22nd December 2009, 22:02
Hi all, can you help ID this ship. It is a naval vessel, and all I can tell you about it is that it is entering Blyth Harbour (Northumberland UK) and is on its way to Hughes Bolckow. The two paddle tugs at the rear are probably Blyth's own Earl Of Beaconsfield and Greatham. The two screw tugs I have no idea about.
Any information that might lead to giving the warship an ID would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance
22nd December 2009, 22:28
Can't Blyth News Archive tell you? Or is this the source of the question? Pity the names on the near tugs are just below readability (mine) at least that would give you a dating bracket.
22nd December 2009, 22:49
I'm guessing this has to be HMS Berwick broken up in 1948. The only other cruisers broken up at Blyth post-WW2 are CERES, LEANDER, GLASGOW, PHOEBE, EURYALUS, SIRIUS
22nd December 2009, 22:52
Berwick it is.
23rd December 2009, 02:02
BZ Sparkie! BERWICK was one of the fine old County Class cruisers, and I understand that the date of her arrival at Blyth was 12 Jul 48.
23rd December 2009, 14:00
Well found ... Fine picture and they were fine ships.
23rd December 2009, 16:37
Wow, you have all done me proud!
Thank you so much for taking the time to sort this out for me. I wouldn't have had a hope on my own.
23rd December 2009, 16:46
Just out of interest since you got me what I needed I Googled the vessel, there is a comprehensive history of her here;
I am so chuffed. Thanks again!
23rd December 2009, 22:52
You are very welcome, and a Happy Christmas to you.