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Weekly Photo Challenge … Gone but not forgotten

December 9, 2014

This may not look much; it is an iron rivet one of many thousands used in the ship building yards seconded in the Second World War to construct warships. This particular one was used for a landing craft assault vessel that took troops and weapons to Europe.

After the war my Dad in 1948, recently demobbed from the Merchant Navy began working in the boat building industry now florishing on the south coast of England. He, like many others without a home due to the heavy bombing of the Southampton and Portsmouth dockland bombing ‘recycled’ redundant war ships, converted into a home for his growing family.

These home were only a temporary measure until the ‘homes for hero’s’ were built ; our home was very comfortable and we stayed longer than most. Nonetheless we did move to a house in a nearby village.

Although we went back from time to time; it was not until recently almost 60 years did we go back as family with my mother’s ashes. Little remains of our home, the tide with it relentless coming and going has removed a little piece of history but not yet forgotten … but the rusty relic cannot withstand mother nature!

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2014 7:29 am

    Good memories. I didn’t know they used ships for homes!

    • December 10, 2014 8:02 am

      Yes … my dad was very adept at these conversions our first home was Motor Torpedo Boat!

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