SX4453 : Warships anchored near the dockyard

taken 44 years ago, near to Cremyll, Cornwall, Great Britain

Warships anchored near the dockyard
Warships anchored near the dockyard
This 1974 view north up the Tamar Estuary from Barrow Park shows two warships anchored in front of the dockyard.

The ship on the left is HMS Eagle, then the largest ship in the Royal Navy at 50,000 tons. First commissioned in 1952, refitted and modernised at Devonport in 1959 and re-commissioned in 1964. In addition to major improvements to her accommodation, machinery and weaponry she also acquired the classic angled deck. One of her propellers grounded on leaving Devonport following the refit and she remained unbalanced thereafter, having the four-bladed prop replaced by a three-bladed prop from HMS Bulwark. Despite being considered a superior ship to HMS Ark Royal, she was taken out of service in 1972, towed to Devonport and laid up in the Hamoaze. She stayed here acting as spares for Ark Royal until 1978 when both ships were towed to Scotland for the breakers yard.

The ship on the right is RFA Lyness, a Ness class combat stores ship, built by Swan Hunter and commissioned in 1966/67. The Royal Navy sold all three Ness class ships to the US Navy in the early 1980's and they have only recently ended active service (my thanks to Dave Fortey for identifying this ship).
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Date Taken
June 1974   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 February, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 447 533 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.5604N 4:11.0716W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 447 528
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