Triple ceremony

The keel plate is laid for the new Portsmouth mining school tender Nightingale in September 1930
The keel plate is laid for the new Portsmouth mining school tender Nightingale in September 1930
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The wife of Captain HD Bridges of HMS Vernon lays the keel plate for Nightingale, the new mining school tender, on September 12, 1930.

This was part of a triple ceremony in Portsmouth dockyard in which keel plates were also laid for the destroyers Crusader and Comet.

Lady Keyes, the wife of the commander-in-chief, Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, laid the Crusader keel, while Mrs Donaldson, the wife of Vice Admiral LAB Donaldson, did the honours for Comet.