Images and memorabilia from the private collection of Roy Hillman, Harry French, and Kay Morgan.
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The dock in operation lifting the destroyer HMS VAN GALEN
in Trincomalee harbour during February 1946.
Preparing the blocks on the dock bed.
The dock bed showing the pier top cranes..
The dock has been submerged land the destroyer HMS
VAN GALEN slowly enters between the piers.
HMS VAN GALEN
is in position ready for the lift.
The dock with MS VAN GALEN in Trincomalee harbour during February 1946.
January 13h 1946 some of the crew of AFD22; picture taken on board their small workboat in Trincomalee. Chief Shipwright Harry French (far left back row), third from left is Lt. Cdr Tilsley the incoming C.O., and beside him (shirtless) is Lt. Cullen outgoing C.O. of the dock.