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Title: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 16, 2009, 05:06:23 PM
 In 1861 Masters mates were re-styled " Sub-Lieutenant . Captains insignia was increased to four stripes !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 17, 2009, 11:52:11 PM
on this date in 1951 H.M. submarine Affray was lost in the English Channel off Hurd deep.
   75 lives were lost.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: James Hutton on April 18, 2009, 10:33:39 PM
Some contemporary film
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/avdb/on_this_day/video/83000/bb/83015_16x9_bb.asx

James


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 18, 2009, 11:06:35 PM
On this date in 1797 Spithead mutineers petitioned the Board of Admiralty for a pay rise.
  They pointed out the army and militia had both been given rises some two years previously..... Jack got nothing. Their pay had last been settled during the reign of Charles the second .


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 19, 2009, 09:33:05 PM
In 1917 the sinking of merchant ships by German U-boats reached its peak with 19 British ships lost in this one day.  It was estimated that these losses could not have been sustained for more than a further five months without Britain being totally crippled.
 The convoy system was introduced in May.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 20, 2009, 10:38:36 PM
On this date in 1814 HMS Orpheus captured the US Sloop FROLIC about 15 miles off the coast on Cuba.

We got quite a lot of their boats during this period !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 21, 2009, 09:43:55 PM
On this date in1917 a German destroyer raid on Dover seems to have come unstuck. Having fired several rounds into Dover, the German force were attacked by British destroyers on the Dover Strait patrol.

Two German ships were lost G42 and G85, over a hundred prisoners taken.
 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 22, 2009, 09:51:27 PM
HMS Weazle an 18 gun brig had fought a famous action when in company with HMS Victorious in 1812, she had held off several smaller vessels (sinking one), allowing Victorious to engage and capture the French ship of the line Rivoli.
On this day in 1813 Weazle destroyed four Fench gun boats and eight vessels of a convoy in Boscaline (Marina) Bay, Yugoslavia.

A dangerous little ship to cross by the sound of her !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 23, 2009, 09:38:30 PM
The poet Rupert Brooke, Sub-Lt RNVR, had been commissioned into the Royal Naval Division at the outbreak of WW1.
On this day in 1915 he died on a hospital ship from septicaemia, contracted after being bitten by a mosquito. He is buried in an olive grove on the Greek island of Skyros.
   He was on his way to the Dardanelles !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 24, 2009, 09:55:04 PM
On this day in 1916 Lt Humphrey Firman and Lt Commander Charles Cowley RNVR were both awarded posthumous V.C.s for attempting to relieve Kut-el-Amara- in Mesopotania. Their vessel SS Julnar had 270 tons of supplies on board when she was sunk in the action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 25, 2009, 11:24:51 PM
On this day in 1868 the last wooden capital ship, the eighth HMS Repulse, was launched. She was the last major ship launched at Woolwich.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 26, 2009, 08:24:43 PM
On this day in 1876 HMS Veron was established as topedo instruction ship and as a tender to Excellent became an independent command.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 27, 2009, 11:32:57 PM
On this day in 1915 V.C's were awarded to two submarine captains for remarkable actions against the Turks in the Sea of Marmara, resulting in a number of enemy ships being sunk.
Lt Commander Boyle in E14, and Lt Commander Dunbar-Nasmith in E11. Both survived to become admirals.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 28, 2009, 10:12:10 PM
On this date in 1864 A/B Samuel Mitchell, captain of the foretop on HMS Harrier was awarded a V.C. for rescueing Commander Hay. The action took place during the battle of Gate Pa in New Zealand.
Mitchell was presented with his medal in Australia, (a first) and following the presentation was led round cheering crowds seated on a horse.
Thats Jack for you.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 29, 2009, 01:48:16 PM
On this date in 1802 the Marines were made " Royal Marines" for meritorious service, by King George the third.

All real bootnecks would know that, but just in case read this to them !!! but don't tell them I said that.!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 30, 2009, 08:57:01 PM
On this day in1903 RNB Chatham was commissioned as H.M.S Pembroke. The barracks had cost £425,000
to build, and  previous accommodation had been three hulks anchored off, one of them named HMS Pembroke, the name was just transfered.

The barracks was built on the site of an old prison, not sure what that says, never got to Chats, but always thought old Pompey barracks had a bit of a "mind your fingers Jack"  about it !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 01, 2009, 06:05:32 PM
On this date in 1891 the Whale Island gunnery school was commissioned !
     H.M.S. Excellent was born.

 Went there to drill for Churchills funeral, but only lasted a day ! was shouted at by all manner of chaps in shiny boots with whistles and sticks, (still have nightmares) ! I should have sued somebody !! Churchill recovered, I didn't.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 02, 2009, 09:02:56 PM
 On this day in 1814 the great Admiral Alexander Hood 1st Viscount Bridpor died.

 This admiral got an awful lot of sea time in, and saw a great deal of action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 03, 2009, 11:33:35 PM
On this date in 1905, Fort Blockhouse was taken over from the Royal Engineers, and commissioned as HMS Dolphin. In 1999 it was closed down and the sub training moved into Raleigh. The famous 30ft escape training tower remained in place though and has reverted to the original name of Fort Blockhouse !


I suppose its a case of what goes round comes round.  ::)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 04, 2009, 09:57:25 PM
On this date in 1945 it was signaled that German U boats had been ordered to cease hostilities.

Donitz last message to his boats, "You have fought like lions. Unbeaten abd unblemished, lay down your arms after a heroic battle without equal".

Of the 1,155 boats that went into conflict, 725 had been lost. Crew members suffered 82% lost in action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 05, 2009, 09:09:03 PM
On this day in 1944, U473 was sunk by ships, Starling,Wild Goose and Wren, under the command of the legendary Walker R.N.
Walkers group had escorted the U.S. cruiser Milwaukee to Russia where she was made a gift to  the Russian Navy.The escort group had sunk two U boats,U653 and U961 on the way out, and sank U473 on the way back.
            30 survivors were picked up from the submarine.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 06, 2009, 11:40:19 AM
On this date in 1801 HMS Speedy captured the Spanish ship Gamo, 15 miles off Barccelona.

The Gamo had been specially built with 32 guns to catch Speedy a 14 gun sloop, as the Spaniards had lost a large number of their ships to her. The first fight, was Gamos last and Speedy's Captain the great Thomas Cochrane went on the take many more prizes.
  He ended up being buried in Westminister Abbey having made it to 85 years of age.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 17, 2009, 07:40:18 PM
On this date in 1917 the second experiment was carried out using sea lions to detect the presence of enemy submarines. Sea gulls had been tried earlier.
We packed it in at the end of the war, (WW1) but the Americans are still trying I hear ?  What ever ! do they have an RSPCA ?  >:(


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 18, 2009, 11:21:09 PM
On this date in 1941 Petty Officer Alfred Edward Sephton won his V.C.
Serving on HMS Coventry off Crete, his ship was assisting a hospital ship that had come under attack from German fighter bombers. His position was hit by machine gun fire, and a bullet actually passed through Sephtons body and injured an A/B next to him. Badly injured and partially blinded P.O. Sephton remained at his post until the end of the engagement. He died of his wounds the following day.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 19, 2009, 04:21:29 PM
On this date in1765 the Victualling yard at Gosport was officially established.
The yard was known as the "Weevil yard" until 1832 when it was expanded and renamed Royal Clarence Victualling yard.

Today the yard has been "excitingly redeveloped" its now waterside dwellings,with shops, pubs, and marina.
There may even be a "Burger Bar" in case Jack needs food, but cannot be sure about that, have not visited for many years.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 20, 2009, 02:32:17 PM
On this day in 1756 Admiral John Byng fought an indecisive battle with a comparable sized French fleet off Minorca. The French had taken over Minorca, and got settled in the capital Port Mahon and seemed set to stay. Byng decided that beating the French was not really on, and took off back to Gibraltar, to guard the rock in case the French had any designs on that.
There Lordships it seems took a dim view of this, particularly after the French surrendered Port Mahon soon after, without a shot being fired.
  Admiral Byng for his troubles was court martialled and shot on the quarter deck of HMS Monarch.
 
No seat in the Lords or pension for him then !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 21, 2009, 10:28:18 PM
On this date in 1941 HMS Juno was sunk during the battle of Crete by German aircraft.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 22, 2009, 09:49:12 PM
On this date in in 1943 all U-boats were recalled from the battle of the Atlantic.
Doenitz made the order after hearing that during the attack on convoy SC130 5 U-boats had been sunk without a single ship of the convoy being hit.
During May 1943 41 U-boats were lost in action, 38 of them in the Atlantic theatre.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 23, 2009, 09:29:42 PM
On this date in 1822, the R.N. launched their first steam ship at Deptford.
The ship HMS Comet of 238 tons was not approved of by the First Sea Lord,Lord Melville, he thought it would detract from the effectivness of the fleet.

Anyway steam caught on.    Stokers rule O.K. !!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 25, 2009, 10:27:18 PM
On this day in 1941 HMS Hood was sunk, and Prince of Wales damaged by Bismarck.

The engagement commenced at thirteen miles range at 0553.
Bismarck's second and third salvos struck the Hood at 0600, and she exploded.

