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Devonport Tamar Trot
Devonport Tamar Trot

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Devonport Tamar Trot 1970. Laid up vessels awaiting their fate.
· Date: Thu, 17 October 19 · Views: 285
· Filesize: 27.0kb, 57.8kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 839 ·
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Keywords: Devonport Tamar Trot
Source of Image, If not your own: Private collection
Location photo was taken: Tamar Bridge
Date photo was taken: 1970
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Registered: November 2008
Location: south west England
Posts: 167
Sat, 19 October 19 09:36

Nice to see a southward view of some of Devonport’s upper trots from a position looking over the approach spans of the historic Royal Albert rail bridge on the Saltash side of the river Tamar. Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s original plans for the bridge were rejected by the Admiralty who insisted on a 100 foot clearance to allow for the safe passage of the tall sailing ships of the mid 19th century. Brunel duly obliged with a revised design. It’s somewhat ironic that almost a 100 years later the bridge was hit by the masts of a mid 20th century warship - HMS ROBERTS! At one time Devonport’s uppermost trots extended north of the bridge where dozens of surplus WWII warships were lined up in neat rows awaiting final disposal.

Vessels on show in the photo are as follows:

Rear (l to r) (i) Daring class destroyer HMS DARING on the Wilcove moorings, (ii) Oiler RFA WAVE BARON with Stores Ship RFA FORT LANGLEY (obscured) at the Carew Point mooring.

Middle (l to r) (i) ‘A’ class submarine HMS ASTUTE at 2 HM trot, (ii) Survey vessel HMS OWEN with Type 15 frigate HMS RELENTLESS (partly obscured) at 3 HM trot, (iii) Battle class destroyer HMS CAMPERDOWN with Type 15 frigate HMS URANIA (obscured) at 4 HM trot.

Front (l to r) (i) Landing Craft LST 3031 on HMS TRACKER (LST 3522) at the Saltash trot.

The photo would have been taken between the 17th of March and the 13th of April 1970.

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Steve Oatey

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Registered: February 2008
Location: Vancouver Island
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Sun, 20 October 19 19:38

If it's a weekend I was probably fishing somewhere near the Daring. Great picture, and wonderful details to go with it. Thank you Mr. Copp and Paul.
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