Friday, 12 December 2014

Ship Ahoy - Sepia Saturday

I knew immediately I could match this week's prompt.


The background of a larger shot where people, including a woman and a sailor, are walking away from the camera.


This photo with the woman walking away towards a group of sailors comes from a wartime photo of a band either welcoming home an aircraft carrier, or maybe serenading one about to depart to war.

I prefer the welcome home scenario.


 I also wonder whether that is the band of the Royal Marines?

Unfortunately my elder brother who served on carriers with the Fleet Air Arm during WWII is no longer alive to identify the occasion or the location for me.

I also wonder whether this is another photo taken from a different position on the same day.


This looks much more like a welcome home occasion far different to this action shot.

Depth charges going off

I hope our lady found her sailor as I'm sure you've heard


For other background shots charge over to Sepia-Saturday-258.


20 comments:

Karen S. said...

I think that sailor must be related to Popeye! Too funny. You did a pretty good job matching it up, as well as your other photos too.

Karen S. said...

Oops, did my comment disappear? Okay second try, that sailor is just too funny, he must be related to Popeye as well! You did a great job matching up the photo and the other also.

Carole Anne Carr Author said...

As always, so many memories, thanks for that.

La Nightingail said...

Nice post and right in line with the prompt. And the video was fun! Love those old old songs.

Wendy said...

Great job, Bob. This was a fun prompt. I like how everyone is finding possible scenarios and different ways to view the photograph.

A Quiet Corner said...

My favorite is the first...warm...:)JP

Postcardy said...

I couldn't help thinki9ng how much better the composition of the first photograph would look with some careful cropping off of parts of the right side and bottom.

Alex Daw said...

Wow! Love that action shot.

Mike Brubaker said...

I think we were ships passing in the night on this theme, Bob. It certainly looks like the band of the Royal Marines with their distinctive hats. I'd guess it was a public day for regular folk to take a tour of the ship, which suggests peace time to me.

Bob Scotney said...

Mike, you are probably right. That would make in post 1945.
I was hoping that someone would tell me the Marines came from Portsmouth.

Sharon said...

I don't think anyone will match the theme as well as you.

Jo said...

Those were very old pix were they not. The things we have lived through.

Barbara Rogers said...

Excellent photos for the theme...and I think it wasn't going anywhere either...with women on deck all over the place...and I can imagine the marching band playing...not "Nice Girls Love a Sailor" however!

Doug Peabody said...

Great match up. Is that an aircraft carrier? It's huge ship for sure.

Bob Scotney said...

Doug, I'm sure it it is, but don't know which one.

Patricia Barnard said...

Interesting photos, Bob. What an important part bands played, even during tough times.

Alan Burnett said...

A perfect match Bob. And the other two shots are fascinating as well. Full of interest, full of stories.

Rosie said...

So that is where Popeye was born....LOL

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

A great match to theme. Isn't it frustrating to not be able to check the story behind a photo. I wouldn't like to have been a sailor during wartime, either navy or merchant marine.

Little Nell said...

Well done you got the woman walking away and the sailor, as per prompt, and leading us nicely on to the Royal Marines.