The men who built one of the navy's most famous warships '“Â Nostalgia
The photograph of the artists who exhibited at the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth, thatÂ I published on Thursday, December 22, was recognised by Steve Pook who tells me one of the men was his grandfather.
He says: 'Victor Pook (farthest on the right next to the window) was an artist on the Hot Walls for many years.
'˜Vic, as he was known, lived at 14 Hartley Road North End, Portsmouth,Â for as long as I can remember with my grandmother Mabel Pook.
'˜They had threeÂ boys Victor Pook, Robert Pook and Reginald Pook andÂ RobertÂ was my father. Â An artistic family association indeed.
'¢Â It is always a delight to see the Queen when she visits Portsmouth.
Here she is at the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review in 1977 where, with her smile as radiant as ever, she is meetingÂ the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor George Austin. In the backgroundÂ is the royal yachtÂ Britannia.
'¢Â Back in 1934 His Royal Highness the Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, toured Australia on a royal visit.
He was representing King George V at the centenaryÂ celebrations of Victoria.
He also unveiled and dedicated Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance and the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney. The duke also visited many otherÂ states, cities and towns.
The duke leftÂ Australia on December 10, 1934, in HMAS Australia visiting New Zealand, Fiji, PanamaÂ andÂ JamaicaÂ before arriving back in Portsmouth on March 28, 1935.
HMAS Australia had an illustrious career.
During the war it is believedÂ that she was the first allied ship to be hit by a suicideÂ kamikaze aircraft in which her commander Captain Dechaineux and 29 of her company were killed. She was decommissioned in 1954 after sailing nearly half-a-million miles.
'¢Â Named after the first Duke of Wellington, HMS Iron Duke was laid down in Portsmouth Dockyard on January 12, 1912, and launched nine months later to the day on October 12. She was commissioned into the Home Fleet on March 1914 as the fleet flagship.Â She took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. She was sent to scrap in 1946.
If you are of Portsmouth heritageÂ one of your ancestorsÂ might have worked in the dockyard and might possibly be in the photograph which was captionedÂ '˜Iron Dukers' by famed Southsea photographer StephenÂ Cribb.
I wonder what the thoughts might have been ofÂ some young apprentice,Â proud to have worked on the ship's construction, on seeingÂ her go for breaking up 30Â years later.