Argentinean Sailors preparing Asado for Royal Navy sailors, 1937
A casual shot of Argentinean sailors preparing Asado at Puerto Belgrano in 1937 prior to sharing it with Royal Navy personnel. Asado is a popular dish in South America consisting of cuts of meat prepared on an open fire. Between 1900 and 1945 ships had to go into port frequently to replenish 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 foreign cities or ports. This photograph belongs to a collection of items relating to the service of Daniel Thomas on board HMS Exeter in 1937. At the outbreak of World War Two HMS Exeter formed part of the South American Division with HMS Cumberland.