Of Hoods crew of 1419 officers and men only 3 survived the action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 26, 2009, 11:02:35 PM
On this day in 1941 Swordfish aircraft from HMS Ark Royal scored two torpedo hits on the battle ship Bismarck. The strike jammed the battle ships rudder allowing the British task force to catch up with, and finally sink her.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 27, 2009, 10:57:26 PM
On this date in 1941 Bismarck was sunk. Bismarck had been tracked through the night of the 26th, and the battleships King George the V and Rodney engaged her on the 27th. Action was opened at eight miles range, and within 15 minutes Bismarck was badly damaged, within an hour and a half she was a wreck.
Bismarck sank at 1036, leaving only 110 survivors.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 28, 2009, 08:53:01 PM
On this date in 1798 Lord St.Vincent introduced the first sick berths into the British fleet. He ordered that a berth be specially set aside to care for sick and wounded men. These berths situated under the forcastle tended. as ships bows were rounded to resemble bay windows in appearance, and the term sick bay was adopted, and still remains in use today.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 29, 2009, 10:57:10 PM
On this date in 1877 the first torpedo to be fired in anger was launched by a British warship.
HMS Shah an unarmoured iron hulled frigate, in company with HMS Amethyst engaged the heavily armoured Peruvian turret ship Huascar which had been taken over by anti Peruvian government rebels.
Shah's guns had no effect on the armour of the Peruvian ship, so she launched the first torpedo ever at the enemy. It missed, the Huascar outran the torpedo.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 30, 2009, 10:15:35 PM
On this date in 1943 submarine HMS Untamed P-58, sank during a training exercise off Campbelltown.
The cause of the accident was eventually established as the faulty installation of valves.
The whole crew of 36 men were lost in the incident.
Untamed was raised and rebuilt to continue inactive service until the end of the war, but was renamed Vitality.
She was scrapped in 1946.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 31, 2009, 10:54:04 PM
On this date in 1916 Sir John Jellicoe flying his flag in HMS Iron Duke engaged the German fleet at the battle of Jutland. By the end of the action the British fleet had lost 14 ships and sustained 6748 casualties, the Germans lost 11 ships with casualties of 3058.
Among the decorations won in this action was the V.C. awarded to John Travers Cornwall, Boy first class.
The citation, for devotion to duty.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 02, 2009, 08:50:15 PM
Owing to a computer blip, I missed the 1st June !

On the first of June 1813 HMS Shannon captured the American Chesapeake,(pride of their navy).
The single ship action took place about twenty miles off Boston, Massachusetts, and took less than fifteen minutes!

Couldn't miss remembering that action. The truth is often better than any fiction.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 02, 2009, 09:23:46 PM
On this date in 1913 it was reported that a submarine rammed the battleship HMS Prince of Wales.
It stated that the battleship received on damages!
The Prince of Wales was a predreadnought Battleship of about 15000 tons with nine inch armour plate round the whole of her hull.
The unfortunate submarine a C class boat laid down in 1909 is not obviously mentioned re damage, which rather shows the pecking order of importance in the fleet at this time.
The sub however did end her days when she ran ashore in the Gulf of Riga and was blown up in October 1917.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 03, 2009, 09:52:37 PM
On this day in1896 Frederick John Walker was born.
Know to many as Walker R.N. or Johnny Walker, he was one of only a couple of men ever to win the DSO four times!
Passed over in the peace time navy, he went on to become what many believe to be the greatest naval officer of modern times. Walker sank 20 "U" boats, 2 by ramming, 3 by gunfire, 15 by depth charging.

It was Walker and his group who kept the English Channel free from U boats during the "D" day crossing, if he had failed it is certain wholesale loss of life would have occurred before the landings could have started.

Walkers early death was almost certainly the result of his commitment to duty.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 04, 2009, 08:36:20 PM
On this day in 1940 Operation "Dynamo" -the evacuation of forces off the beaches of Dunkirk was completed.

338,226 troops in total were picked up and transported.

It should not be overlooked that  6 British and three French destroyers were lost, together with 8 passenger ships. 19 other destroyers were badly damaged.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 05, 2009, 03:18:03 PM
On this date in 1917 the first experiments were started with ASDIC devices at Harwich.

 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 06, 2009, 12:10:19 PM
On this day in 1944 Operation Neptune - The Normandy landings  commenced.
 

6833 ships took part in the operation of which 78% were British/Canadian, 17% American 5% French-Norwegian-Dutch-Polish_Greek.

10,000 Royal Marines took part, manning no less than two thirds of the assault landing craft. Up the Royals !

Incidentally on this day in1868 Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antartic) was born.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 07, 2009, 09:18:21 PM
On this date in 1915 Reginald Alexander John Warneford became the first Royal Naval airman to win a V.C.
When flying from Ghent, Warneford attacked and destroyed the German airship LZ37, by flying above it and dropping bombs onto the craft below. The airship exploded throwing Warneford's aircraft upside down, and cutting out his engine. Warneford had no choice but to land in hostile territory, but after working on his plane for thirty minutes he restarted his engine and returned to base.
 
Warneford was to die just ten days later when ferrying a new aircraft to his base, the aircraft broke up in midflight, and crashed killing both Warneford and his passenger.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 08, 2009, 09:43:27 PM
On this day in 1940, the carrier HMS Glorious and her destroyer escorts Ardent and Acasta were sunk.

Glorious and escorts were returning from Norway when they were caught unawares by the German battle cruisers Sharnhorst and Gneisenau. The destroyers attempted to divert the German attack with smokescreen and torpedo attacks, but the Germans accurate fire opened from 14 miles range sank all three ships. Acastra had managed to to score a torpedo hit on Scharnhorst abreast the after turret damaging her severely, but the battle lasted only 98 minutes.

From the three British ships only 48 crew members survived the action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 09, 2009, 05:00:59 PM
On this date in 1860, an initial commission to an officer with subsequent appointments replaced the practice of issuing seperate commissions for each appointment.

 Made life a bit easier anyway.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Gary on June 10, 2009, 02:07:20 PM
Hi Mate
Regarding your piece on Walker R.N. " Johnny Walker " that you posted earlier.
You may be intrested to know that a bronze statue of him is in place outside the Royal Liver building in Liverpool. I used to work in the Liver building and it appears that the building played an important part during WW2. The defence of Atlantic convoys was organised from the Liver building and Derby house.
As a precaution against air attack on the Liver building which as you are aware is quite a landmark and would I suppose be a prime target for the Lufftwaffe and hard to miss the planning of the convoy escorts and the hunter pack led by Johnny Walker was done underground at Derby House which was the main place for combined operations, navy and air force, where the Battle of the Atlantic was planned and organised by Commander-in-Chief Western Approaches, Sir Max Horton.

I have posted a couple of photos in the Gallery for you to see
Cheers
Gary


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 10, 2009, 08:50:44 PM
Many thanks Gary, was getting a bit worried not hearing from you for a bit. Tried to send you a copy of the latest Flat Top (your article is in it) but the message bounced. Anyway thanks for the Walker info, Walker has been a hero of mine for many years, my father did escort duty with him for a short while and thought he was the best ! My email add is in the members list under stoker Stan, give me a buzz and I will respond with mag print.

Take Care Stan


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 10, 2009, 08:56:01 PM
On this date in 1960 HMS Devonshire the first operational Guided Missile ship was launched, D02 !
On this date in1970 the first Type 42 destroyer HMS Sheffield was launched.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 11, 2009, 02:12:00 PM
On this date in 1779, Nelson made "Post Captain", he was twenty.

At this time once an officer "made post", ie was appointed to a captains command, he was immediately  placed on a list for promotion, the top of which was Admiral of the Fleet. Officers shuffled up the list, unless they got killed of court martialed, (both events quite common).
  In Nelsons case he got as far as Vice Admiral, then left the list in a well known blaze of glory, at 47.
   Collingwood also went out as a Vice Admiral.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 12, 2009, 08:25:55 PM
On this date in 1869, HMS Monarch was completed. The Monarch was the first sea going masted turrent ship,and was the fastest thing afloat in her day under steam. It was said that Monarch was also fast under sail, but tricky to control! Monarch was a battle ship, which saw a good bit of action, and was the first ship to have 12inch guns, she was laid down in Chatham in June 1866, and completed on 12th June 69.
During her time she was subjected to several major alterations(rather like the Vic), one of the more radical features was the fitment of two torpedo canisters in 1878.
    The Monarch was sold for scrap in 1905.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 13, 2009, 05:05:11 PM
On this day in 1940 a strike force from HMS Ark Royal attacked the battleship Scharnhorst in Trondheim harbour. The force of 15 Skuas from 800 and 803 squadrons met very heavy resistance, and only one bomb hit the target, and that failed to explode. 8 planes failed to return from the operation, and 800 squadron was reduced to only two aircraft.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 14, 2009, 05:53:08 PM
On this date in 1940 Able Seaman R.G.Tawn rendered safe the first German parachute mine of the war.
He did it working in seven fathoms in Poole harbour,and managed to remove the fuze from a type G.C. mine.
He was awarded the D.S.M for his actions.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 15, 2009, 09:27:16 PM
On this day in 1780, HMS Apollo engaged a large French privateer, the Stanislaus off Ostend.
The newly promoted lieutenant Edward Pellow took over the fighting of Apollo when his captain was shot dead, and succeeded in dismasting the enemy ship, and finally running it ashore.
 A short time later, Pellow was given command of his own ship, a sloop, and as history tells, never really looked back.
The Hornblower yarns are good, the truth is even better.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 16, 2009, 10:44:01 PM
On this date in 1955 thirteen members of the crew of the submarine H.M.S. Sidon were killed when an explosion took place in the boat.
The Sidon was lying alongside the depot ship Maidstone in Portland harbour, she was about to test a new HTP fueled torpedo. The fuel in one of the torpedo's exploded blowing out hatches and killing a number of men. The sub sank and despite rescue attempts other crew members were also lost.
       All the crew members who perished are buried in Portland cemetery.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 17, 2009, 09:32:17 PM
On this date in 1916, the German airship Zeppelin L48 was shot down after getting a bit lost on a bombing raid over the South of England.

It was a good day for the Royal Navy as the German Naval Signal books were found on one of the airships survivors.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 18, 2009, 09:09:47 PM
On this date in 1855 Captain William Peel V.C. R.N. led the first scaling party at the assult of Redan during the Crimean war. He was severely wounded in the action. Peel had won his V.C. while with the Naval Brigade in an earlier action, a live shell with its fuse burning had fallen amongst cases of powder, Peel had picked up the shell and thrown it over the parapet, the shell exploded almost instantly after leaving his hands.
Peel had also been noted amongst other events, for helping a hard pressed guards regiment retain its colours when they had been in danger of being captured.

   Peel died of Smallpox at Cawnpore in 1858 aged just 34


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 19, 2009, 09:28:03 PM
On this date in 1940 the Armed Trawler H.M.T Moonstone was operating out of Aden. Detecting a submarine on her Asdic, she launched depth charges. Contact was initially lost but an hour later contact was reestablished and further depth charges brought the Italian sub Galileo Galilei, to the surface. A gun battle then ensued,but a four inch shell through the subs conning tower brought a swift surrender.
The sub was eventually towed back to Aden by a destroyer, and documents found in the sub led to the sinking of another Italian submarine.

