A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Motor Launches (ML), Harbour Defence Motor Launches (HDML) & Rescue Motor Launches (RML)
Stuart
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Postby Stuart » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:51 pm

Hi Stephen - Yes we know this photo but we are struggling to read the name on the cross third from the left. Do you happen to have the technology to make this clearer? Wonder if IWM hold the negatives?

I believe this photo was taken by Lt Hampton, an official RN photographer. I have seen two other photos of individual crosses there - so suppose he or perhaps Don Claydon, skipper of 906, took photos of each one but none of the individual ones appear on Hampton's IWM collection. I was doing research on Ancestry re ML 916 crew and a month ago was sent, out of the blue, an original print of that wreath laying scene from someone who had picked it up in a car boot sale! It has a very badly typed note stuck on the back saying what the photo is about and after that 'HAM' Perhaps Hampton developed that very print hinself! Scanned the print and tried enlarging and twiddling it but still can't read that name!

Ron Metcalfe, the last surviving crewman from ML 906 the 'buddy boat' of 916 tended my injured father and was in the burial party at Turneuzen.

Cheers Stuart

Stuart
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Postby Stuart » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:59 pm

Further thought Stephen - I wonder if the Dutch person on Twitter has any more info on ML 916?

Have often wondered if the arrival of the first RN vessels into Antwerp ever had newspaper coverage, if there were newspapers publishing then. Perhaps the Dutch contact would know or could find out - I can't read Dutch!

Stuart

Stephen
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Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Postby Stephen » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:33 pm

Hi Stuart - I must have missed these replies, apologies. Sadly the Dutch tweeter doesn't know where it is - someone else asked the same question. I imagine that the IWM will hold a much higher resolution print than the one online, as they certainly do for other images. But it'll cost to obtain it...

As you say, the photographer was Hampton - it lists him a bit further down the page (he's a photographer I'm quite familiar with as I've been using his photographs from Normandy for landing craft research). I've seen a few original copies of RN and AFPU prints and sometimes the photographer's name is used as a catalogue/reference number so it could be that.

Bear in mind that an awful lot of images from the IWM collection aren't digitised. However, just searching the series that the picture is a part of reveals this one as well: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item ... /205158127

Steve


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