Do you know who drew this Dockyard cartoon?

The cartoon drawn in 1942

The cartoon drawn in 1942

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A man from Gosport is hoping to trace a former dockyard employee after producing a second edition of a book about the history of Portsmouth Dockyard workers.

A man from Gosport is hoping to trace a former dockyard employee after producing a second edition of a book about the history of Portsmouth Dockyard workers.

In 2014, Rob Clark released Keeping the Royal Navy Afloat - Life as a Dockyard Matey (1934-1974) based on his father-in-law’s 40 years of working in Portsmouth Dockyard.

Now, the 74-year-old has self-published a second enlarged edition of the book, which contains additional pictures and information.

One particular feature is a cartoon picture drawn in 1942 and Mr Clark is hoping to trace the artist of it who worked alongside his father-in-law Bill at the dockyard.

Mr Clark said: ‘I came across the cartoon after I had produced the first book and it really interested me.

‘It shows three characters believed to represent the Charge-man, Inspector and Foreman who were in charge of the plumber workmates during the war.

‘There is a signature at the bottom which I believe reads ‘C McDermott’ and ‘App Plumber HMD about 1942.’

‘So, I think it was drawn by an apprentice plumber who was working with Bill in 1942.

‘I have the original drawing and I wondered if there may be family in the area who might perhaps recognise the name and person.’

Mr Clark was inspired to write the book after receiving a notebook from his father-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Coe detailing his experiences of working as a plumber at Portsmouth Royal Dockyard from 1934 to 1974.

He said: ‘The first book proved of interest to local people which was great as it details an important part of our local history.

‘I hope this second edition will provide more information and help retain such important social history for future generations about what life was like working in the Dockyard.’

Anyone with information about the artist of the cartoon should contact Rob Clark on robnjoyclark@ icloud.co.uk.

Keeping the Royal Navy Afloat - Life as a Dockyard Matey (1934-1974) is available in Nauticalia and the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth Dockyard, the Tourist lnformation Shop on Gosport Hard, the Discovery Centre in Gosport Library, Elson Library in Gosport and The Bookshop, Lee-on-the-Solent.

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