This story went on with awards to Naval personnel who disarmed torpedo's in the sub, a remarkable tale.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 21, 2009, 12:02:54 AM
On this date in 1944 it was announced that Lt John Bridges had received the George Cross for bomb and mine disposal. He already had the George medal and bar.
Lt Bridges R.N.V.R had entered the Navy as a volunteer,and received one weeks familiarisation training on German bombs and mines.Three weeks later he had defused his first live mine,and in the next five months his teams had dealt with over 100 more.
Through the rest of the war Bridges worked on unexploded mines and bombs,clearing harbours and bridges, often working in or under water,in numerous locations from Falmouth to Sicily,and on D day plus one, he was clearing mines from the beaches at Arromanches. He was on constant call from the army when they were faced with particularly difficult mined bridges etc
John Bridges had been a science teacher at a secondary school in Sheffield before the war, and at the wars end he returned to his old job,although subsequently he was made director of education for Sunderland.
                    He passed away in 2006


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 21, 2009, 09:10:56 PM
 On this date in 1919 the German High Sea Fleet was scuttled at Scapa Flow.
11 battleships, 5 battle cruisers and 22 destroyers sunk, and 5 cruisers and 18 destroyers beached.

   The end of a great fleet.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 22, 2009, 07:10:30 PM
On this day in 1923 the R.M.A. (Blue Marines) amalgamated with the R.M.L.I. (Red Marines), becoming the Royal Marines.
The barracks of the Red Marines, Forton barracks at Gosport was closed, but it was later to become H.M.S. St Vincent.

What goes round comes round (if they don't knock it down)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 23, 2009, 04:02:35 PM
Viscount Alexander Hood Bridgeport,(younger brother of Samuel Lord Hood) joined the navy in 1741 aged 14. He had a great career, serving for 59 years a lot of that time at sea. He retired in 1800 only because he was in the wrong political party when the government changed !
As a young officer he fought a number of single ship actions,and in later years was involved in major fleet actions his famous one fought today in 1795, when he took on the French Admiral Villaret-Joyeuse, and captured three of his ships.
  His monument tells us, "For his bravery, for his abilities,
                                  For his advancement in his profession,
                                  For his attachment to his King and Country,
                                  Consult the annals of the British Navy
                                  in which they are written in indelible characters"    Not bad for a vicars son.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 24, 2009, 07:41:39 PM
  On this day in 1869 moustaches were banned in the R.N. and beards permitted !

     Get in there scurs !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 25, 2009, 10:29:24 PM
 On this date in 1975 H.M.S Salisbury completed the final patrol in the blockade of Rhodesia, the Beira Patrols ! The patrols that had started in 1966, will still be remembered by a great many sailors of the Royal Navy!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 26, 2009, 09:04:21 PM
On this day in 1897, the biggest fleet ever seen was assembled for a Spithead Review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria. Among the 165 ships were battle ships (the pride of the British fleet) and at the far end sailing brigs, the last of the sail powered fleet.
 Every steam powered ship at the review was fitted with reciprocating engines,and the recently invented steam turbine engine was of no interest to the Admiralty,despite the efforts of its inventor, one Charles Algernon Parsons. Parsons had refined his turbine engine, and fitted it to a small craft, as the Royal Review commenced, watched by many of the crowned heads of Europe,the small craft named Turbinia, shot into sight and steamed the length of the review. A picket sent to intercept her could not catch her, and by royal request Turbinia did a return victory steam past.
The Review staged just 17 years later saw every major vessel fitted with turbines.
The first order placed by Admiralty 1n 1898 for a turbine driven ship was the destroyer HMS Viper.
  My second ship in the 1960s was still fitted with reciprocating engines- HMS Dalrymple !!!!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 27, 2009, 07:26:33 PM
On this date in 1941 Convoy PQ17 set sail for Russia.

    33 merchant vessels set sail 24 were lost on the outward voyage, and 3 more on the return leg.
 U boats were the main problem factor, but German aircraft were able to operate at will from captured Norwegian airfields.This level of loss had a profound effect on the war effort, and brought a halt for a period of time in Conoy traffic to Russia.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 28, 2009, 07:07:45 PM


         On this date in 1977 the Fleet was reviewed by her Magesty the Queen to celibrate her Silver  Jubilee.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on June 28, 2009, 09:43:04 PM
Stan a bit on the Turbinia

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk290/Pheasey44/Odds/Turbinia.jpg)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Gary on June 29, 2009, 11:37:44 AM
Hi Dave/Stan
I remember seeing a programme with Fred Dibnah. Think it was called the "age of steam" and he visited  the actual vessel at a museum somewhere. It was amazing to see the engine room that housed the turbines. It must have been murder for the poor old stokie in there. Shame you did not get the job Stan as I would imagine that it would either need someone with either a huge sense of humour or a death wish!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 29, 2009, 07:34:37 PM
Thank you Gary !! I see you chose to overlook my bit about recips !! D. Haughton (Vic member) and I got draft to HMS Dalrymple in Londonderry on surveys ! She had reciprocating engines that had to be seen to be believed, and was something like a horror film in rough weather! the stokers mess deck flooded regularly because all the scuttles leaked,the oil (soogy?) mixture of oil and soap splashed in a mad spray all over the engine room, and the boiler brickwork kept falling down. Where did we operate ? Bay of Biscay in winter testing the effectiveness of submarine sounding gear (or something)
Only good thing I can recall, Haughton was brilliant at crawling into hot boiler furnaces and rebuilding brickwork, I occasionally sat in the boiler-room and urged him on.

I blamed the drafter in Pompy barracks for sending me.
and Dave, the picture of Tubinia looks more comfortable than Dalrymple ever was... she was a happy ship though !!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 29, 2009, 07:45:24 PM
On this day in 1940 HMS Enterprise took the bulk of the bullion from the Bank of England to Canada.

 (Mr Brown I think took the rest recently) ?


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 30, 2009, 07:38:30 PM
          
      
         This day in 1797 was a bad day for Parker, the leader of the Nore Mutiny.
                     
                  He was hanged.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 01, 2009, 09:07:28 PM
   

       On this day in 1914 the RNAS was formed from the RFC Naval wing.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 02, 2009, 08:44:42 PM
     


     On this day in 1940 Swordfish of 812 Sq. with aircraft from Coastal command attacked the invasion barges concentrated in Rotterdam.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 04, 2009, 12:00:02 AM
On this day in 1940 Admiral Somerville in the Hood opened fire on a French fleet based in Mers-el-Kerber 
a port in Algeria.
The French Fleet had been presented with four options, to join the British fleet opposing Germany,hand the ships over to British crews, scuttle the fleet, or disarm the ships.
The French rejected all the options, and a subsequent choice of sailing the fleet to the West Indies and placing it under American control was also rejected.

   Five French ships were badly damaged and a battleship sunk, with 1,250 men being killed.
The Vichy French government broke off diplomatic communications with Britain.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 04, 2009, 02:09:26 PM
 Buried in the Cohb Old Church Cemetery (Cork) is Captain F.D. Parslow V.C.
On this day in 1915 Parslow was in command of a unarmed horse transport vessel "Anglo Californian". A German submarine surfaced and opened fire on the ship, and Parslow increased to maximum speed and radioed for help.The vessel was hit on numerous occasions,and Parsons stopped engines to give his crew the opportunity to take to the boats.The submarine signalled for immediate surrender,and continued to fire, the bridge being virtually removed,but a destroyer had signaled that he was making speed to help, and asked that Parslow keep command to allow the warship to bear down. Parslow remained with his ship restarting the engines and occupied the submarine until the destroyers arrival, during the whole period Parslow stayed at the wheel despite sustained fire which eventually took his life.
Parslow, and his son who was first officer of the vessel where both given RNR rank to enable them to receive awards of V.C and D.S.C. respectively


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 05, 2009, 02:53:39 PM
On this date in 1811, Cressy,Defense,Dictator, Sheldrake and Bruizer, with a convoy of 108 sail, beat off a Danish flotilla of 17 gunboats and ten heavy rowboats off Hjelm Island Kattegat, capturing 4 gunboats and 3 rowboats.

   If the present government hear of this the current deterrent may well go down the tubes,!
      Can submariners row ? were those rowboats mothballed properly, how fast can we get them into commission, (would the Danes demand their return???)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 06, 2009, 02:38:58 PM
 After Trafalgar the R.N. found the pursuit and capture of Slave ships to be a celebrated and sometimes lucrative job, not I would add without risk on occasion.

     On this day in 1815 H.M.S. Acorn became famous by capturing an infamous Portuguese slaver,
  the "Gabrial" 300 miles off Sierra Leone.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 10, 2009, 09:06:22 PM
 On this day in 1943 Operation Husky began. The operation, aimed to take over the island of Sicily and pave the way for the invasion of the Italian mainland, involved 199 British Warships 68 American and 12 from other Allied countries.
During the operation the Navy and Airforces landed 115,00 British troops and  66,000 Americans.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 11, 2009, 05:14:48 PM
On this day in 1939 an inaugural dinnerwas held in the Painted Hall in the R.N. College at Greenwich, attended by King George V1.
This allowed the hall to again be used by for its original purpose of as an officers ward-roon and dining room.

Nelsons body was laid out in this room on his return from Trafalgar.
   Well worth a viewing, now open to the public.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 12, 2009, 10:17:50 PM
On this day in 1871, the first Ocean going Capital ship to be built that did not carry sails was launched in Portsmouth dockyard.
   The ship, H.M.S. Devastation was also the first ship whose entire main armament was mounted on top of the hull rather than inside it.
         She was broken up in1908.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 13, 2009, 04:53:04 PM
On this day in 1860 marine John Dalliger made Naval history. Dalliger was in fact the last man to be hanged from the yard arm in the Royal Navy.

