Saved from the wheelie – 120-year-old navy photos taken in Portsmouth

HMS St Vincent in Portsmouth Harbour about 1896. Boy sailors manning theyards to mark the Queen (Victoria) passing. With about 70 lads aloft displaying a head for heights.
HMS St Vincent in Portsmouth Harbour about 1896. Boy sailors manning theyards to mark the Queen (Victoria) passing. With about 70 lads aloft displaying a head for heights.
The new trackbed for the Horndean Light Railway looking south across the bridge over Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, about 1903.

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Many of you will remember Ron Brown, formerly of this parish.

His neighbour Peter Harvey recently cleared a late relative’s belongings in Oxford and came across two years’ of roughly-bound magazines called Naval and Military from 1895 and 1896.

St Vincent boys enjoying singestick practice on deck about 1895 PPP-140917-164125001

St Vincent boys enjoying singestick practice on deck about 1895 PPP-140917-164125001

He brought them home to Stubbington and after deciding not to throw them into his wheelie bin passed them to Ron who has donated them to Gosport’s Discovery Centre.

Ron says: ‘They were delighted, having seen nothing like it before, especially these old pictures of HMS St Vincent.’

But before he handed over the magazines, Ron, old nostalgia pro that he is, thought of me and managed to copy some of the more interesting and relevant pictures from the magazines.

So, today and tomorrow I’m devoting Remember When to some delightful naval photographs taken nearly 120 years ago.