Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Naval Affairs

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.

Here's "The Infuriated Chicken in Chinese waters"



And here's Percy sitting on a gun.

Subscribe

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • In The Valley Of Elah

    Now that the nights are drawing in I want to be watching movies in the evening. I scroll through the lists of movies that Amazon Prime makes…

  • A Moment Of High Drama

    My mother is going upstairs in her stair lift and the cat is going downstairs. They meet in the middle. "Stop," I yell to Ailz who has…

  • The Cottages At Cuckmere Haven

    Showing the Coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven from the other side- and how close they now are to a cliff edge that is steadily eroding.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 14 comments

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • In The Valley Of Elah

    Now that the nights are drawing in I want to be watching movies in the evening. I scroll through the lists of movies that Amazon Prime makes…

  • A Moment Of High Drama

    My mother is going upstairs in her stair lift and the cat is going downstairs. They meet in the middle. "Stop," I yell to Ailz who has…

  • The Cottages At Cuckmere Haven

    Showing the Coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven from the other side- and how close they now are to a cliff edge that is steadily eroding.