This is a picture taken of the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad, whilst stood outside my hotel. You can see in the distance the vessels that make up the maritime museum, which I visited. The vessel in the middle is a Foxtrot class submarine.
I clambered aboard and with just a few tourists it felt cramped, so I can’t imagine what it must have been like with 300 submariners aboard.
Kaliningrad itself is an interesting place. It is part of Russia yet totally apart from the rest of the country, being bordered by Poland and Lithuania. It is home to Russia’s Baltic fleet in a similar way to their Black Sea fleet being based at Sevastopol in Crimea, which they have now of course annexed.
The Kaliningrad coastline is also the place where a staggering 90% of the world’s amber comes from.
You will be able to read more about my visit there in my forthcoming book.