Since August we’ve been posting about the wave-making stories behind the Submerged Collection, from the origins of indigo dye to the history of the Commando Frogmen. Now that December has rolled around it seems only fitting to take a look at how the men of the Navy celebrated Christmas on the high seas…
Decking the decks! Two sailors carry in essential supplies - the Christmas tree and holly - for yuletide festivities aboard the destroyer flotilla operating in the Battle of the Atlantic.
The party got started early on board the Destroyer HMS Liddesdale, as sailors in the mess deck get together during a preliminary tune up for Christmas.
Not everything happened to the Navy at sea. Bluejackets at the RN Barracks at Devonport gather round to get their first taste of the Christmas pudding from the Chief Cook.
Hopefully no "Dear Johns"... Christmas letters from home for the men of the HMS Dunluce Castle, Anchorage.
Dinner is served! Sailors on shore leave at Alexandria are served their Christmas meal by an Officer at the Under Twenty Club.
Members of the escort trawler HMS Turquoise getting into the Christmas spirit. The cook emerges from the galley bearing the ship's Christmas pudding, as members of the crew crowd round the hatch to welcome him.
“…And never be forgot”. Christmas Day celebrations when the Captain, Captain H C Bovell, CBE, RN, and officers join in with the ship's company to sing Auld Lang Syne on board HMS Victorious.
Here’s to victory! Stoker G A Revell (R Fleet Reserve) drinks to victory in his Christmas tot of rum.
All images presented with thanks to our good friends at Imperial War Museums.