Penarth Dock, South Wales - 150 years - the heritage and legacy  
Penarth Dock, South Wales - the heritage & legacy . . .

Volume Six - Pre-Victorian to the Present Day - Select Aspects - The Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve Fleet at Penarth Dock

H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959
H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959

H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959 - A view of her laid-up on the north quay with an unknown vessel alongside. The lower enlargement shows the net-laying arrangement at the stern of the vessel. A heritage photograph from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] Built at a cost of £333,595 at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, she was 338 feet long with a beam of 53 feet and her displacement was 2,860 tons. She had a crew of 181 and was equipped with two 4" naval guns and later with anti-aircraft weaponry. She underwent a re-fit at Newport in 1954, after which she was mothballed at Penarth Dock in the Reserve Fleet until finally being sent to the breaker's yard in 1962. [043]

H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959
Another great view of H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959. Astern of her is A1120 an LCT Mark 3 which was converted to an MRC or Maintenance Repair Craft. Can anyone identify the vessels moored alongside both please? Yet another heritage photograph from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20170922]
 
H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959
H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959
Two more views of H.M.S. Guardian at Penarth Dock in April 1959. I recall riding my bike down to the dock and thinking about the unusual shape of the vessel's bow and its purpose. That would be just after by ninth birthday! Another heritage photograph from the Penarth Dock Collection. [001] [20220331]
 
net laying at Scap Flow
According to Wikipedia [043] this photograph illustrates ; 'At Scapa Flow, a Royal Navy net laying vessel prepares to lay an anti-submarine net, which is 900 feet (275 metres) long, weighs over 40 Imperial tons (41 tonnes) and could be laid in 4 minutes.' This was probably either H.M.S. Guardian or her sister H.M.S. Protector built in 1936. The photograph taken by Hampton, J A (Lt),, Royal Navy official photographer, is borrowed with thanks to the WWII collection of the Imperial War Museum. [266]
 
H.M.S. Guardian
H.M.S. Guardian - Showing her unusual bow configuration used for net-retrieval. A second vessel was built in 1936 and named H.M.S. Protector. She survived until 1970. [000] [002]
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