Iam not sure how old this photograph is but as can just about be seen, it is the Foudroyant on the stocks in dry dock in Portsmouth dockyard.
Her hull has been scraped and polished for more years’ service.
She was launched in 1817 and while anchored in Portsmouth Harbour she was the oldest ship afloat.
She is now in Hartlepool, beautifully restored as a museum ship and looking like she was only recently commissioned. She now goes by her proper name HMS Trincomalee.
Is there anyone still about who worked on her and can date this photograph?
In the picture at the foot of the page we see a train passing Cosham signal box. The engine is a light Pacific and is pulling a train from the west country.
It is either a West Country or Battle of Britain class, but it’s impossible to make out the number to confirm. The railway cottages to the left of the signal box have been demolished, as has the box.