DOCKYARD NOTES WHAT IS THE DOCKYARD?
PROBABLY ALL readers of this paper have a general idea of what the
Dockyard does - but the following details may be news to many. Although
the primary purpose of all Royal Dockyards is to build, modernise and repair Her Majesty's ships, it is not
practicable to employ anything like the whole labour force on that vital job. Portsmouth Dockyard is, in fact, not able to have more than about one half
of its total manpower so employed. A considerable proportion are working in Fleet Shore Establishments over a wide
area. Others have to provide services of various kinds to ships which come to
large slice of labour has perforce to be devoted to the maintenance of the Yard's own services, machinery and
Portsmouth to give leave, but are not in for docking or repairs. A further
plant is not to be compared with any single
Another point, often overlooked or misunderstood, is that the Dockyard
factory or J,usiness, however large. Rather it is an association of a num-
under its own manager-with staffs of the order of 6,000, 4,000, 2,300 and 3,000 respectively. One of the more
important functions of the Admiral
Superintendent is to co-ordinate the work of these various departments and
to see that the requirements of the Fleet are met.
TELEPHONE EXCHANGE operator at Roche Court. Mr. A. E. (Ted) Ben- nett, retired on May 26 after 43 years'
phone operator in Royal Clarence Yard in November, 1915. He served
there until the Victualling Depots Southern Area Headquarters were moved to Roche Court, Fareham, in
1946. It is Ted Bennett's proud boast that he was never late during the whole of his service and that during this he served under six super-
Mr. Fred Pook. acting storehouse assistant, age 56 years, playing for
government service. He commenced work in the dockyard in 1912 as a driller and after losing a leg in the first World War he took up duty as a tele-
ber of very large "firms." The con- structive, engineering, civil engineering and electrical departments for example, are very largely self-contained, each
Royal Clarence Yard against R.E.M.E. in the first match this season in
League, took 6 wickets for 6 runs in 9 overs, all bowled. Mr. Pook has been
Division II of the Gosport Cricket
playing for Royal Clarence Yard for the past 27 years and has created many bowling records.
games, headed the bowling list in the Gosport League in 1950 and has been runner-up on four occasions.
He has played in three representative
Crofton when he took 7 wickets for 5 runs.
His best performance was against TUGS NEW AND OLD
H.M. TUG SAMSON has recently arrived at Portsmouth from her
builder's yard. This fine tug, 175 ft. in
length and 3.000 h.p., is a welcome addition to the yard craft attached to
exposing himself to the elements. At the time of writing she is undergoing trials, but soon her handsome, rugged
this dockyard. A unique feature for Her Majesty's dockyard tugs is her
all-weather bridge, from which her master is able to handle her without
lines will become familiar to the dock- yard scene.
relief the "grand old lady" of the harbour, H.M. Tug Volatile. This sturdy old paddler with her distinctive "goal-post" funnels is now in her 55th
she can outpace all other paddle tugs in the harbour. D.E.C.S.A.
The new tug will throw into sharp
year of service. Despite her age she is still giving excellent service, and
although speed is no true criterion of a tug's prowess, it is of interest to note
PORTSMOUTH NAVY NEWS ...
initial letters the Dockyard Establish- ments Central Sports Association be- came known as Decsa.
to foster and co-ordinate all sport for the mutual benefit of all employees in
The objects of the Association are
dockyard and naval establishments (Portsmouth area).
Our club headquarters are at Onslow Road. Southsca, where our
evenings, whist drives on Mondays. old- time dances on Tuesdays, badminton on Wednesdays and Thursdays and a popular dance on Saturdays. Friday
Indoor Games League play all matches. In addition to the games room we have a hall where we eater for members and their families with concerts on Sunday
evenings are usually occupied by social functions of the various departmental and shop or sectional clubs.
interesting programme with various competitions and inter-club fixtures. The bowls and tennis secretaries arc
The angling section is arranging an also busy making detailed arrangements
for what promises to be a successful season. In addition to league and cup
senting C.E.O.. C.E.M., Coppersmiths "A" and "B," Factory, Joiners, Pneumatic Plant, and T.EO. The
competitions a rink and pairs knock- out tournaments between clubs repre-
section is also competing in Division III of the Portsmouth District Bowls
League. The tennis section will be running a
league of two divisions comprising A.E.W.. A.S.R.E., ('DO. "A," E.E.M..
and Coppersmiths. C.D.O. "B," Joiners, M.B.E.. D.O., and Recorders in Division II.
W HO, W H AT, is D.E.C.S.A.?
Although first formed in 1926, we still hear this question. Formed as stated in 1947 under the guiding hand of Mr.
Jewel], Secretary to Admiral Superin- tendent, it was generally referred to as the Central Sports Association.
Owing to the dispersal of personnel and Service commitments, activities
were dormant during the war period. but under the leadership, wise counsel and drive of Rear-Admiral Lkwcllyn
Morgan, Admir-dl Superintendent (now Sir Vaughan Morgan) activities were revived in July, 1947.
the Portsmouth and District and Inter- Firms Tournaments.
It is also intended to enter teams in
interesting tussles have accrued. It is interesting to record that the Factory and Joiners have not been defeated in
In the Indoor Games League some
a league fixture for three seasons. The winners of the Individual Knock-
out Tournaments are: Billiards D.
managed to wrest the Knock-out Cup from the Joiners.
Following the Service practice of abbreviating names by the use of
In the whist knock-out competition, the Joiners beat the A.E.W. in the
final. These clubs have contested the final for four successive seasons.
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war period. However, this obstacle has been surmounted with some success. Here are some of the Band's "high Attendance at the funeral of
that the Band has left these shores); mate visits of Queen Juliana of Hol-
rIts":ng Gustily of Sweden (first time ever
land. King and Queen of Denmark, King Haakon of Norway; state open-
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to be a virtuoso. A little knowledge of a brass instrument, for the Bluejacket
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Band is a brass hand, is all that is
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popular hands in the south. It is hoped to give a
of the Bluejacket Band' activities, so nthly review
keep your eye on the ball, and come along you volunteers.
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BERNARDS have recently opened a Men's Wear Shop at Commercial Road, in Portsmouth.
Here, the Royal Navy Officer will be able to choose his Uniform and
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Should it not be convenient to call at Bernards, a representative will
gladly visit you by an appoint- ment arranged through the Branch Manager or Head Office, while
patterns and prices may always be obtained on request.
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