1960 - Departure of HMS VANGUARD
4th August. HMS “Vanguard” last of the British Battleships was released from her moorings at 10-30 am to commence her tow to the ship-breakers at Faslane. There were no cheers, no sounding of sirens or farewells; only the boys from the training ship Foudroyant raised a cheer as she came passed, and it was a most solemn occasion. As she drew near the Camber, just like a fearful child at the door of the dentist, she broke her tow and grounded almost in harbour entrance alongside the Still & West public house. After frantic efforts by dockyard tugs the 45,000 ton leviathan was freed to continue her journey and so ended a chapter in British history and in particular that of Portsmouth that had been the birth place of these Masters of the sea.