The vessel in the centre of the picture is Luymes. She was launched at the Gusto Shipyard in Schiedam, Rotterdam in 1951 as a hydrographic research ship for the Royal Dutch Navy. She arrived at Southampton in November 1973 and was intended for conversion to a yacht at the Willments Shipyard. In April 2005 she was sold to shipbreakers at New Holland. I photographed her there on 3 May 2005. The vessel on the right looks like the dredger Mersey No.41, which would date the photo to pre-April 1989, when she was broken up at Garston.

Simon Smith South Ferriby, Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire

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