/ HMS YORK visit to Clacton 1930s

ID: CPR_VST / Tony Millatt
TitleHMS YORK visit to Clacton 1930s
Abstract

Mersea Museum recently had an email from Peter Watts of Clacton Pier Company, with 4 small photographs taken on Clacton Pier. They had the same photographic markings on the back, but no clues as to the date or the event. Two photographs show a Royal Navy cruiser at anchor, one shows a two-funnel paddle steamer leaving the Pier, and one a paddle steamer coming alongside the cruiser.

The photographs give the feeling that they were taken between WW1 and WW2. Browsing photographs of cruisers that were active between the Wars, found the Heavy Cruiser, HMS YORK which fortunately was unique. She did have a sister, HMS EXETER of Battle of the River Plate fame, but HMS EXETER had vertical masts and funnel, whereas HMS YORK had raked masts and funnel.

HMS YORK was built at Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company at Hebburn on the River Tyne, and completed June 1930. On commissioning, she became the flagship of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet. She served with the 8th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station and then in the Mediterranean Fleet.
With the outbreak of War in 1939, she served on Atlantic convoy escort duties, and then from August 1940 with the Mediterranean Fleet. 26 March 1941 she was disabled by Italian explosive motor boats at Suda Bay in Crete. The ship was run aground to prevent her from sinking. 18 May further damage was inflicted by German bombers. The ship was damaged beyond repair, and the main guns were disabled by demolition charges. In February 1952 the wreck was salvaged by an Italian shipbreaker and taken to Bari for demolition.

To return to Clacton, with most of her service overseas, the most likely time for HMS YORK to visit Clacton was in her first few years of service with the Home Fleet. It is unlikely that a vessel the size of HMS YORK would have been brought alongside the Pier, and the remaining photographs suggest that visitors were taken out to the vessel by paddle steamer and other boats.

The Times 21 April 1930 has an article "Warships at Seaside Resorts. Summer Programme of Atlantic Fleet." It lists the visits planned 28 April to 20 July. HMS YORK appears in the list - at Hartlepool 3-7 July and Brighton 8-14 July. Clacton is not mentioned!

Two funnel paddle steamer leaving Clacton Pier

Paddle steamer coming alongside HMS YORK

Thoughts on the above.
- the Berthing Arm was built 1933-35. The paddle steamer in the photograph appears to have just left the Berthing Arm.
- we should be able to find the name of the Paddle Steamer. She also appears in a photograph on http://www.joylandbooks.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?LMCL=uwa4a_&f=6&t=1921&start=45
- a visit like this must have been in the local newspapers ...

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AuthorTony Millatt
SourceMersea Museum
IDCPR_VST
Related Images:
 Royal Navy Ship off Clacton Pier, thought to be the heavy cruiser HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.
</p><p>One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3x2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
 The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
 Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.
</p>  CPR_001
ImageID:   CPR_001
Title: Royal Navy Ship off Clacton Pier, thought to be the heavy cruiser HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.

One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3"x"2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.

Date:c1931
Source:Mersea Museum / Clacton Pier Company
 Royal Navy Ship off Clacton Pier, thought to be the heavy cruiser HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.
</p><p>One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3x2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
 The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
 Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.
</p>  CPR_003
ImageID:   CPR_003
Title: Royal Navy Ship off Clacton Pier, thought to be the heavy cruiser HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.

One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3"x"2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.

Date:c1931
Source:Mersea Museum / Clacton Pier Company
 Two funnel paddle steamer leaving Clacton Pier. (to take visitors out to a Royal Navy cruiser ?)
</p><p>
One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3x2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
 The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
 The pictures are undated but thought to be between WW1 and WW2.
</p><p>Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.
</p>  CPR_005
ImageID:   CPR_005
Title: Two funnel paddle steamer leaving Clacton Pier. (to take visitors out to a Royal Navy cruiser ?)

One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3"x"2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
The Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it.
The pictures are undated but thought to be between WW1 and WW2.

Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.

Date:c1931
Source:Mersea Museum / Clacton Pier Company
 Paddle steamer alongside Royal Navy ship, thought to be HMS YORK and off Clacton Pier.
</p><p>
One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3x2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
 They show a Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it. The Royal Navy ship is a cruiser, and in looks like HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.
 The pictures are undated but thought to be between WW1 and WW2.
</p><p>Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.
</p>  CPR_007
ImageID:   CPR_007
Title: Paddle steamer alongside Royal Navy ship, thought to be HMS YORK and off Clacton Pier.

One of a set of 4 photographs sent to Clacton Pier Company some time ago. They were taken on Clacton Pier, these do have some age as they are printed on the smaller size 3"x"2 of photographic paper, all share the same photographic stamp on the reverse.
They show a Royal Navy ship appears to be anchored off, and the paddle steamer taking visitors out to it. The Royal Navy ship is a cruiser, and in looks like HMS YORK, completed 1 May 1930 at Palmers at Hebburn on the Tyne.
The pictures are undated but thought to be between WW1 and WW2.

Sent to the Museum by Peter Watts of the Pier Company in the hope that someone may be able to identify the ships.

Date:c1931
Source:Mersea Museum / Clacton Pier Company