Exposed after 77 years – the royal yacht

The Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert in the Solent.

The Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert in the Solent.

The Royal Naval Cemetery in Clayhall Road, Gosport

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Here we see one more of Rod Gudge’s 1937 photographs which he found on an old roll of film from 1937.

It is the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert and she is making her way to review the fleet.

jpns-20-08-14 rw yacht 2''The figurehead from H.M.Yacht Victoria & Albert 1899-1954 at HMS Nelson, Royal Naval Barracks in Queen Street, Portsmouth ENGPPP00120130123152547

jpns-20-08-14 rw yacht 2''The figurehead from H.M.Yacht Victoria & Albert 1899-1954 at HMS Nelson, Royal Naval Barracks in Queen Street, Portsmouth ENGPPP00120130123152547

The V&A was the royal yacht from 1901 until 1939 when she taken out of service.

During the war she was depot ship to HMS Vernon and broken up in 1954. Her figurehead can still be seen over the fence in the parade ground of HMS Nelson RN Barracks, Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth. She was saved from going to the breaker by Frank Panter who was told to retrieve anything from the ship before she was towed away.

Everything had been taken until Frank noticed the figurehead, which he rescued.

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