Decorated trams arrive for Entente Cordiale Review

Dockyard gate, 1905
Dockyard gate, 1905
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It’s 1905 – just a century after Trafalgar – and trams are pictured outside the Dockyard’s main gate on The Hard, Portsmouth, awaiting men from the French fleet.

The trams were decorated in honour of the auspicious occasion.

This visit, in August 1905, often referred to as the Entente Cordiale Review, came within a few weeks of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

The French fleet under Admiral Caillard comprised 12 vessels moored abreast of ships of the Royal Navy’s English Channel Fleet.

The fleets were reviewed by the Lords of the Admiralty aboard the Admiralty yacht Enchantress and by King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and the Prince and Princess of Wales aboard the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert.