Historical information

The photograph is part of a serie likely to have been taken by Bill Doyle (Reverend C.J. Eldridge-Doyle), who was a keen photographer like many of the chaplains as he often uses the Ilford paper to print his images.

It demonstrates one of the activities on offer at the Mission and documents how common indoor smoking was at the time.


The photograph depicts the activities offered to seafarers while on shore leave at the Mission during the 1950s-60s

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting two men standing by a table tennis table. One is smoking while the other is holding a table tennis paddle. There is a poster visible in the background.

Inscriptions & markings

Reverse: ILFORD in repeat
1940: stamped in red