Passionate about Portsmouth's history? Bob needs your help...
On Thursday, September 13, I published a photograph of minesweepers tied up in HMS Vernon and suggested they were ton-class ships.
Thanks to more informed readers dropping me a line, I now have more information about the photograph, above.Â
Mike Nolan statesÂ eight of the ships were definitely ton-class minesweepers. Four together on the right with a tank cleaner which isÂ named either Bern or Lundy on the outside.Â
Of the two at the pier head, the inside one is not English but possibly a European country.Â
Andrew Knight tells me most of the ships shown are ton-class minesweepers but in theÂ background M906 is the Belgian sweeper Bredel of the ex US agile-class.
The ship outboard of her appears to have a slightly different bridge arrangement to the ton-class ships and may be also another visiting NATO ship.
France, Netherlands and Belgium all had minesweepers thatÂ were either ex Royal NavyÂ or a design based on the ton-class, sirius-class for the French, or dorkum-class for the Dutch.
It may be that all theÂ ships may be taking part in joint exercises.
Incidentally the sweeper in the foreground is probably HMSÂ Coniston as she was completed with an open bridge and a lattice mast.
The other tonsÂ all seem to have closedÂ bridges and tripod masts. She was launched in 1952 and broken up in 1970.
I am sure I have mentioned theÂ pillarsÂ in a column some 10 or so years ago but I have forgotten the answer.
Janice Croad, of Waterlooville, tells me they are located adjacent to Portfield Road, Hilsea and would love to have more information on them.
I am expecting a few replies to this one.
TheÂ photographÂ of well dressed ladiesÂ was sent in by Mrs Rulf of Copnor.
She found it among the possessions of her aunt, Laurel Bishop.
I know it is some time ago but does anyone have the faintest idea what the occasion was?
I have a feeling it is of wedding party guests.
There is a chance the lady with the large hat, fourth from the left middle row, and the gentleman next to her may be the bride and groom.
Perhaps an informal wedding without a white dress. OrÂ she might have been a First World War widow and has remarried. Any further suggestions are welcome.
Regular correspondent Richard Boryer sent in a photograph taken with his late father's camera. It was on a glass plate negative which he managed to lift.
Centre far left is his father Dennis. Richard asks if anyone can recognise themselves and can tell what ship these sailors were serving on.Â