READER Ian Moignard has been in touch to shed some light on the ship in the foreground of this photograph of Weymouth.

We know that the ship in question is called Jolly. But the question remains as to the Jolly what?

The letters WL on each side of her funnel indicate Walford Lines, a company whose ships often had two-word names, all beginning with Jolly. These are known to include Jolly Angela, Jolly George, Jolly Bruce and Jolly John.

Although the full name can't be seen in the picture, Jolly is offset to the left above the ship’s port of registry (London), so it is clear that this ship has a two-word name itself.

The second part of her name appears to begin with the letter I, but Ian points out that she is much smaller than the only Walford Lines ship that would fit: Jolly Inez.

Please get in contact if you can help identify this mystery ship!

The photograph also provides a snapshot of Weymouth Harbour in 1924.

The building on the right still stands, once the Marine Hotel but known as Hotel Edward by the 1920s. On the far left is the wooden bridge that was once the Great Western Railway Company's slipway for small craft: its distinctive scotch derrick crane used for lifting the bridge to allow small boats to be hauled up is visible.

A GWR passenger ferry can also be seen on the far side of the harbour, berthed in The Cove about 230m downstream of Weymouth Town Bridge.

Thank you to Ian, who hails from Jersey, for getting in touch.