1977 marked twenty five years since the Queen had ascended to the throne. To mark. The Silver Jubilee the Royal Navy held a fleet review at Spithead. A fleet review saw many ships of the Royal Navy, plus vessels from friendly nations, come together at Spithead which was a large sheltered anchorage for the Queen to inspect. These events were becoming increasingly rare in the modern era and so a variety of commemorative items were produced for the sailors taking part to commemorate the event. Tonight we have an example of a china mug that was given out to some of the participants. Being the 1970s, an attractive brown colour was chosen!On the front is the official Silver Jubilee logo with the Queen’s head in the centre:This design is seen on many different Silver Jubilee items; more unusually however is the design of warships in the background.
This mug was produced with many different designs on the rear for different ship’s companies. In this case it has the badges for the Royal Navy hospitals on it:The mark on the base of the mug indicates it was manufactured by Lord Nelson potteries:My guess is that this firm specialised in making commemorative ware for purchase by Royal Navy ship’s companies.
The fleet review was a major event with the obligatory runs ashore, as remembered by one sailor:
wuz there – HMS Plymouth, bastard to get ashore, pubs rammed, loads of pissed septics and other nations, didn,t bother after that
The RNR were on the Rothesay next door and had pussers rum – went around there
Made you proud to be a matelot though……………………………….
The full programme for the review is available online here.