This before-and-after interactive photo layout published by The Guardian featuring vessels involved in the Normandy landings during World War II is well worth a look.
A tip to the wise though: to see how each site looks today you have to click on the image, or even better swipe slowly from left to right to see the transition happening in a much slower and more subtle way.
Thanks to Andrew Craig-Bennett for spotting this one!
William Hughes has got in touch to ask for help in tracking down some information about a minesweeper tender called Waldemar built in 1931 that belonged to the mustard manufacturing Colman family and was later provided to the Royal Navy at the start of World War II. (For photos of another Colman family vessel, the Norfolk Broads wherry Hathor, click here.)
The reason for William’s interest is that he has what he has been told is the Waldemar’s compass in a rather fine binnacle, which has a certain amount of navy grey paint here and there. The compass itself is marked ‘E Dent & Co of London BOAT COMPASS No 43698′.
He’s also been told that the vessel is laid up in Pin Mill.
From what he’s seen on websites about the Navy, he believes the Waldemar was used as a first contact into port vessel as well as a minesweeper tender.
William would be grateful for any photographs or further information. Please either use the comments link below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass the information on to him.