National Geographic : 1940 Jan
SOUTHAMPTON-GATEWAY TO LONDON Ir Photograph from Topical Press KING GEORGE VI, ABOARD THE ROYAL YACHT, REVIEWS HIS MIGHTY FLEET Bluejackets man the rail of the cruiser Cairo as the royal yacht, Victoria and Albert, bearing His Majesty, passes by in Spithead. Manning the rail, while a salute is fired, is the highest honor a ship can bestow upon a passing vessel. Scene of many historic naval pageants, Spithead forms the eastern entrance to Southampton Water. The ships which participated here in the coronation review of 1937 now are blockading Germany, convoying merchant and troop vessels, and searching for Nazi submarines.