Marine John Dalliger RMLI was aboard H.M.S. Levin on the China station, he was in trouble having been accused of theft, but his case had been suspended, and he had been returned to duty as an officers servant, allowed to move round the ship. He managed to get a pistol, and shot his commanding officer in the back of the head ( a wound he did recover from later), and then for good measure shot a second officer. He was charged with attempted murder on two counts, and hauled up the Yard three days after sentence.
     One way to get into the history books I suppose.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 14, 2009, 08:38:51 PM
On this date in 1779 the schooner Egmont was taken by the American Privateer Wild Cat off Cape Spear, Newfoundland. Captain Samuel Reeve of H.M.S. Surprise received intelligence of an American ship operating in the area, and immediately sailed from St Johns Harbour where he had been laying up.
Before midnight on the same day, Surprise had chased down and captured the Wild Cat freeing the captain and crew of the Egmont.
Samuel Reeve was an active captain, and in the next few months had hunted down and caught two more American Privateers, Jason and the Monmouth, both large well armed vessels.

    Now there is a story for Hollywood to tell,  but probably not !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 15, 2009, 09:15:30 PM
John Shepperd V.C. came from Hull in Yorkshire, which may go someway to explaining his actions.

On this day in1855 John set out in a punt he had specially constructed with an explosive device built into it to sink a Russian Battle ship in Careening Bay, during the Crimean War.
John rowed into the bay filled with ships, but was stopped part way in by block ships.
Not to be put off he managed to row out again, and repeated to exercise the following day.
He never actually blew the battleship up, but he did get the V.C. and was later promoted from
 Boatswains Mate to Boatswains mate first class !
  If he had sunk the Russian ship, they may have made him a Leading hand.... maybe.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 16, 2009, 12:19:26 PM
  On this day in 1795, Admiralty commenced sending and receiving signals by the new Shutter Telegraph system. A signal could be sent through in fifteen minutes, providing the weather was clear.


Sounds a bit like the energy windmills now, great! if the wind blows ! 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 17, 2009, 04:29:35 PM
On this day in 1945 saw the first combined attack on the Japanese mainland by the combined American task force and the British Pacific fleet. Carriers Formidable, Indefatigable and Victorious attacked airfields and the Port od Osaka.
The Americans sought out the Japanese capital ships, remembering Pearl Harbour.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 18, 2009, 06:59:31 PM
     


      On this day in 2009 Henry Allingham crossed the bar.
         The oldest man in the world at 113

          A good innings Henry.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 19, 2009, 06:04:44 PM
 

      On this day in 1779 Fruit Juice was ordered for the Fleet as a remedy for Scurvy


           On occasion I put a dash of blackcurrent in my rum. I haven't had scurvy once !
      Pusser was always ahead of the game.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 20, 2009, 08:48:45 PM
   Sorry about this, I should have told you Yesterday !

      On the 19th July 1837 by an order of Council ! The Engine room branch was established.


  Ever since.... Stokers rule O.K.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 21, 2009, 05:36:34 PM
  On this day in 1588 the first engagement with the Spanish Armada took place off the Eddistone.

  Queen Bess had not done a great job in maintaining a peace time Navy, and had to cobble together a mix of ships mostly from the Merchant service, and some of her better vessels were borrowed from local civilians. Helped by wind, tide, and a good deal of luck, the lads saw off the might of Spain.

  Sounds all very familiar


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 22, 2009, 10:23:37 AM
  On this day in 1903 the Royal Marines School of Music was opened.

      Good one Royal !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 23, 2009, 10:07:44 PM
   

        On this day in 1759 the keel of H.M.S. Victory was laid down.



        Seems to have lasted well !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 24, 2009, 07:43:21 PM
On this day in in 1941 H.M.S. Victorious in company with Furious, Suffolk,Devonshire and six destroyers having left Scapa Flow the previous evening, set out to attack enemy transports in Norway and Finland.
They were part of Force P.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 25, 2009, 08:09:37 PM
 On this day in 1944 Victorious with surface ships of the Eastern fleet engaged Japanese shore defences for the first time since assuming the offensive. The Operation Crimson was an air strike and bombardment of Sabang, Sumatra.
FAA squadrons included  831,1834 1836 1838 operating off Victorious.



It has to be noted as well that on this day in 1797, Nelson lost his right arm in the attack on Santa Cruz.
     Not a good day for Horace or the Japanese it seemed.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 26, 2009, 05:34:50 PM

    On this day in 1945 the last ship to be sunk in the War went down.
  H.M.S. Vestal was hit by a Kamikaze plane and sank off Phuket Island.
   

The area is now a popular holiday diving destination, and some work has been done to find Vestal and other vessels known to be in the area.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 27, 2009, 10:48:02 PM
  On this day in 1778 Admiral the Hon Augustus Keppel in Victory fought Vice Admiral Comte d'Orvilliers off Ushant. The battle was the only significant encounter between the British and French fleets in Home waters in the American war.

The battle was a confused affair, and Keppel complained later that the government had failed to keep the fleet maintained properly, and that there had been government interference in the way he had to operate.


Some things don't change it seems.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 28, 2009, 03:59:33 PM
 On this day in 1588 the Spanish Armada was in the Calais Roads in fairly good order it seems.

An attack was launch by the English fleet releasing six fire ships into the Spanish vessels causing some consternation,and a break up of their sailing order and discipline, from which they never fully recovered.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 29, 2009, 09:26:20 PM
On this day in 1945 the Battleship King George V. together with other ships of the Eastern fleet, bombarded Hamamatsu, Honshu.
 
   This was the final time a British Battleship used her guns against an enemy target.

 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 30, 2009, 09:36:23 PM
 On this day in1941 Victorious and Furious launched attacks at Kirkenes,Norway and Petsamo, Finland respectivly. Unfortunatly enemy aircraft had spotted the British fleet, and fighter aircraft and concentrated anti aircraft fire led to Victorious losing 13 aircraft in the action, 11 Albacores and 2 Fulmars.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on July 31, 2009, 09:28:17 PM
 On this date in 1945 Lt Ian Fraser DSC together with Leading Seaman James Magennis took their midget submarine through several minefields, up the Jahore Straits to Singapore, to lodge their explosives under a Japanese heavy cruiser. The operational difficulties overcome in this action are beyond words.

 Both men won the Victory Cross.

  Lt. Cmdr Fraser crossed the bar in Sept 08.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 01, 2009, 07:47:20 PM
" Glorious first of August the busiest night in my life" (Recollections of John Nicol a mariner in Nelsons Navy)

On this day in 1798 Nelson defeated the French fleet in Aboukir Bay,Egypt.
Bonaparte intent on capturing Egypt, and blockading the British trade routes to India (we had lost a bit of business with America by this time) had taken the French fleet with him.
Nelson, after quite a run round caught up with the French fleet at anchor in what was believed to be a very safe location. Against the perceived wisdom Nelson sailed inshore of the anchored ships and attacked from their landward side, the French were totally routed with immense losses.
The French ship L'Orient blew up scattering bodies and timber for miles, and the poem "The boy stood on the burning deck" was born.

Not a lot learned from history on this day in 1914 Naval Mobilisation was ordered for the British fleet.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 02, 2009, 08:25:24 PM
 On this day in 1917 Commander Dunning D.S.C made the first deck landing by flying a Sopworth Pup onto a flightdeck built over the forward section of H.M.S. Furious in Scapa Flow.

Commander Dunning was killed five days later during a second landing attempt when an updraft caught his port wing throwing the plane over the side and rendering the commander unconscious- he drowned in his cockpit.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 03, 2009, 09:33:30 PM
On this day in 1901 the first turbine-powered destroyer came to grief.
 HMS Viper was taking part in manoeuvres in the Channel Islands when she hit the Renonquet reef at speed.

The case for turbine power had been well made by Viper however, she could hit 36 knots (as well as reefs), a speed unheard of prior to this.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 04, 2009, 09:11:40 PM
On this day in 1804, the great Admiral Duncan- Viscount Camperdown died suddenly.
 The Admiral appointed as Commander-in-chief of the Northern Seas won his fame (and fortune) when on the 11th Oct 1797 he engaged and totally defeated the Dutch fleet in a pitched battle.
Admiral Duncan employed a direct approach and a cutting of the enemy lines in much the same way as Nelson was to do at Traffalgar. As with Nelsons ship Victory, Duncans ship HMS Venerable, was hammered by enemy fire almost to the point of sinking, and when his colours were shot down, a famous story recounts how a seaman volenteered to climb the mast, in a hail of fire to nail the colours in place.
  Duncans fleet of eighteen ships took eleven prizes from the Dutch, a remarkable achievement by any standards, and on return to England Duncan was awarded the largest pension ever given.
   
Duncan died suddenly at 73 and his grave is in a little churchyard at Lundie.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 05, 2009, 09:45:40 PM
     



   On this day in 1864 the White Ensign was allotted to the Royal Navy,blue to the RNR and red to the Merchant service.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 06, 2009, 07:42:35 PM


      On this day in 1861 the First Edition of Queen's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions out !

         The QR and AI beloved by every Crusher and Jossman in the Service.  Get your cap lad.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 07, 2009, 07:09:48 PM




     On this day in 1826 Third Class engineer Thomas Brown became the first R.N. Engineer Officer.

   
       Nice one Tommy... Stokers Rule O.K.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 08, 2009, 11:38:48 PM
On this day in 1854 Lt. Bythesea and Leading Stoker William Johnson won the V.C.
The Captain of HMS Arrogant had been advised that important dispatches from the Russian Tsar were to be dropped off at Waldo Island for onward delivery to Bomarsand by road but under escort of soldiers. The young lieutenant Bythesea convinced the captain that he may be able to capture them. Despite reservations from Senior officers the lieutenant took only stoker Johnson with him, (Johnson being able to speak the local Swedish language). The pair rowed ashore under cover of night, landed and convinced a local farmer(who didn't like Russians) to house them and loan them local peasant dress. They were able to ambush the five man army couriers, capturing the highly important dispatches, and taking three of the Russians prisoner, and even forcing them to do the rowing back to Arrogant.
 Lt Bythesea went to the palace to receive his medal, and went on to have a very successful career in the service. Stoker Johnson went on a foreign, got his medal on the ship, and little seems to have been recorded about him since !!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 10, 2009, 10:30:29 PM
On this day in 1945 the British Pacific Fleet achieved a record in the quantitiy of bombs dropped and ammunition fired in any one day by the Fleet Air Arm. The four Fleet Carriers achieved a record for a single days operational flying with 407 sorties by their Corsairs,Avengers Fireflies and Seafires. More than 60 Japanese aircraft were destroyed,and ten major vessels and a large number of smaller craft were destroyed.
 
