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I was cruising around on my bike looking for interesting things to photograph and I eventually arrived at Ramsgate Harbour where the very heavy iron object shown below caught my eye. It stands outside the maritime museum and is unlabelled. As I was photographing it I recalled that several years ago a local fisherman had informed me of its peculiar purpose.
Anyone like to have a guess what its purpose was?
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A porta-john for someone who has just finished a huge Tex Mex dinner of burritos, guacamole, and refried beans?

A crypt being prepared for ... someone ... who should be in it but just keeps going?

A prop from Melies' 1902 movie "A Trip to the Moon"?

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I first thought that it was a prototype public toilet with a hand pump flush contraption outside

but then again is it an air raid shelter from WWII ?


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Lannis and salty dog -amusing but both wrong


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A diving bell - being at a maritime museum - but no idea what it was used for.
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Sorry Al, still wrong - solution to be posted later


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My first guess was covered by Al- a decompression chamber aka diving bell...
so there goes that! No idea.


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Definitely doesn't look waterproof based on the welds near the top and the door, so I'd guess it's some sort of 'elevator' to deliver a diver in full dive gear from a ship to the seafloor.

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Oooh I know !! :bigt ... It's a Burlen "Still Air Chamber" ..

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I still don't know what it is but it's starting to make me claustrophobic. I must look away.


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Originally Posted by JubeePrince
Definitely doesn't look waterproof based on the welds near the top and the door, so I'd guess it's some sort of 'elevator' to deliver a diver in full dive gear from a ship to the seafloor.

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I thought about that after you said it, but why would a fully-equipped diver want to be trapped in a thing like that on the way down to his dive? That door seal and latch would be halfway between leaking water and sealing ... ? It might as well be open.

Can't imagine what it really is .... Unless it's something like an Anderson shelter for someone who is NOT claustrophobic? I'd almost rather take my chances with a Nazi bomb than have to be inside that thing ....

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Shower enclosure AKA "rain locker?"

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My guess would be an early OSS or MI6 version of this.....

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It's a guided warhead for the missile that was going to be used in Saddam Hussein's "supergun".

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A type of "breeches buoy" (if that's the correct term) for transferring people or whatever from ship to ship, while at sea?
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Seating for two.....a wartime confessional booth.....

Or.....the cone of silence!


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Well,
As I see there are two sort of shelves/seats in there, perhaps an early version of the Squatty Potty, and bullet-proof at that. Or, if there is an opening on the side we can't see it could be a port or starboard running light housing from one of the last era of windjammers in the grain or guano trade.
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Is it a wreck shelter?

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That's an easy one, it's a one man air raid shelter.

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frown Doh ! ... And my next guess was going to be a 'Safe House' for Japanese bike riders smile

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