A superb bathing platform

The landing stage at Southsea in 1938
The landing stage at Southsea in 1938
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The landing stage at Southsea was not only the place to board one of the many pleasure craft which carried sightseers around the harbour to view the warships, but it also made a superb bathing platform.

This scene of fun in the somewhat watery sun was captured in 1938.