Category Archives: Hampshire

OTD: Spitfire Maiden Flight

On this day in March 1936 one of the most iconic World War 2 era fighter aircraft took to the skies in Southampton. The aircraft,  prototype Supermarine Spitfire K5054, was the first of over 22000 aircraft that would be a … Continue reading

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Farewell Oriana

*Update: 16/08/2019.* Today Oriana sailed from Southampton under her new name “Piano Land”. Stripped of her new P&O corporate branding she headed off to an uncertain future in China. It is possible she will be very successful in her new … Continue reading

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Remember the Mendi

HMT Mendi (21/02/1917) On 21 February 1917, South Africa lost some 607 African volunteers en route to the battlefields of France when their troopship; HMT Mendi, was in a collision with the SS Darro off St Catherine’s Point on the … Continue reading

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Retrospective: The Old Southampton City Walls (1)

Getting back to the city walls. Cast your mind back to 1450 for a moment, and imagine that you were approaching Southampton by pigeon or seagull or UFO, and this is what you would be looking at (more or less). … Continue reading

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Retrospective: The Old Southampton City Walls (2)

Continuing where we left off.  I have attached the map from page 1 into this post too because it is relevant to the information below. Key to image above: 1 – Bargate, 2 – John Le Fleming, 3 – Arundel … Continue reading

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