Spalding water taxi pilot helps preserve naval history

Lawrence Croker presents the photographs to The Marshland Maritime Museum.

Lawrence Croker presents the photographs to The Marshland Maritime Museum.

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Spalding Water Taxi pilot Terry Day has helped safeguard a piece of naval heritage.

Terry was operating one of the water taxis that run from Spalding to Springfields when he got into conversation with one of his passengers.

The passenger, Mr Lawrence Croker, showed him five original black and white photographs that were of particular relevance to Terry, who is secretary of Spalding branch of the Royal Naval Association.

They were images taken by Mr Croker’s uncle, Victor Croker, on December 17, 1939 aboard HMS Hood while in Montevideo Harbour, Uruguay. The pictures show the scuttling of the German pocket battleship Graff Spee by its Captain Hans Landorff.

Unfortunately, Victor Croker lost his life in the sinking of HMS Hood by The Bismark in 1941.

After hearing that Mr Croker was looking for a place where the pictures could be preserved, Terry suggested donating them to The Marshland Maritime Museum at Clenchwarton where the pictures can be seen by appointment by phoning 01553 765530.