When Royal Navy's reserve shipsÂ in Portsmouth harbour numbered more thanÂ today's entire fleetÂ '“Â Nostalgia
There was a time, well withinÂ living memory, when theÂ Royal Navy's reserve fleetÂ was larger than the modern active fleet. Â
This aerial picture, sent to me by former Petty Officer David Jacobs, showÂ just part of the reserve fleet in 1957. The ships are located between Whale Island and Fountain Lake Jetty.
At the top of the photo isÂ the floating dock and to the right of that can be seen a further five ships.
In view are Battle and Daring-class destroyers and minesweepers. To the left is a Colony-class cruiser and a Town-class cruiser which I think is HMS Liverpool.Â
Bottom left is the parade ground of HMS Excellent.
'¢Although this photograph of Fratton Goods Yard dates from 1973 it would have looked the same just 25 years ago.
The goods yard moved to Fratton from the cityÂ centre opposite the Guildhall, where the civic offices areÂ todayÂ in 1935.
There had been a plan to scrap both the Town and Fratton stations and build a new oneÂ along Canal Walk, but it didn't happen andÂ we still have three mainline stations plus Hilsea on Portsea Island.
In thisÂ photograph from Chris Brunnen's bookÂ Portsmouth '“ An Ariel View Through TimeÂ we see the yard in 1973. On the left are the carriage sheds and to theirÂ right the former roundhouse where the Fratton allocation of steam engines were stabled around a turntable. The patched roof of the rectangular building was theÂ goods shed. To the left of that wasÂ land allocated to railwaymen as allotments. Between the two are 10Â sidingsÂ for goods wagons and carriages.
The modern picture was taken last year and shows Fratton Way runningÂ through the site from Goldsmith Avenue to Milton Road. The carriage sheds are still thereÂ but the site of the former roundhouse is now a car park.Â The oldÂ goods shed with the 10Â sidings alongside is now Tesco.
Fratton Park is in the same placeÂ but looking at all the space that was left vacant don't you think a new Fratton Park could have been built on the site and the TescoÂ and other outlets built on Fratton Park?.
Chris's book is available from New To You Bookshop, High Street, Cosham.