Crew members of HMS London at Problaka Bay
A photograph showing crew members of HMS London on a run ashore in Problaka Bay in Greece. Between 1900 and 1945 coal and oil-powered navies had to go into port frequently to replenish its supplies of fuel and fresh food. During a peacetime show-the-flag cruise, sailors could expect to rotate ashore in large numbers at almost every port of call. Many naval ratings went to sea because they were eager to see other lands and meet different peoples. Sailors went to cinemas, theatres and to dance halls. They also walked or bussed around strange cities or ports. After World War Two HMS London served with the Eastern fleet.