Royal Naval vessels

in

Plymouth Sound

in World War II

Most in rarely photographed wartime camouflage.

another Steve Johnson Cyberheritage "content over style" page bringing Plymouth's hidden and forgotten history to your home.

These original photos have been culled from a variety of sources and other collectors after many diligent hours of research, mostly finding nothing! Many were made from the original cellulose negative or glass plate on the floor of my bathroom! Tip, always look inside old boxes at car boot sales and junk shops.....several of these came this way. Can you imagine how I felt when I found these! Be careful if you try and clean old negatives and plates, always make one good print before hand, just in case you wreck the original...like I have done once or twice!!


Most of these photographs were taken in Plymouth Sound in the early 1940`s during World War II, in the background you can see Barrage Balloons, anti-submarine boom, Drakes Island and THE WALL at Staddon Heights. You can also see how even the smallest of vessels carried some degree of armament. Also of interest is that in a lot of the photos the guns are skywards, was this maintenance or anti-aircraft cover? These images are about 50k on average in order to give them the high quality detail they deserve.


Click on the ship`s name to see the photo:

HMS ADRIAS 1942

HMS ADRIAS 1943

HMS ALBANY 1942

HMS ALBRIGHTON 1943

HMS ANSON 1945

HMS ARGONAUT 1943

HMS ASSISTANCE 1940

HMS ASSISTANCE 1945

HMS ATHERSTONE 1940

HMS BARFLEUR 1945

HMS BARFLEUR...different 1945

HMS BARFOOT 1943

HMS BARHILL 1943

HMS BERMUDA 1943

HMS BLACK PRINCE 1944

HMS BRECON 1940

HMS BRISSEDEN 1940

HMS BROCKLESBY 1942

MMS 15

HMBDV CADELLA 1943......His Majesty`s Boom Defence Vessel..?

HMBDV CADELLA...different

HMS CAESAR 1945

HMS CALDY 1943

HMS CARLISLE 1942

MB CHAFFINCH 1942.....motor barge?

HMS CHARITY 1945

HMS CLARE 1941

HMS COLOMBO 1943

HMS DELHI 1942

HMS DIELETTE 1942

HMS DODMAN POINT

HMS DOUGLAS 1943

HMS DOUGLAS 1945

HMRT ENFORCER   His Majesty`s Rescue Tug

HMS ENSAY 1943

HMS EREBUS 1944

HMS EREBUS 1944 different

HMS FARNE 1943

HMS FENNEL 1944

HMS FISHGUARD 1942

HMS FLAMBOROUGH HEAD 1945

HMS FROBISHER 1940

HMS GANILLY 1943

HMS GLOUCESTER 1940

HMS GULLAND 1943

HMS HASTINGS 1941

HMS HELVIG 1945

HMS HOWE 1944

HMS JAVELIN 1940

HMS JED 1942

HMS KRAKAWIAK 1942

HMS KRAKAWIAK 1941

HMBDV KUROKI 1945

HM? LIFELINE 1944

HMS LINCOLN

HMS LIMBOURNE 1940

HMS LORD HUDLESTONE 1945

HMBDV LORDINCHCAPE

HMS LOTUS 1942

HMS LOYALTY 1943

LST (3) 3009

HMS MALCOLM1940

HMS MELBREAK 1940

HMS MELBREAK 1943

HMS MENELAUS 1940

HMS METEOR 1939

HMS MIDDLETON 1943

HMS MILNE 1940

HM? MOORFIRE 1940

HMS MUTINE 1943

HMS NEWPORT 1941

HM? NORTHCOATS 1940

HMS OFFA 1943

HMS ONSLAUGHT 1942

HMS ORION 1942

HMS PEARL 1940

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1943

HMS RAMILLIES 1943

HMS READING 1940

HMS ROHILKHAND 1943

HMS ROWAN 1944

HMS RUMAON 1942

HMS SALVEDA 1943

HMS SHOREHAM 1943

HMS SHROPSHIRE 1943

HMS SIND 1943

HMS SPARTAN 1943

HMS STANLEY 1941

HMS STANLEY 1942

HMS STANLEY 1941....different

HMS STORK 1940

HMS SUTTON 1942

HMS TARTAR

HMS TARTAR 1940

HMS TRINIDAD 1941

FS TRIOMPHANTE...Free French

HMS ULLSWATER 1941

HMS VALIANT 1943

HMS VANSITTART 1943

HMS VESTAL 1943

HMS WELLINGTON 1939

HMS WESTCOTT 1940

HMS WESTCOTT 1943.

HMS WOLVERINE 1940

I like submarines and as a young boy I recall the wonderment in seeing these black beasts floating on an oily sea in a Dockyard basin at Plymouth Navy Days. I wish I had taken more photos. So as I have a little web space left, here are some EXTRA submarine photos that will not appear on the main submarine page linked above.

HMS/M UNITED 1944

HMS/M JUNO 1940 or as it appears to be French Submarine JUNON.

HMS/M THAMES 1936...before the war, but a good one

these are all after the war, but very good:

HMS/M ASTUTE 1955

HMS/M ALCIDE 1947

HMS/M ALCIDE 1947....different

HMS/M ALDERNEY 1954...shows the Breakwater Fort being used as an Admiralty Signal Station.

HMS/M ALDERNEY 1954...different