19 stunning photos of sailors and ships that helped create Portsmouth naval history

Here is our latest collection of archive images charting the history of Portsmouth.

Thursday, 17th October 2019, 1:35 pm
At sea

These pictures, courtesy of Getty, all have the theme ‘at sea’.

Circa 1939: An instructor signals through a porthole to a seaman at the bottom of a 15 foot tank, during submarine crew training at the DSEA Instructional Centre at Portsmouth. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
16th August 1944: An advance party of WRNS on the quayside at Portsmouth bound for France. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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Actors Gregory Peck (left) as 'Captain Hornblower' and Robert Beatty as Bush pictured aboard the HMS Victory during the filming of 'Hornblower', Portsmouth, England, 1951. (Photo by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
1935: Actors John Mills, Betty Balfour (1903-1978) and Jimmy Hanley (1918-1970) take a break from filming 'Forever England' (aka 'Brown On Resolution', aka 'Born for Glory') on location in Portsmouth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ratings of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), London and Sussex Divisions, enjoy the sunshine on board the HMS Curacoa during a trip from Portsmouth to Plymouth and Torbay, 29th March 1937. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
22nd January 1934: Able seamen at the Royal Navy Anti-Gas School at Tipner, Portsmouth play leapfrog wearing gas masks, to accustom them to carrying out strenuous tasks in respirators. (Photo by William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
20th August 1936: Sea Cadets receiving instruction in boat drill on board the training ship 'Foudroyant' in Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
20th August 1936: Sea Cadets on board the training ship HMS Implacable at Portsmouth harbour, amuse themselves by playing some tunes. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
A group of children looking for coppers thrown down by holidaymakers, in the mud at low tide, Southsea, Portsmouth, 14th July 1935. (Photo by E. Phillips/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
20th August 1936: Sea Cadets learning how to tie knots on board the training ship 'Implacable' in Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
20th August 1936: British sea cadets on board the training ship 'Foudroyant' in Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
July 1934: Mrs T Sopwith bids goodbye to the Captain of her America's Cup challenger yacht, 'Endeavour' whilst her husband, Thomas Sopwith (1888-1989) climbs in to their landing craft as the yacht leaves Portsmouth for New York. (Photo by Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
8th July 1912: The Fleet at Portsmouth ship the aircraft T2 on a lighter. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
24th August 1937: Sea Ranger girls of the Girl Guides Association training at Portsmouth. (Photo by A. Hudson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
23rd May 1970: Six Sea Cadets stand atop the Polaris submarine HMS Resolution while it docks in Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
20th August 1936: Sea Cadets being soaked on board the training ship 'Implacable' in Portsmouth harbour. (Photo by E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
November 1938: People watching the huge seas breaking over Portsmouth Harbour. (Photo by David Savill/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
8th July 1912: The Fleet at Portsmouth ship the biplane T2 on a lighter. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
24th August 1937: Sea Ranger girls of the Girl Guides Association training at Portsmouth. (Photo by A. Hudson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)