On June 1st 1955 the Naval Underwater Systems Centre: Tudor Hill Laboratory based in Bermuda opened. This was the offical name for a secret facility and bunk designed to listen for Soviet submarines. There isn’t much information about the facility when it was in operation because of the top secret intelligence work taking place. During the Cold War, the threat of close range nuclear attacks on Washington DC by using submarines was a real threat. Bermuda was in an ideal location to track Soviet Union submarines enroute to Cuba or the American East Coast.
During its operation, facility the was closed to the public because it was a secret anti-submarine surveillance station. Today, the original bunker is still sealed shut by a welded bracket. You will see in the video that I was unable to open it. From its opening in 1955 until decommissioning in 1995, it was the oldest continuously operating U.S. station in Bermuda. The facility employed 15 officers, 155 enlisted personnel, 2 foreign national civilians, and 1 resident contractor.
According to one source, there was some hope the base would be adapted to scientific purposes for monitoring whales but this never happened. The facility closed in 1995 but some secret equipment may have been left behind… but I was unable to get into the bunker.
Below I have shared some edits I really like. I have also decided to share some unedited but still interesting shots for people who are into this kind of thing. Hope you enjoy!
Ocean view inside the facility
An abandoned bus used to service the Southampton Princess Hotel.
The Bunker Battery still sealed.
The bunker door was welded closed with a bracket. You could look inside but I wasn’t able to see very much. It looks like the roof is also collapsing.