NOSTALGIA: The mightyÂ Royal Navy dwarfing Old Portsmouth
These two photographs are real locations of course but the view of HMS Queen Elizabeth passing the Square Tower and Hot Walls is a superimposed shot put together by Paul Costen of Waterlooville.
HMS Nelson was a battleship and there were two in the class '“ the other wasÂ Rodney. TheyÂ were designed after the Washington NavalÂ Treaty of 1922 which limited the firepowerÂ of the world's naval ships.
All 16-inchÂ guns were placed forward of the bridge in three barbettes. There was a plan for them to have 18-inchÂ guns but the treaty bannedÂ it. Nelson was commissioned in 1927. Although a bigÂ ship '“Â Â 710ft longÂ with a beam of 106ft '“Â aircraft carriers were larger although weighed less.
Here she's entering Portsmouth Harbour. There'sÂ a tram in Broad StreetÂ so this dates it toÂ before November 1936.Â Both Nelson and Rodney were sent for scrap in 1948 and 1949.
The '˜today' picture showsÂ a superimposed Queen Elizabeth in the same positionÂ in 2017. She is 222ft longer then Nelson with a 134ft beam. The battleshipsÂ were only in service for about 20Â years.Â QE is expected to last at least 30.
'¢An evocative scene at the Camber,Â Old Portsmouth, from before the Second World War.
The photographer is standing outside a warehouse on Town Quay. In the background is a collier which has brought coal for the power station which is out of shot on the right.
Behind the ship are the buildings of HMS Vernon. All the cranes behind the ship were set in rails to travel alongside theÂ colliers that unloaded at this point.
A steam vessel, possibly Â a fishing boat, is making her way out of the inner Camber to the outer Camber and then into the harbour and out to sea. The boat is Nyassa and registered at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Any information at all, please?