Historic HMS Elfin Blue Plaque Takes Pride of Place at Port

HMS Elfin Blue Plaque

A blue plaque to commemorate a former submarine base on the site of the Port’s South Harbour terminal has been unveiled.

Whilst relatively little is known about the HMS Elfin base, due largely to the secretive nature of it’s role in the Second World War, it has been recognised as an important part of Blyth’s history having been nominated for the newly introduced Blyth Town Council Blue Plaque scheme in 2017.

Port of Blyth PR & Comms Manager, Tom Chaplin, said: “Seeing the HMS Elfin blue plaque go up is a reminder of the rich seafaring history of Blyth. We hope residents and visitors will enjoy discovering more about the history of both the town and the port as a result of this installation.”

Once all the plaques are in place the Town Council intend to develop a Blue Plaque Trail, which will guide visitors around the town giving information about the people and places that have been commemorated.

Blyth’s blue plaques are in the traditional blue style of those that first appeared on London streets in 1886 and are cast in aluminium with raised lettering, border and emblem.

The HMS Elfin blue plaque can be viewed at the Blyth Education and Community Hub located near to the Blyth Boathouse restaurant on Quay Road. See here for a map.

Click here to view the list of nominations received. Although the consultation period has ended, the Council are reportedly happy to receive nominations at any time by letter or email.