Lt. Robert Hampton Gray DSC,RCNVR flying off HMS Formidable was awarded the Posthumous V.C.
during this action.

9th August.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 10, 2009, 10:53:21 PM
On this date in 1794 Calvi, Corsica capitulated to the forces under General Charles Stuart, and Captain Horatio Nelson (Agamemnon).

Unfortunatly for Nelson he had already been hit in the face by a stone shard that was to effect his eye for the rest of his service, before the fighting ended.






10th Aug.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 11, 2009, 09:18:30 PM
On this day in 1942 HMS Eagle was hit by four torpedoes and sank 70 miles south of Cape Salinas.

Eagle together with Victorious and Indomitable and their escorts, were part of the convoy  known as Operation Pedestal, the supply of planes and stores to the beleaguered Malta.

   Eagle was torpedoed by the German U boat U73, which was itself sunk in December 1943 by surface craft.
        Eagle lost 160 Officers and men mostly from the Engineering department.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 12, 2009, 08:12:36 PM
On this date in 1915 C.H.K.Edmonds became the first pilot to sink a ship by torpedo, when he scored a direct hit on a Turkish merchant ship.
Edmonds was flying off the ship Ben-My-Chree, unfortunatly the Turks got their revenge in January 1917, when Turkish shore artillery managed in turn to sink the Ben-My-Chree.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 13, 2009, 09:13:17 PM
On this date in 1945, H.M.S Victorious left Japanese waters heading for Australia on the first leg of her trip back home. She took onboard among other people a number of ex P.O.Ws.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 14, 2009, 09:22:24 PM
On this date in 1917 Thomas Crisp, skipper of an armed fishing smack won his V.C.
The smack "Ill Try" had been armed with a number of other fishing vessels, in an attempt to curb submarine attacks on small merchant vessels, and in January 1917 she had successfully sunk a German "U" boat. In August she sighted another boat and went into the attack. Unfortunately the sub was prepared, and outgunned the smack, and in the ensuing gun battle the smack was hit below the waterline. Crisp continued to return fire however, but a direct hit from an enemy shell carried away the total lower part of Skipper Crisp's body. Astonishingly, Crisp continued to issue commands, ensuring his confidential books were disposed of, and significantly ordering the release of "Red Cock" their admiralty supplied carrier pigeon with message attached !
   Red Cock made landfall,and a rescue vessel picked up the smacks survivors.

Skipper Crisp had refused to attempt to leave his vessel knowing he was mortally wounded, he went down with his ship.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 15, 2009, 08:11:46 PM
On this day in 1942 Victorious at Gibraltar embarked the survivors from HMS Eagle for passage to Rosyth.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 16, 2009, 11:37:03 PM
On this day in 1915 the Fishing Smack Inverlyon sank the German Submarine UB4.
Inverlyon, a 50 ton fishing smack, sailed powered with no radio or engine, had been fitted with a three pound gun, and three Royal Naval ratings had been attached to her as crew members. This type of smack was known as a "Q" boat and was specifically designed to deter attacks on the fishing fleets that German subs were regularly sinking in increasing numbers.
Inverlyon was hailed by UB4 on the 16th, and the sub approached with the intention of sinking the smack with explosives. RN gunner Ernest Martin Jehan, manning the Inverlyons gun allowed the sub to approach to within 30 yds before running up the white ensign and opening fire. His first three shots blew away much of the conning tower, and six more rounds sunk the submarine.
    In February 1917 the Inverlyon had returned to her full time fishing role without armament,
      she was sunk by a German submarine.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 17, 2009, 04:35:09 PM
On this date in 1941 HMS Manxman disguised as a French cruiser left England and made speed to Gibralter.
Passing Gib, the crew dressed in French uniforms, and the Tricolour was hoisted. During the night her disguise was removed and she laid mines in the Gulf of Genoa off Leghorn, then retired at high speed to Gib, then back to U.K.

  Great ship Manxman, bit heavy on the fuel consumption, but fast !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 18, 2009, 09:50:13 PM
On this date in 1919 Commander Claude Congreve Dobson R.N. won his V.C.
Dobson was serving with the North Russia Relief Force, and was in command of the Coastal Motor boat Flotilla. Dobson led his force of 55 foot motor boats through a chain of forts to the entrance of Kronstadt harbour and passing under heavy machine gun fire launched his two torpedoes into the battle ship Andei Pervozvanny, sinking her. He subsequently retired back in his CMB 31 through heavy fire regaining the open sea.
Lt.Gordan Charles Steel in CMB 88 was also awarded the V.C for his part in this action.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 19, 2009, 06:01:32 PM
On this date Admiral Edward Boscowen was born. One of our great admirals did a lot of sea time and fought some interesting actions.

  One of his contemporaries once said of him that he "was offensively minded and a courageous leader, who had a rare concern for the welfare of common seamen"

He died at the early age of fifty of a fever, and is buried in Cornwall.


Well worth looking up.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 20, 2009, 04:12:00 PM
On this day in 1896 was made the first R.N. Wireless transmission.
     Captain H.B.Jackson of H.M.S. Defiance developed a device that could recieve Morse transmissions.
He later worked with Marconi when he was testing his kit,and in 1897 Defiance demonstrated the radio at ranges of up to two miles,when Defiance was at anchor, and H.M.S. Scourge was underway. Most of the work was done in Devonport.

These chaps were into everthing, and B.T. could use some help right now.!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 21, 2009, 05:14:19 PM
On this day in 1941 saw the start of the first convoys to Northern Russia.



  "Sometimes our enemies become our friends-sometime our friends become our enemies"


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 30, 2009, 08:51:59 PM
On this date Stoker Stan returned from Hols will recommence tomorrow. 8)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on August 31, 2009, 09:33:59 PM
On this day in 1591 The Revenge under Sir Richard Grenville was engaged by a Spanish fleet of no less than 53 ships.Greenville had detached from the main English fleet to collect seamen who had been put ashore to recover from ailments and was cut off and totally surrounded by the Spaniards.
          Refusing to strike his colours Grenvilles crew fought off fifteen attempted boardings, and sank four of the enemy ships. After fighting for over fifteen hours, Grenville recieved mortal wounds and Revenge was out of powder and shot  Revenge was finally taken.
   


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 01, 2009, 08:07:07 PM
 
    On this day in 1867 HMS Cerebus was launched. First ship to dispense with sail, and to have fore and aft guns.





     

    Stokers rule ok.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 02, 2009, 09:12:46 PM
On this day in 1918 CPO George Prowse RNVR won his V.C.
CPO Prowse was with the RN Division in the attacks on the Hindenburg Line in France, and had already won a DSM when capturing a German machine gun  and for later holding a captured German position for over twenty four hours despite repeated enemy attacks.
On Setember 2 Prowse collected together a small group of men and attacked a German strong point capturing  5 machine guns and 23 men. He went on, to single handedly to attack an enemy ammunition limber which was recovering ammunition,he captured the limber,killed three men.
On the 4th Sept Prowse led an attack on two German machine guns which were located in a concrete emplacement,he killed six men took both guns and took 13 men prisoner.

  Prowse was killed in action on 27th Sept 1918,  he has no known grave.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 03, 2009, 10:58:04 PM
  

                     On this date in 1939 we declared war on Germany.


On this date HMS Plover laid the first British minefield of the war ! laying mines round Bass Rock to interupt the likely passage of U boats. It worked three Uboats hit her mines before they stopped using this passage.
Plover stayed in service for a further 21 years known to some of us as the Tender based at Vernon.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 04, 2009, 08:29:36 PM
 On this date in 1940 Eight Swordfish of 815 and 819 off Illustrious, attacked Callato airfield, Rhodes. Twelve Swordfish of 813 and 824 flying off Eagle attacked Maritza airfield also at Rhodes.
All part of operation M.B.3.
 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 05, 2009, 08:17:06 PM
On this date in 1914 HMS Pathfinder became the first ship to be sunk by a torpedo fired from a submarine!
Pathfinder was the first of her class of cruiser,and a problem with the class was the rate at which they burned fuel! Pathfinder was hit off St Abbes Head,Berkwickshire Scotland, and was making only 5 knots at the time, owing to her low level of remaining fuel, a veritable sitting duck.
Leutnant Zur See Otto Hersing was captain of the boat,and his torpedo hit Pathfinders Magazine causing same to explode. Pathfinder disintigrated with the loss of 259 men and only 11 survivors.

The sinking was observed from the shore, and a number of lurid article were written about what the local lifeboat eventually landed with.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 06, 2009, 08:36:29 PM
On this date in 1945, the Japanese forces in New Britain, New Guinea and the Solomens surrendered.
The Japanese led by Lt. General Imamura went aboard our light fleet carrier Hms Glory at Rabaul, and signed his surrender.

HMS Glory was one of the scaled down Illustrious class, (Colossus Class),which came through at the end of the war. She took an active role in the Korean war, and was in reserve untill 1961.

We have pictures on the Gallery of the signings.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 07, 2009, 10:40:07 PM
On this date in 1870 the only masted turret ship in the Navy rolled over in a gust of wind and sank with the loss of 480 men, only 18 crew survived.

H.M.S. Captain was the brain child of one Cowper Phipps Coles, he had tried out the idea of having rotating turrets on rafts that he had built some years earlier, with some success. There was some considerable opposition to his ideas, but he pushed his plans through, and got his ship built.
She launched in April 1870, and capsized  off Cape Finisterre in September.
The ship carried 50,000 square foot of sail fully rigged, and the captain feeling the ship heeling over out of control had ordered the topsail to be cut away, but it was too late and she rolled over.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 08, 2009, 08:49:41 PM
   



  On this day in 1943 Italy surrendered and signed the armistice.

    Not sure their hearts were ever really in it,and we had made an awful mess of their navy.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 09, 2009, 09:17:29 PM
On this date in 1943, the 41 Royal Marine Commando landed in Italy as part on the Salerno Landings.

