Soviet Submarine Base,
For fun, I thought I'd train
it up to Paldiski to visit the former Soviet submarine base there.
The base is located on the Pakri peninsula, 50kms west of Tallinn.
During the cold war, the whole peninsula was off limits to civilians till
1994. The base was finally abandoned in late 1995 after the experimental
reactors where decommissioned and encased in concrete somewhere and the
last Russian soldiers disappeared.
Have to say, I think I got
here about 5-6 years too late. Paldiski was pretty decrepit and as
much as I tried, I still couldn't find the entombed nuclear reactors, any
submarines or anything else hugely interesting military wise (except
ruined barracks, some bunkers and a very cool missile tower!).
Still, it was interesting to
see a whole town that originally contained 10,000 people basically
emptied. Today, only 2,500 people live there and it really resembles
some kind of ghost town.
Whole apartment blocks
empty, buildings in ruins, nature take back what was once hers.
Whole day turned into a bit
of an arty photo session. Check it out. Some photos are
good. Most ordinary but interesting none the less.
nearly empty apartment blocks in Paldiski
It's funny walking past
heaps of apartment blocks not unlike the one above and seeing them empty
or near empty - apart from a newish looking security screens and doors on
some of the ground floor flats.
More blocks. I only
saw one or two shops whilst I was wondering around. The whole town
was bleak and crumbling. There were people around but not
many. It was a Sunday but I could hardly imagine many more people
during a weekday.
This was a some kind of
bunker used for storing munitions. The roof had disappeared and you
you could see the floor plan. Where bombs and bullets once must have
been, a small flowering bush was growing. A strange contrast to what
was once stored inside. Unfortunately, I didn't take a
picture. The thought only occurred to me a mile down the road.
This huge complex was the
main submarine training centre. Huge in size and once obviously very modern, it was
abandoned and has been gutted by scrap metal dealers. There were plans to
use it for a police training facility but nothing came of the idea.
It's a shame to see what must have been a grand facility, go to waste.
From the side. The
place was surrounded by a fence and had [empty] guard towers along the perimeter.
I tried to get in via a whole in the fence but a mean looking security guy
shooed me away.
To Air Missile
Not completely sure but I
think this was some kind of same surface to air missile tower. The
guide book said something like that was around. Something was
mounted on the top.
Underneath the tower was a
whole series of underground tunnels and rooms. Unfortunately, I
didn't have a torch to go exploring and finding your way around by camera
flash was exactly the answer.
Surface To Air Missile Tower
Field of flowers on the walk
to the tower.
Tower up close. Tried
to climb up but the rusted old ladder was out of reach.
Observation port in
undergrowth beneath the tower.
Observation port from below.
Inside. Only noticed
the paintwork because of the camera flash. Due to lack of
torch I couldn't go further. Pity, because I like exploring stuff
and doing Tomb Raider type missions. Have now added a Maglite torch to
my standard set of daypack exploring equipment.
Tower from behind. The
tunnels underneath the tower extend all the way underneath the mound on
the right. The pipe on top of the mound was possibly an exhaust for a
Hidden among the trees just
off the road was another set of barracks protested by a couple of
bunkers/guard posts. Unfortunately, the photos didn't come out as
clearly as I would have liked.
Small bunker/guard post at
the entrance to the barracks or whatever else it was.
Back of bunker.
Graffitti on some kind of
Entrance to the
building. Note soviet star above entrance.
Remains of a guard tower.
Side view of entrance.
It's a pity the photo is so dark.
Buildings out the back.
Old light tower with an
observation post off to the left.
Light tower from another
I think this was some kind
of observation post for keeping an eye on things out to sea. Who
knows? Was pretty wrecked but had a bit of fun playing with the
Outside of shed on
top. Love the broken windows and grey peeling paint.
Not sure what the ceiling
was meant to be. Points of the compass?
Fascinated by the the
stairwell. Took lots of photos with the flash on and off.
Flash on. Looks like
something off a shipwreck.
Light through the doorway #1
Light through the doorway #2
Main road. Barracks
barely visible to the left.
Parade grounds now occupied
by cows. Weird.
Some kind of monument thing.
Close up of monument thing.
Transformer building by the
side of the track.
The shoreline. There was a
lot of old concrete amongst the undergrowth but know telling what
wrecked buildings and structures
Love this photo.
Wrecked telephone pole set against the blue sky.
Some old abandoned building
by the shore. No idea what it was for.
Well, you can tell I was
getting bored. Here's a picture of a drain. Again, I was
attracted by the decay and the water running through it. Strange but
Another wrecked building.
Wrecked buildings again
although the main building here was dug into the ground, reinforced and
could have been some kind of ammunition storage bunker. I was going
to go inside and have a look around but there was a a group of dodgy
looking Russian guys having a camp fire there so I moved on.
Wrecked concrete fence
post. Love this photo also.
Large perimeter fence
post. Didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. Too dark
in the foreground. I really need to learn more about photography.
Big crater. Looks like
the Somme. The guide book said a lot of the buildings and things
were dynamited when the Russians left and later by the government for safety
Guard post at entrance to
some facility. I have no idea what it was but this building had a bit
guards keep watch over the main gate and an office with a heap of wrecked communications