Anchored at Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Image captured by The TOPICAL Press Agency Ltd., 20 & 21 Red Lion Court, Fleet Ct., London E.C.4
I discovered this photograph today, 12-14-09, while going through a box of old photographs that my mother had put away in a box and then given to me just before she died. I'd never managed to look through the box before today. I wish that I had done so while she was still alive though as there are so many faces that I recognize, but unfortunately I don't remember their names. I was pleasantly surprised to find this photo, to say the least.
This photograph was sent to my mother by my father in 1943 while he was on leave in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, at Christmas time. I was born while he was ashore there the day after Christmas. I recall Dad telling me that he received a telegram notifying him that he had a son. He said that he proceeded to go out on the town and toasted my arrival in fine fashion...
In restoring this photograph I noticed that there was a substantial area on the original negative that had been scraped to obliterate some feature on the side of the ship. It shows up in the photograph under magnification as an obvious attempt to remove something or other. The actual photograph itself is intact in that area so that leaves only the possibility that it was the negative that was altered somewhat crudely. This area is below the ship's main gun in the medium-gray colored area and extends into the light-gray colored area. I left the line where they meet somewhat feathered rather than sharply demarcated. I may change that later. It may have been that both areas were the same color paint and not two. Having nothing to go on I opted to leave a color separation... On the reverse of the photograph is a sticker which says, "AS CENSORED BY THE ADMIRALTY." I added the title in the upper right corner of the photograph.
In the lower right corner my father wrote: "With love to my darling wife Jean. Glen" He was the electric artificer on board, or as his shipmates shortened it - electrificer. That's what we landlubbers would call the ship's electrician. Later he was to become a cypher specialist.