Falklands war heroine returns home but facesÂ ingloriousÂ end '“Â Nostalgia
Seen passing South Railway Jetty at the entrance to Portsmouth HarbourÂ is HMS Glamorgan. She was arriving home fromÂ the Falklands war in 1982.Â
Glamorgan, a County-class destroyer had been on exerciseÂ off Gibraltar and was sent to the Falklands as flagship to Admiral Sandy Woodward until he transferred his flag to the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes.
Near the end of theÂ campaign, on Saturday, June 12, 1982, and two days before the Argentine surrender, Â Glamorgan was hit on the port side by an Exocet missile. The result was the loss of 14 of Glamorgan's sailors. SheÂ arrived home in Portsmouth on July 10, 1982 Â after continuous sea time of 104 days.
In the foreground is the United States destroyer Charles Adams on a visit to the UK. Her company areÂ saluting Glamorgan.
SheÂ had an inglorious end. She was sold to Chile in 1986 and renamed Alimirante Latorre. Decommissioned in 1998,Â GlamorganÂ sank in the PacificÂ Ocean on April 11, 2005, while under tow to be broken up.
'¢Â When I first saw theÂ photograph on the right I immediately thought of the late Deanna Durban film Three Smart Girls.
It was sent in by Mike Spencer and the young girl onÂ the left, Hilda, would become his mother.
The next three womenÂ are her sisters Olive, Ivy and Violet. Â Their mother Emily is on the right.
Mike tells me the location is in Ferry Gardens, Gosport, aboutÂ 1938.
'¢Â Last week I published a picture takenÂ from the deck of the training ship Foudroyant moored in Portsmouth Harbour.Â In the distance was a ship lookingÂ like an aircraft carrier which, I was informed by Andy August, was HMS Centaur. Not so saysÂ Deryck Swetnam who reckons it was the battleship HMS Vanguard.
I enlarged the photograph and although blurred it does indeed appear to be Vanguard outboard of or passing an aircraft carrier.
'¢ Last week I published a photograph taken from Bradford Road looking towards Victoria Road North in the hope it would be Victoria Crescent.
It was not, but the photograph did show a good view of the former home and surgery in Victoria Road North of Portsmouth saviour during the blitz of the Second World War,Â Dr Una Mulvaney.Â
Born in Portsmouth she attended Durham University and returned to the city to practice. A block of flats, Mulvaney Court,Â has been named after her in Fratton. She later moved to Montgomerie Road
The house was later the home to solicitors Vernon Stokes who later became the chairman of Portsmouth Football Club.