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Photographer:Allan RO [View profile]Title:HMS SHEFFIELD C24Added:Oct 14, 2007
Photo Category: Cruisers
OK, after the merchant stuff, here's an oldie for you naval buffs......

'Southampton' class cruiser C24 Sheffield

built : Vickers Armstrong, Tyneside

LD - 31:01:1935, L - 23:07:1936. C - 25:08:1937 Paid off 1959.
in reserve 1960-1966.
Broken up by Shipbreaking Industries, Faslane, 1967.

The stainless steel ship's bell, which was made by Hadfield's of Sheffield, was preserved and today hangs in Sheffield Cathedral along with her battle ensign.

photo : Portsmouth : 08:1961
photo : © Dr. Allan Ryszka-Onions 1961/2007
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Pennant no.:C24
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Jim Bryce on Oct 15, 2007 19:31 (10 years ago)
At the time of the photo, HMS Sheffield was part to the reserve fleet (HMS Bellerophon) at Portsmouth and used as an accommodation ship. Ships company members wore the Bellerophon cap tally, rather than Sheffield, Rame Head (which is behind her) or others in reserve at that time, such as Volage, Crossbow, Rapid, Cavendish, Chailley and Cassandra. Most of the ships were maintained in a high state of readiness and were often re commissioned to cover shortfalls. Bellerophon was the shoreside home of the C in C Home Fleet - Admirals had to have somewhere to get their heads down - although they often embarked in ships of the Home Fleet to get their Hard Lying money :-D
K. Watson on Oct 13, 2007 21:16 (10 years ago)
Hi again Allan: Thanks for the Copyrite info. Interesting that about Home Fleet Flag and decomm, a strange one! By the way I got my first 35mm in 1961 as well,good vintage that year.Aye Ken
Allan RO on Oct 13, 2007 21:02 (10 years ago)
Hi Ken

Most sources agree Sheffield was paid off in 1959 then became flagship of the Home Fleet until 1964 when she was placed on the disposal list. Not sure how she can be paid off and still be a flag-ship !!!! So I do not know. This was taken from a 35mm slide and I got my first 35mm camera in 1961 when we sued to take holidays in Southampton, hence the Pompey visit, so I certain the photo date is correct.

For definite, the © sign is got by pressing number lock then hold down Alt. and press 0169.

all the best (Bermuda might follow if the slide copies OK)

K. Watson on Oct 13, 2007 11:33 (10 years ago)
Hello Allan: What a wonderful shot of Sheffield.Are you sure of her dates to reserve.If photo in 1961, she is wearing Jack and Ensign and therefore in commission still. How,as an aside,do you get the little copywrite icon in your text? Pls revert,Best wishes,Ken
canpbl on Oct 12, 2007 06:04 (10 years ago)
How best to start a day?
Check your favorite website and find a wonderfull shoot like this one.

Thanks for sharing

Marc Piché on Oct 12, 2007 01:25 (10 years ago)
Allan, you have swept me overboard with this absolute gem.
Since she lasted into the 1960s, I was wondering if anyone in England had gotten her on slides. Your fine shot fill a big void in my collection. Thanks for posting it.

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