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Old Portsmouth
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Portsmouth harbour

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Old Portsmouth a view from the 1930s

Old Portsmouth a view from the 1930s
View over Old Portsmouth and the dockyard from the Solent 1930s

One of the old Southern Railway paddle steamers serving the Isle of Wight inbound to Portsmouth, possibly to the dock at Clarence Pier.

The church tower, behind the YMCA roof, is the location of Saint Thomas Portsea, what is now Portsmouth Cathedral, my paternal great grandparents were married there on 25th September 1867, as were my 2nd great grandparents on 23rd May 1842.

This vessel may be either PS Southsea or PS Whippingham - still searching for confirmatory images (2021 update)

SV1XV, Ernest CH, Annemarie, ©UdoSm and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters club
That's a great view.
7 years ago.
Roger Dodger club
has replied to Phil Sutters club
Thanks; not sure from what high viewpoint it was taken, somewhere in vicinity of Whale Island I guess.
7 years ago. Edited 7 years ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to Roger Dodger club
It seems too high for even the traditional RN shore establishment masthead. So it would have to have been from a plane.
7 years ago.
Roger Dodger club
has replied to Phil Sutters club
I am (was) guessing that this is the same PS (no it isn't it looks like an earlier paddle steamer, (possibly Southsea?) - updated Sept 2016) as in the other image and know that, that one was recorded as taken from the Gosport ferry. I concur regarding the likely height from which this image would need to have been taken, I don't know that my uncle was in the navy at the time, but he certainly was not long after. He and his friends were often messing around in boats in the harbour area during the 1930s. I checked my copy of the original image to see if it was a postcard from the time, but not conclusive. Might have been taken from a dockyard crane, he was in the submarine service early on in his Naval career.
7 years ago. Edited 5 years ago.
SV1XV club
has replied to Phil Sutters club
Yes, I also believe that this is an oblique aerial photograph.
6 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Lovely nostalgic city view Roger.
Stay safe and healthy.
17 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Fasciniating shots and notes / comments!
17 months ago.
©UdoSm club
Once upon a time...
17 months ago.
Annemarie club
Have a beautiful day:)
17 months ago.

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