Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, Isle of Wight, who wrote:
"I like this picture, and can give an
approximate date of 1936-37.
The nearest ship on the Middle Pier is
the Pharos, 1909-1956
The ship beyond it (- it is more the
funnel than the actual ship that you can see)
is the William Muir, 1879-1937.
black object moored over by the East Breakwater was two Camels,
submarine-type salvage vessels.
had been brought from Rosyth to re-float a trawler which had been in
collision off Newhaven Fish Market, from hazy memory February 1937."
Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, August 14, 2007