Days when you really did get to see the world

The ship's company joining HMS Suffolk at  Pitch House Jetty in Portsmouth Dockyard and, below, chiefs and petty officers pose with the captain of HMS Suffolk.
The ship's company joining HMS Suffolk at Pitch House Jetty in Portsmouth Dockyard and, below, chiefs and petty officers pose with the captain of HMS Suffolk.
Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet

Popped in, Souled Out and going strong 30 years on

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Remember the recruiting phrase: ‘Join the navy and see the world’?

That was in the days when we had an empire and sailors did indeed see the whole wide world.

Somewhere in the Far East we see chiefs and petty officers  of the engine room posing with the ship's officer PPP-141215-121842001

Somewhere in the Far East we see chiefs and petty officers of the engine room posing with the ship's officer PPP-141215-121842001

On June 1, 1928, the Portsmouth-built heavy cruiser HMS Suffolk left the Dockyard for a visit to places of which most men had never heard.

The itinerary would include Singapore which would fall to the Japanese some years later and also Nagasaki which would end the Second World War.

In 1941 Suffolk was in on the chase for the German battleship Bismarck.

All of that was in the future of course and the company was no doubt looking forward to a memorable cruise.

One of those was Chief ERA Frederick Comlay, the grandfather of Neil Comlay of Drayton, Portsmouth.

The countries and cities visited were: Malta, Port Said, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Wei-Hai-Wei, Chefoo, Shanhai-Kwan, Dairen, Nagasaki, Beppu, Shanghai, Tokyo and Peking.