The Marines in a move aimed at taking Naples from German control landed and captured the town of Vietri.
The Commandoes were engaged for four days in heavy fighting against elements of five Crack German divisions.

 9th September is the Memorial date for of 41 Commando Royal Marines.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 10, 2009, 10:26:30 PM


           On this date in 1944 Erebus and Warspite bombarded Le Havre.


                         Comment and Discuss !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 11, 2009, 10:05:54 PM
Today the Fleet Air Arm Memorial dedication ceremony took place at the National Memorial Arboretum.
The new Fleet Air Arm Memorial is an oval sculpted plinth of Portland stone supporting a granite aircraft carrier.
 Four Rowan trees are to be planted in the existing avenue of oak trees, these to serve as a memorial to the four Fleet Air Arm recipients of the Victoria Cross.

  The National Memorial continues to improve, and this addition is worthy of its place.

     


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 12, 2009, 08:05:35 PM
On this day in 1941 Victorious carried out air attacks against shipping and oil storage tanks at Glomfjord
and D/F station at Rost Island, Norway.




Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 13, 2009, 10:32:58 PM



             On this date in 1941 the Victorious returned to Scapa Flow.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 14, 2009, 09:00:19 PM
 

On this day in 1909 the Tribal Class destroyer Viking was launched.
   Vikings claim to fame is the fact that she is the only ship of the Royal Navy to have been fitted with six funnels.

(In 1943 a motor gun boat was launched by the R.N. and named "The Gay Viking")
   
   Was she ahead of her time ? she sank in 1945 following a collision.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 15, 2009, 08:39:09 PM
     


     On this day in 1966 the submarine Resolution was launched.
         The first R.N. Polaris submarine.


   Remember it well !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 17, 2009, 12:02:00 AM
 On this date in 1914 HMS Dwarf a motor gun boat was rammed by a German government steamer Nachtegal in the Bimbia River, West Africa. The steamer it seems however was eventually sunk by Dwarf, but details are a bit hard to find!


  Further investigation needed.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 17, 2009, 07:33:04 PM
  On this day in 1939 the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Courageous was sunk.

Courageous was launched in 1916 and had originally been a battle cruiser, in 1939 she was carring a crew of over 1200 men. U29, under the German captain Schuart had shadowed Courageous for some time before he managed to get into position to fire three torpedoes at her, and at 1940 hours two of the torpedoes struck. Courageous took less that fifteen minutes to sink, going down off the Southwest coast of Ireland with a loss of 519 men, including her captain.

   The sinking of Courageous represented the first offensive action Germany launched against Britain in WW2,


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 18, 2009, 07:57:51 PM
On this date in 1944 Victorious together with HMS Indomitable attacked the Railway yards at Sigli.

Our aircraft also it seems also inadvertently attacked the Submarine HMS Spirit as well, but didn't do any damage, but I suspect the submariners were non too happy !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 19, 2009, 07:47:17 PM
   

   On this day in 1944 U407 was sunk off Crete, by Terpsichore, Troubridge and Garland.

      This was the last enemy sub to be sunk in the Mediterranean.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 20, 2009, 10:08:55 PM
 

  On this day in 1976 HMS Fittleton whilst on a training exercise capsized losing 12 members of her crew.
 Fittleton had been converted to a training vessel for the use of the R.N.R, and was on exercise practising Rasing with the frigate HMS Mermaid, some survivors were recovered along with five bodies,seven crew members were never recovered.

     A memorial window was commissioned to the ship at the church in Fittleton.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 21, 2009, 03:32:59 PM
     


      On this day in 1942 Victorious was at Scapa Flow and Barracuda and Seafire deck-landing trials were taking place.


   Not for the faint hearted !!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 22, 2009, 08:44:53 PM
On this day in 1943 Lt. Basil Charles Godfrey Place and Lt Donald Cameron R.N.R. won the Victory Cross.

 In midget submarines of 35 tons they entered Altenfjord and placed charges under the German Battleship   "Tirpitz. Tirpitz was rendered unfit for sea for over a year.

 A truly remarkable feat in the conditions and with the equipment available at that time.

A story that should be told every year. !!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 23, 2009, 11:16:29 PM


      On this day  in 2009 it would seem that Britain commenced the run down of our nuclear submarine fleets.

          We are told that we must set an example to other countries !


    We seem to have learned very little from history !!  >:(


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 24, 2009, 09:00:04 PM
   

     On this day in 1911 His Majesty's Rigid Airship No.1 was being taken out of its hanger for the first time, and suffered what is reported as a design fault ! (pictures taken at the time seem to suggest that the thing fell in half). The Airship named !Mayfly, never flew, but design knowledge gained in its construction was used in the development of later craft.
 Mayfly was built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness, and the R.N. subsequently built large numbers of craft of various design, becoming the largest operator of airships in the world.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 25, 2009, 08:04:17 PM
 
  On this day in 1945 HMS Victorious left Sydney bound for Portsmouth via Freemantle.
She took home Ex-Japanese prisoners of war.

Michael Apps in his excellent book "Send her Victorious" relates a story of a rather portly Commander (S) watching the prisoners being helped on board by the sailors, and noting a particularly thin and emaciated chap, patted him on the shoulder and told him"never mind old chap we will soon have you fattened up and fit again with all the good food on this ship" the chap is said to have turned in astonishment saying "I bloody hope so I've been on here for the past two and a half years"

Maybe true, but I always loved the Vics duffs.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 26, 2009, 06:48:09 PM
 

   On this day in 1939 the first German aircraft of world war two was shot down by Skuas of the Home Fleet.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 27, 2009, 07:21:13 PM
 
 On this day in 1873 Ernle Chatfield was born. Ernle joined the navy at a young age, and he rose to Admiral of the Fleet by 1935, and was made a Baron in 1937.
  He took part in most of the important Naval battles of WW1 and was deemed an outstanding officer of his day.
 The Admiral though non political was attached to the government as an adviser, and one of his suggestions was that we should make friends of Russia, before Hitler could. This was ignored, he also suggested in 1938 and into 1939 that Britain should put its industry, and its economy on a war footing as an obvious precaution, the government ministers squash the idea.
 He was told to resign in 1940.
The Admiral died in 1967 at the age of 94,outliving most of the fools he had had to work with.
       We must learn from history!  Today its a submarine a carrier ? Portsmouth dockyard soon.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Gary on September 28, 2009, 04:48:31 PM
Remember one of my old postings Stan when I joked that the Victory would soon be re commissioned if the numpty's that are running the country had their way. Looks like I may be not far off the mark with the latest news to scrap one of our 4 boomers.
Still that means we will be able to give more and more money to dodgy 3rd world countries with their lunatic leaders. Who knows in a few years when they have built up their own armies and Navies and then turn and bite the hand that feeds them our own charlies in charge may decide to send out another task force made up of mothballed ships to pull us out of the proverbial once again


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 28, 2009, 07:39:34 PM
  Hey Gary, we don't give money to third world countries anymore mate, they just come over and help themselves !!

     I was assured by a chap who seemed to know, that the run down of the nuc boats are just the prelude to the closure of Pompy and Rosyth !

   So it was written by the left wing pinkies we elected in !!! They simply havn't a clue and never had !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 28, 2009, 07:42:31 PM
   On this date in 1850 the American Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment !

    I suppose they could flog for other reasons if they had a mind to ???? whimps.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on September 28, 2009, 09:19:31 PM
Bit late Stan,  only found this Yesterday in Coningsby, more inside the envelope  Dave

   

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk290/Pheasey44/Royal%20Navy/Victory2ndSept1945.jpg)
     


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 29, 2009, 08:16:46 PM
 
  Havn't seen anything like it Dave! looks like a collectors treasure, I like it anyway, the Vic seems to have got everywhere when you look.

   Keep Looking !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 29, 2009, 08:23:47 PM
  On this day in 1758 Horatio Nelson was born.
    Horace as his family called him was born in the Rectory at Burnham Thorpe Norkolk,the sixth of eleven children. He was educated at a couple of Grammer Schools, before joining his first ship H.H.S. Raisonnable on the first of January 1771.
  He was thin timid and suffered from acute sea sickness.


 It must have been obvious to his social worker that the lad would get bullied, and was quite unfit for the life at sea, shame on them for not taking the mite into care.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on September 30, 2009, 08:43:09 PM
On this date in 1909 H.M.S. Neptune, the tenth ship to bear the name was launched. The Neptune was the first R.N. ship with a superimposed turret, and the first Dreadnought able to fire all main armament in broadside.


 I bet that made some noise !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 01, 2009, 05:22:50 PM
 

 On this date in 1923 H.M.S Vernon was established as a shore base on the old Gunwharf at Portsmouth.

  The mine disposal crews received some of the first bravery awards of the war, and later took over the training of divers from the gunnery department(probably the best divers in the world !).


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 02, 2009, 09:31:23 PM
 
  On this day in 1901, the R.N. launched its first submarine at Barrow-in-Furness.

 The Navy had been opposed to the development of subs,the Vice Admiral, at the time who was the Controller of the Navy was reported to have described the idea of under water warfare as "underhand, unfair and damed un English". But as the French were developing subs the R.N. ordered five !
 The first boat was known as H.M. Submarine Torpedo boat one. She was never given a name as such, but later became known as Holland One after the designer.

The craft was used for testing and stayed in service until 1913. She sank off the South Coast when under tow heading for scrap yard.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 04, 2009, 12:01:41 AM
On this date in 1906  Dreadnought began sea trials.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 04, 2009, 09:58:25 PM
In 1943 the ex Hull trawler HMS Lady Shirley sank the German submarine U111 whilst on patrol off Teneriffe. The trawler with a crew of thirty, had forced the sub to the surface with depth charges, and closed to engage with her four inch gun, the sub sprayed the ship with heavy machine gun fire, but to the trawlers surprise never opened fire with her heavy armament. It transpired that the sub had fired her main gun without first removing its tampion, blowing up the gun. The trawler continued to fire on the sub, which started sinking by the stern, the trawler picked up the subs survivors, forty five men, and took them as prisoners, into Gibraltar(four days steaming away).
Lady Shirley was lost with all hands the following December. Spanish based saboteurs were suspected as explosive charges placed on a depth charge was discovered on another Gib based trawler, but this has never been substantiated.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 05, 2009, 10:36:34 PM

  On this day in 1813 HMS Fantome captured the American Privateer Portsmouth Packet.

