Thanks to Percy Hook a lot of photographs and postcards with a nautical flavour have found their way into the archive. They have their own interest...
HMS Fisgard was a shore-based training facility for naval engineers and artificers based in Portsmouth. It was housed in an ever-changing array of old hulks. We have several Fisgard related items in the collection. Here are two of them.
I think I've spotted a young Percy in the second one, right at the back, just to the left of the bus. He and his messmates are celebrating Trafalgar Day 1922
This next one has a certain historical interest.
On the back Percy has written, "The prisoners of war on board HMS Wild Swan". Wild Swan was a modified W-Class destroyer, built at the end of the Great War- and known to her crew as The Infuriated Chicken. She was dispatched East in 1926 to protect British interests during the Chinese Civil War and the picture must relate to one of several incidents that took place over the next two or three years. The prisoners of war are members of Chang Kai Shek's Nationalist army.
There are homes that are legacy homes -- meaning that someone who was of importance like a doctor (our home) or lawyers, stuff like that. There is a plaque in a place where people like me who wants to research you know?
I should go for a walk in the spring and show you some of the plaques. =)
Wikipedia also has an article containing much the same information.
My best guess is the ship we're talking about is the former HMS Hindostan- ordered in 1819 and launched in 1841. All the other ships that briefly served as Fisgard I, 2, 3 or 4. were Victorian ironclads.
They're almost entirely snaps of people at the seaside. My family are all working class and so only had photos at weddings, christenings and on holiday. I do need to start working through them though and scanning the most interesting ones.