Buoys will be buoys,Â especially when they'reÂ covered inÂ guano '“Â Nostalgia
Here we see young sailors under instruction at what the original caption says is HMS Vernon in Portsmouth. What it does not make clear, however, is whether the Vernon referred to was the hulk in the harbour or the then new barracks at Gunwharf.Â Wherever it was, the lads all seem happy enough?
'¢My diagram of the jetties along the West Wall of the dockyard earlier this weekÂ brought a response from Mike Nolan, a former rigger in the yard.
Mike says Buoy Wharf was nicknamed Bird Lime Point by dockyardmen as itÂ was whereÂ buoys were brought in forÂ maintenance. They were always covered in seagull muck and it was difficultÂ to get them clean. The guano left the jetty in an utterÂ mess.
Guano is a highly effectiveÂ fertiliser because of itsÂ high nitrogen content. I wonder what the dockyard police would have said if anyone was caught carrying a sackful of bird muck out of the gate?
'¢ One of the oldest surviving pubs in the Havant/ Leigh Park area is the former Rover Inn onÂ Petersfield Road. It is nowÂ The Heron,Â part of theÂ Hungry Horse stable.
It was built in the 1950s to cater forÂ the burgeoning northern Leigh Park estate. It was originally at the crossroads of Petersfield Road, Stockheath Road and West Leigh Road. West Leigh Road later becameÂ Bartons Road and was closed off from the main road in 1971. HereÂ are the saloon and lounge bars of the pub some years after it opened.Â
'¢Â It never ceases to amaze how one photoÂ of a distantÂ shipÂ can cause so much interest. The ship in the photograph taken from the deck of Fouydroyant was thought to be HMS Centaur but, as Wednesday's photo showed, it was battleship HMS Vanguard.
Naval author Richard Johnstone-Bryden, who lives in Norwich and reads thisÂ column online, e-mailed. HeÂ wrote The Royal Yacht Britannia '“ The Official History.
He says: 'The ship in the distance is indeedÂ Vanguard. If you look closely the ship berthed ahead is HM Yacht Britannia. Vanguard and Victory are both dressed overall which potentially means this photo was taken on April 14, 1954, on the yacht's first day of royal duty when she embarked a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne to be reunited with their parents in the Mediterranean during the final leg of their Commonwealth tourÂ primarily undertaken in the temporary royal yacht SS Gothic.
'˜Looking at other photos of this occasion, Vanguard and Britannia were berthed in the same positions and the ships in the dockyard were dressed overall in honour of the royal party's arrival which included Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.'
'¢Â The Shipwrights pub, fire and police stations in Fratton Road, all buildings of character now long gone.
The police station had quarters above for unmarried constables. It was replaced in 1965 when Kingston Crescent station was opened.
On the right was the Portsmouth Dockyard Impartial Coal Society Ltd. WasÂ this a club of some kind?
TheÂ Shipwrights had many name changes in its life. It became the Museum Gardens, the Ship and Frigate and the Contented Pig. ItÂ was demolished in 2015 and flatsÂ built on the site. The fire station was demolished many years ago and is now the location of a school.
Thanks to the Lost Pubs of Portsmouth website.