 Fantome a Brig Sloop was originally a French Privateer, captured by the RN, and the Portsmouth Packet had started life as a Canadian - Liverpool packet.

    It must have been a bit of a question as to when and on what you could open fire on in this period !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 06, 2009, 08:19:35 PM

  On this day in 1779 the 32 gun frigate HMS Quebec fought the 32 gun, French frigate Surveillante in a three and a half hour battle , off Ushant.
 Both ships in the close quarter fight sustained much damage and heavy casualties,both vessels being completly dismasted. Quebec had her main sheets and rigging hanging over her guns ports, and was firing through it, it seems they caught fire, and Quebec exploded.
The French frigate despite having 30 of her crew killed and 85 wounded launched a boat to pick up the few survivors from Quebec, and it was reported that on reaching Brest, the French treated the captured survivors "more like castaways than prisioners of war"


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 07, 2009, 09:51:15 PM




         On this day in 1769 Captain James Cooke discovered New Zealand.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 08, 2009, 08:23:59 PM
   

    On this day in 1914 the German Zeppelin LZ 25 was destroyed in its hanger by an RNAS Sopworth Tabloid. The Airship was preparing for flight from its shed in Dusseldorf when the attack on it was made.

   Shades of things to come.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 13, 2009, 07:54:21 PM
     



      On this date in 1922 the Supply Branch of the Royal Navy was established by Order in Council.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 15, 2009, 12:06:16 AM


       On the 14th October Royal Oak was sunk in Scapa Flow by U47


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 15, 2009, 09:53:49 PM
  On this day in 1965 Sir Henry Francis Oliver, Admiral of the Fleet crossed the bar, aged 101!

Sir Henry joined up at the age of 13 in 1878 , and made Lt. in 1888.
In 1914 Sir Henry had been promoted to Vice Admiral, and made Admiral of the Fleet with G.C.B. in 1928.
  He went into retirement, but was restored to active service in 1940.

        When Sir Henry passed away in London in 1965, he was

 Sir Henry Francis Oliver G.C.B-K.C.B.-C.B.-K.C.M.G.-M.V.O.-L.L.D    and he had done a lot of sea time as well !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 16, 2009, 04:17:07 PM

   On this day in 1942 following a visit by Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Stafford Cripps (Lord Privy Seal)
         HMS Victorious,sailed for Greenock to embark her aircraft.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 17, 2009, 05:08:14 PM


      On this day in 1944 HMS Victorious launched attacks against the Japanese in the Nicobar Islands (about 189 km off the coast of Sumatra).


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 18, 2009, 07:21:55 PM


      On this day in 1940 seven U boats attacked convoy SC7. they sank seventeen of the thirty-four ships in the convoy.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 19, 2009, 07:53:46 PM

        On this day in 1799 the 32 gun frigate HMS Cererbus whilst escourting a convoy about fifty miles off Cape Penas fought off a Spanish force of five frigates and two briggs.

  The ship had a lot of sea time, and great deal of action, and managed to have two of her captains accidently drowned ! Not bad for a fifth rater.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 20, 2009, 05:34:19 PM
 
   On this day in 1827 a combined fleet of British, French and Russian ships defeated the combined fleets of the Ottoman and Egyptian Navies, at the battle of Navarino.
    The politics bringing together the combination of fleets was complicated to say the least, but the Ottoman/Egyptian force had neither the guns or the training to stand a great chance of winning, however the battle is of particular interest in so far as it was the last major sea battle fought between ships completely under sail.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 21, 2009, 02:07:45 PM
        On this day in 1805 Vice Admiral Viscount Nelson died of his wound after defeating the Franco-Spanish Fleet of 33 sail under the command of Vice Admiral Pierre Villeneuve and Admiral Don Federico Gravina. 16 ships of the combined fleet were destroyed, and 4 taken.

    The action now known as The Battle of Trafalgar, was fought off Cadiz N.28degrees E. 8 leagues.

           Remember Nelson "Up Spirits"

   


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 22, 2009, 08:49:40 PM
 On this date in 1946 R.N. Destroyers Saumarez and Volage had been instructed to negotiate their way through the channel between Corfu and Albania (six months previously R.N. ships had been fired on from the Albanian coast). Part way through the passage, Saumarez hit a mine sustaining major damage, and 36 crew members killed. Volage took the stricken ship in tow, but also hit a mine losing 8 members of her crew killed.
  Subsequently, the International Court of Justice decided that the area had been mined after the end of the war, and awarded Great Britain £1000000. in compensation.

      Todate nothing has been paid.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Gary on October 23, 2009, 12:06:54 PM
Hi Stan
Based on the Inflation rate year on year since 1946 I have worked out that the original £1000000 is now worth £31388888.88 an average inflation rate of 5.7% a year.
Might be a good time for our esteemed politicians to call in the debt as it would help to redress the huge debts they have heaped on us by giving all OUR money to those poor little bankers (or should that be W*****RS)
Mind you given the track record of that bunch of crooks in the Houses of Parliament they would probably just use it to increase their expenses.
Duck houses and moat clearing can be an expensive item you know!!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 23, 2009, 09:30:30 PM


   On this date in 1753 RNH Haslar took in its first patients from the fleet.
 At its closure it was the oldest Naval Hospital in the world.
The hospital was created when it became obvious that it made good economic and humanitarian sense to treat wounded sailors,and return then fit back to the fleet, rather than trying to train( ever more difficult to obtain) new recruits. The hospital proved a success from the start, although in the early days it was manned and run exclusively by doctors, and the rising number of recorded desertions taking place led to the appointment of post Captains in overall charge.

    Closure of Haslar ? a few bob saved in the very short term ! not clever at all.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 24, 2009, 07:59:16 PM


    On this date in 1877 HMS Lightening was officially commissioned.
      Built by John Thornycroft, Lightening was the first sea going vessel to be armed with self propelled torpedos. She was later renamed Torpedo Boat No1.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on October 25, 2009, 08:19:34 AM
Will be there  

  On 25th October 2009 Birmingham will be celebrating Trafalgar Day, but this year we will also be commemorating the 200th anniversary (to the day) of the unveiling of the first statue to Lord Nelson in the United Kingdom.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 25, 2009, 09:56:56 PM
   

    I saw and photographed what claimed to be the first Traff monument in UK, in the peoples park in Glasgow Dave, is that the one ? I put up a snap of it in the gallery/


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on October 25, 2009, 10:30:58 PM

   Stan this one is a Statue of Nelson   :)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 25, 2009, 10:31:47 PM
On this date in 1799 HMS Surprise cut out and captured the Spanish ship Santa Cecilia.
The ship had previously been HMS Hermione, famous as the ship that had staged the bloodiest mutiny in British Naval History ! The Hermiones captain one Captain Pigot, was a well known flogger ! prior to the mutiny he had caused the death of three  crew members by insisting they raced down from the top masts, with the last to reach the deck being flogged ! The three casualties he had order to be thrown overboard as "Lubbers" The actual spark that set off the mutiny was the captains insistence that a Midshipman be flogged over a minor incident.
The Captain was caught in his cabin, stabbed and thrown overboard, probably still alive,and most of the officers and senior rates were also killed. The ship was then handed over to the Spanish.
On her reentry into the RN, the ship was renamed firstly,"Retaliation" then later "Retribution".
 A remarkable story,no happy endings for the mutineers. They were mostly hanged.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on October 25, 2009, 10:38:04 PM

   Stan a pic from today   (history)

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk290/Pheasey44/25thOctober2009Sunday1030.jpg)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 26, 2009, 08:38:12 PM
   

     What a great picture Dave where exactly is the monument? it looks new.
        Like to think there are still enough enlightened people in the country who appreciate the "Little Admiral", enough to ensure he dosn't get forgotten.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 26, 2009, 08:42:35 PM




  On this day in 1944 the "Account Branch" was retitled "Supply and Secretarial Branch", and the prefix
  "Pay Master" abolished.

       I always felt a bit sorry for the paybobs, their fiddly little badges never looked much against the great stokers sign.!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on October 26, 2009, 09:31:51 PM
Stan that Nelson`s Statue is over 200 years old   must have had a clean  :)

  On 25th October 2009 Birmingham will be celebrating Trafalgar Day, but this year we will also be commemorating the 200th anniversary (to the day) of the unveiling of the first statue to Lord Nelson in the United Kingdom.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 27, 2009, 06:22:11 PM
   


    On this day in 1945 H.M.S. Victorious arrived back in Portsmouth after service in the Pacific.
  On board were ex P.O.Ws and a large numbers of wives collected in Australia.

  Vic had left Sydney Australia on 25th September, the trip must have been quite something ! and her arrival in Pompey must still be remembered by many!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 28, 2009, 11:10:47 AM
 

  On this day in 1664 King Charles the second sanctioned the formation of the Duke of York and Albany's Martime Regiment of Foot, the first regiment to be formed specially for service afloat.
    They had a distinctive Yellow uniform, not many sharpshooters about at that time !!

        The Royal Marines had started.     
                     
                                  Good one Royal !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on October 29, 2009, 11:57:57 AM
Stan here`s the Vic leaving Australia




(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk290/Pheasey44/HMS%20Victorious/CopyoftheVicPhotos0006.jpg)

(http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk290/Pheasey44/HMS%20Victorious/CopyoftheVicPhotos0003.jpg)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 29, 2009, 05:58:16 PM
   Thanks yet again Dave there must be quite a few people knocking about who remember this !
Great pictures ! now what we need is pics from the other end, the arrival in Pompy !!

Anyone got them ???


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 29, 2009, 06:06:00 PM

  On this date in 1940 the first German acoustic mine was recovered from the river Ogmore near Porthcawl, by Lt. S. Baker RNVR and Sub.Lt. P.A.Cummins, RNVR. The mine was stripped and identified on the 3rd November in Vernon by L.Waldon esquire.

