The recent release onto Youtube of all 85,000 or so Pathe newsreels is proving to be an absolute goldmine. I’m slowly working my through the huge amount of naval material, and am coming across quite a few items filmed in Wales, or which have a Welsh naval connection. Here’s a preliminary selection; I’ll post more on this site in due course.
First of all, HM Submarine Universal limps into Pembroke Dock after encountering a storm in Cardigan Bay in 1946:
Another submarine in trouble in the same seas. Can anyone identify it?
Next, some rare film footage from inside Pembroke dockyard before many of the buildings were cleared: the breaking of the cruiser HMS Birmingham in the dry dock in 1931 –
Another scrapping, this time of one of the most famous ships built at Pembroke Dock, the royal yacht Victoria and Albert:
The Reserve Fleet landing craft at Llanelli being mobilised for the Suez operation in 1956:
Next, a 1967 film of ‘HMS Glamorgan, Computer Ship of the Future’ (!!)
…and the final one for this post – Glamorgan again, firing her Sea Slug missiles (location not given, but quite possibly the Aberporth range in Cardigan Bay):