Volunteer makes scale model of HMS Alliance from a courgette at Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Ben Miller | 10 September 2013

A conservation volunteer has made a vegetable version of HMS Alliance, complete with a conning tower, hydroplanes and propeller mirroring the mighty 1947 submarine, after finding a giant courgette on his gardening patch.

A photo of a giant courgette in front of a large black submarine within a dockyard
© Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire
Previously responsible for a model of the Alliance built from traditional materials, Eric Rayment made full of use of the expertise he has gained as part of the team on the £7 million project to protect the naval icon at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

“I picked the giant courgette and couldn’t help but think it looked like a submarine – albeit a nuclear submarine, rather than a diesel-electric submarine like HMS Alliance,” says the ardent gardener, who found the impressive specimen under the foliage of his courgette plant.

“HMS Courgette is a vegetable class submarine. Her patrol success as detailed on the Jolly Roger flag shows three Attack Carrots, 11 Merchant Peas and one Anti-Submarine Tomato.”

Staff at the museum gave their new gift a photoshoot in front of its docked inspiration. Work has just begun on the final, interior phase of the mission to restore the Alliance, which is expected to relaunch in Spring 2014.

More pictures:

A photo of a man holding a large courgette next to a black submarine at a dockyard
Rayment is part of the team working to conserve the only surviving World War II-era ocean-going British submarine in the world© Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire
A photo of a large black submarine on a dock
New dressing and lighting will make the ship seem as if it is ready to leave port when it relaunches next year© Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire
A close-up photo of a black submarine in a dockyard under a blue sky
The giant courgette submarine will be on display in the Learning Centre at the Museum© Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire
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