's mess. All the sailors belonged to a specific mess and they would have slept, eaten and lived down here whenever they weren't on watch. It must have been like living in an overcrowded steel box.

The ship's company taking part in "Sod's Opera"

Credits: Story

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust - http://thedockyard.co.uk

World of Warships - www.worldofwarships.com

VR Video Credits:
Richard Cutland
Dan Snow

Special Thanks Barry Knell

Director - Luke Kneller
Producer - Matt Daly
Line Producer - Vitaliy Kolomiyets
DP - Kiryl Drazdovich
In memory of Vasya Loyko, our Cameraman

Historical Research - Ballista Media

Credits: All media
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