SY6878 : Viking ship in Weymouth Harbour

taken 70 years ago, near to Weymouth, Dorset, Great Britain

Viking ship in Weymouth Harbour
Viking ship in Weymouth Harbour
This photograph was taken by my great uncle the Reverend E V Tanner, probably during the 1950s. The ferry in the centre of the picture is the St Patrick, with red and black funnel, and astern of her is either the St Helier or St Julien with buff and black funnel. The white line along the sheerstrake of the more distant vessel was introduced in 1948, the hulls previously having been all black. The St Helier and St Julien sailed out of Weymouth from 1925 until 1960 or 1961. The St Patrick was built in 1947 and sailed out of Weymouth until 1963. The Caesaria and Sarnia, which took over the Weymouth service from 1960-61, looked nothing like these ships.

The longship looks remarkably similar to the Hugin (see square TR3564) which sailed to Kent from Denmark in 1949 - see also LinkExternal link. The building behind the St Patrick's superstructure is probably the old Ritz theatre which burnt down in 1954 and was replaced by the current Pavilion (without roof domes) in 1960. Its presence and that of the two ferries which were replaced at the beginning of the 1960s set a latest possible date around 1960 for the photo (thanks to John Stephen for additional information).
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Seo Mise   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
1948   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 14 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 683 788 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:36.4829N 2:26.9608W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 686 787
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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