A tot to celebrate rounding a headland

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From: "'Alan Marsh' via Pictures@thenews.co.uk" <pictures@thenews.co.uk>
Date: 29 Dec 2016 02:23
Subject: Heritage PPP-170401-144017001
rw heritage from alan marsh pix From: "'Alan Marsh' via Pictures@thenews.co.uk" <pictures@thenews.co.uk> Date: 29 Dec 2016 02:23 Subject: Heritage PPP-170401-144017001
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

NOSTALGIA: A red bluestocking at Portsmouth Grammar School

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I originally published this picture last year. It shows a yacht, the MV Jane, washed ashore at Eastney and my original correspondent said it was owned by a Dutchman named Jan.

Now another reader, Robin Fielder, has just stumbled across it on portsmouth.co.uk and writes: ‘I knew the owner Jan Loken (Uncle Jan) and his wife Elsie well.

‘My father Bert Fielder, who was a boatbuilder and marine engineer by trade, carried out extensive repairs when she was finally re-floated on a spring tide.

‘Jan could not pay dad as he had not been able to earn for some months, but they became firm friends.’

Robin continues: ’I worked with Jan during a summer holiday when I was about 14 and lived with Jan and Elsie in their little terraced house near the Camber dock.

‘Jan would celebrate rounding a headland with a tot (large for him, small for me) and a few times I took the Jane into Portsmouth Harbour while Jan “rested” in the fore-peak cabin.

‘Jan did not speak a word of English although Elsie was a local girl he met while serving in the Royal Dutch Navy during the war. He hated Germans to an extreme and once got into trouble for refusing to pull a German family off Bembridge Ledge when they went aground.’

Robin is semi-retired now and has his own yacht which he sails out of Chichester Harbour.

He adds: ‘I often think of Jan and the Jane as I sail past Portsmouth.

‘How do people find their way in without the power station chimneys to line up?’