The bare necessities of life arrive in Portsmouth

The giant Fraser & White coal yard overlooking The Camber, 1959
The giant Fraser & White coal yard overlooking The Camber, 1959
Nelson's column at Portsdown Hill

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We head for all things maritime today and a look at the commercial side of the shipping industry in Portsmouth, courtesy of Helen Mabel Smith.

Our water-borne journey ends with a touch of regal splendour in Portsmouth Harbour via a crossing of Langstone Harbour which, at present, is no longer possible.

What looks like boxes of fruit or veg are hoisted on to dry land at The Camber in 1959

What looks like boxes of fruit or veg are hoisted on to dry land at The Camber in 1959

From The Camber and Flathouse Quay we sail for the Hayling Ferry pontoon before getting a glimpse of two radically different giants from naval history – an Admiralty floating dock and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

These are further pictures from Helen’s collection.

She lived from 1906 to 1990 and was headteacher at Paulsgrove East Infant School.

She taught in the city for 40 years and had also been head of Albert Road Junior School, Cosham.

The pontoon for the Hayling Ferry, 1958

The pontoon for the Hayling Ferry, 1958

Stacks of timber piled high at Flathouse Quay, 1958. In the background is the Royal Yacht Britannia at Whale Island.

Stacks of timber piled high at Flathouse Quay, 1958. In the background is the Royal Yacht Britannia at Whale Island.

The Admiralty Floating Dock on the Gosport side of the harbour with the Royal Yacht Britannia across the water at Whale Island

The Admiralty Floating Dock on the Gosport side of the harbour with the Royal Yacht Britannia across the water at Whale Island