Ark Royal IV

This photo shows the Ark on a miserable day in late December 1969, leaving Devonport at high water mid afternoon for her pre-terminal inspection trials. Devonport South Yard to port, approaching the Rubble Bank turn, more than three years refit behind her. The author was aboard. Pages 54 – 63 of The Herring Barrel describe the departure.

An interesting historical note, the tug astern in this image is an Admiralty Diesel Electric Paddle Tug, one of seven built on the Clyde in the late 1950’s. They were designed specifically for what this one is doing, harbour work with carriers. Sadly all were scrapped in the 1980’s, a nostalgic glimpse of the past while they were around.

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