Spithead review pictures found on 77-year-old film in camera

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Imagine, if you will, obtaining a 77-year-old camera complete with film (remember them?) and taking pictures with it.

You prise out the film, take it to be processed and discover the prints which come back match the era of the camera.

The former Kil patrol ship tied up at the Camber, Old Portsmouth.

The former Kil patrol ship tied up at the Camber, Old Portsmouth.

That is what it must have been like for Rod Gudge, of Hayling Island, after he bought three cameras at auction.

One was a Kodak Pocket No1.

Rod inspected it and when he opened up the back found a full reel of exposed film.

Naturally, he assumed it would have been well past its sell-by date.

HMS Barham possibly? PPP-140819-103330001

HMS Barham possibly? PPP-140819-103330001

But, just in case, he had the film developed.

And to his amazement that roll of film contained photographs of the 1937 Fleet Review at Spithead.

Rod had joined the Royal Navy in 1961 so all the vessels were like time machines.

There were battleships, cruisers, an aircraft carrier and destroyers of the period, all of which had gone for razor blades by the time Rod joined.

Rod would very much like your assistance in naming some of the ships.

I can put a name to a few, but the rest would be guess work.

Today and tomorrow I will be putting in five ships and perhaps a few more in weeks to come.

Please have a look and see what you think and get in touch if you can identify them.