What a simple statement to describe a momentous achievement! and we still have men like this !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 30, 2009, 06:08:11 PM



   On this day in 1942 H.M.S. Victorious in company with H.M.S. Formidable, left Greenock
 as part of "Force H", for Operation Torch, the allied landings in North Africa.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on October 31, 2009, 08:14:29 PM
 On this date in 1860 the great Thomas Cochrane died, aged 82.

   Probably the greatest Fighting Captain of his age, in a period packed with great sailors,Cochrane was a legend in his own life time.
  Horatio Hornblower, C.S> Foresters creation was certainly based on the real life exploits of Cochrane,
and in recent times the Jack Aubrey of Patrick O'Brians books reflect Cochranes life.

    How our service could do with a Thomas Cochrane today. The French of the Napoleonic period called him "The Wolf of the Seas" the British Government spun against him. He was just too good for them.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 01, 2009, 06:04:27 PM



   On this day in 1945 Victorious sailed to Plymouth to begin operations as a Troopship.
In this role she made three trips to Austrailia and the Far East in the next eighteen months.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 05, 2009, 11:35:17 PM
  On this day in 1940 Captain Edward Stephen Fogarty Fegan won his V.C.

Captain Fegan in the Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay was escourting a convoy from Halifax to U.K., when it was attacked by the German battleship Admiral Sheer. The convoy was immediatly scattered,whilst the Jervis Bay closed with and engaged the Sheer, giving the convoy some time to make smoke and scatter. Jervis Bay was overwhelmed and sunk, but the majority of the convoy made good their escape.


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Post by: stokerstan on November 06, 2009, 04:21:53 PM



          On this date in 1860 Admiral Sir Charles Napier died.

       "It is seamen, not ships, that constitute a navy".


 Lets hope he was correct.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 07, 2009, 08:01:31 PM

   On this day in 1918 the last attack was made on a British merchant ship by a German submarine.
These last shots of world war one were made against the British merchant ship Sarpedon, and they missed.
    However during the conflict, 2,479 merchant ships and 675 fishing craft were lost, leading to the deaths of 14,721 crew members.

    Lest we forget them.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 08, 2009, 09:10:57 PM
   
    "To know nothing of what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child"
           CICERO

 
 On this day in 1942 aircraft from HMS Victorious captured the French military airfield at Blinda and attacked Algiers and Fort Dupere.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 09, 2009, 06:24:35 PM

     On this date in 1918 The King Edward class Battleship HMS Britannia was sunk off Cape Trafalgar, she was the last major British ship sunk in the 14-18 war.
   Britannia was being escorted by two destroyers when UB50 launched three torpedo's at her, two missed, but the third struck her amidships and her cordite exploded, and gave off toxic fumes. Forty crew members died in the attack. The ship took over three hours to sink allowing most crew members to be rescued, but next of kin would probably have heard of the ceasefire before hearing the news of the loss of the lost crew members.
    


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 10, 2009, 08:04:41 PM


  On this day in 1918 HMS Ascot became the final R.N. vessel to be sunk in the Great War.

    Ascot was a coastal paddlewheel minesweeper sloop, torpedoed by UB 67 just off the Farne Islands.

       That was just bad luck.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 11, 2009, 09:38:19 PM
 
 On this date in 1940, HMS Illustrious launched twenty one Swordfish torpedo bombers at targets situated in the Italian port of Taranto. In a matter of minutes the heart of Mussolini's fleet had been destroyed.
   The attack was part of Operation Judgement, but to the Fleet Airarm is known better as "Taranto"
The aircraft were launched in bright moonlight, and at least nine torpedo's found targets,seven Italian ships including three battleships were put out of action. The balance of power in the Mediterranean altered on that night.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 12, 2009, 06:45:37 PM


  On this date in 1944 Lancaster bombers of of No 5 Group, bomber command, sank the German battleship Tirpitz at Tromso.
                        Operation Catechism !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 13, 2009, 09:06:58 PM



   On this date in 1941 H.M.S. Ark Royal was torpedoed by U81.
      The Ark was returning from Operation Perpetual when she was hit, she sank on the 14th Nov.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 14, 2009, 09:32:49 PM
 

     On this day in 1967 the first Type 42 GMD was ordered from Vickers. H.M.S Sheffield.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 15, 2009, 07:50:11 PM
 On this date in 1918 Daniel Marcus William Beak R.N.V.R. won his V.C. in France.
Beak who have been a school teacher and Vicars secretary, joined the Navy in 1915 as a rating !
 He was soon promoted to acting sub lieutenant in the Royal Naval Division and saw service in the evacuations at Gallipoli. Shipped to France he was in the thick of the action, and was awarded his VC for a number of actions , knocking out machine gun posts, taking enemy positons and capturing prisoners.
Between the wars he served in a number of regiments, and by 1942 had been promoted to acting Major General commanding at Malta !
  Beak was the first recipient of a V.C with the now familiar crimson ribbon.
    The general died in 1967.

From sailor to General. Facts far stranger than fiction. A Great man, remarkable service.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 16, 2009, 05:26:39 PM
 

       ;) On this day in 1249 King Edward 1 ordered the construction of twenty Galleys, each of 120 oars, for use against the French !!!

    Now there's an idea for the M.O.D.  ::)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 17, 2009, 07:46:00 PM


   On this day in 1871 HMS Hotspur was completed.
      Hotspur was the first British warship to be built as a ram, and the only one to be built with a fixed turret.
 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 18, 2009, 02:12:48 PM
On this day in 1942 Light Cruiser Arethusa was escorting a convoy to Malta when she was attacked by aircraft. After twelve hours of action, she was torpedoed, and in rising gales had to be towed stern first back to Alexandria fighting raging fires much of the way.
  Four days later she arrived at Alexandria, having lost 155 members of her crew in the action.

In 1944 Arethusa led the bombarding forces at Normandy, and carried King George VI over the channel to visit the forces in Normandy.

     Not an easy ship to put down !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 19, 2009, 07:18:35 PM




       On this day in 1935 Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa died.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 20, 2009, 07:48:02 PM


   On this day in1939 the submarine Sturgeon sank the German trawler Gauleiter Telschow off Heligoland, claiming the first R.N. submarine success in world war 2.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 21, 2009, 11:03:01 PM


  On this day in 1942 Albacore 1/817 flying off HMS Victorious sank U517 in the North Atlantic.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 22, 2009, 04:21:27 PM
    On this date HMS Devonshire a light cruiser sank the German Raider Atlantis in the South Atlantic.
Atlantis was armed as a light cruiser and had sunk or captured 145,697 tons of allied shipping whilst disguised as a merchantman.

Atlantis's survivors were rescued by Uboat, and transfered to a supply ship,unfortunatly for them the supply ship was sunk just over a week later by Devonshires sister ship HMS Dorchester, but again the survivors were rescued by Uboat and made an epic 5000 mile journey home to the "Biscay" ports.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 23, 2009, 05:39:49 PM


    On this day in 1865 HMS Grasshopper captured two pirate lorchas and destroyed a third at Port Matheson.




   Seemed to manage to this job rather well,don't know what the bounty paid was, but there wasn't much said about paying pirates ransoms, and "human rights" seem to be nicely dealt with by a length of rope.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 24, 2009, 04:47:24 PM


  On this day in 1807 HMS Anne fought ten Spanish gunboats off Tarifa, capturing two of the gunboats and a Privateer as well.


   If we reintroduce prize money back into the service, would it help with the take up of Pirates ?
     


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 25, 2009, 03:40:19 PM


    On this day in 1960 the green beret became the normal daily head dress of all Royal marines who have completed their training.

   But not sure if the bandsmen get it ????


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 26, 2009, 10:15:27 PM
   "Nothing,nothing in the world,nothing that you may think of or dream of, or anyone else may tell you:
no argument,however seductive,must lead you to abandon that naval supremacy on which the life of our country depends"

   said by W.S.Churchill on this day in 1918.






Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 27, 2009, 05:17:57 PM
On this day in 1940 Vice Admiral Sir James Somerville was in command of of "Force H" escorting a convoy that was passing from Gibraltar to Alexandria. The Italians determined to stop the convoy and sailed two battleships, seven 8" cruisers and sixteen destroyers to intercept. Somerville with a considerably lighter force at his command decided that the best hope for his convoy was a determined attack on the enemy. In the action that followed, one British cruiser was damaged, but the enemy withdrew. The convoy passed through safely.
  The action took place off Cape Spartivento, Sardinia.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 29, 2009, 12:09:20 AM


  On this date in 1917 the W.R.N.S were formed.
    It seems that Admiralty had some reservations about the womens involvement, but naval losses in the previous years had left them desperately short of manpower, so initially they agreed to the recruitment of 3000 women, they ended up with 6000 !
     In October 1919 they disbanded the W.R.N.S. ! In 1938 they had to start all over again !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 29, 2009, 10:40:58 PM

  On this day in 1883 Admiral Sir Max Kennedy Horton, GCB, DSO and two bars, was born.
 Horton joined the navy in 1898, and served with distinction in submarines through WW1. and initiated the submarine tradition of hoisting the jolly roger after a sinking.
  In 1941 he was appointed Commander in Chief Western Approaches leading in the fight against the UBoats.
             He was said to be one of the most crucial figures in the Allied victory in the Atlantic.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on November 30, 2009, 08:57:15 PM

  On this date in 1944 the battleship HMS Vanguard was launched.
      The ship was the twelfth ship to carry the name, and was our last battleship afloat.



    Remember her well !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 01, 2009, 10:16:57 PM
 On this day in 1781 Sir William Parker, later Admiral of the Fleet was born.
 
 Parker entered the Royal Navy at the age of twelve as a Captains servant, and joined HMS Orion seeing action almost immediately. By 1799 he had risen to Acting Captain with command of HMS Volage. Parker was promoted Post Captain in 1801, and given command of HMS Amazon a position he held for for eleven years serving under Nelson. He missed Trafalgar, having been detached to the West Indies, but was involved almost constantly in some action including fights and blockading off Portugal and Spain.
A period as Commander-in-Chief in China, saw him still fighting,then promotion to command of the Mediterranean Fleet followed by further promotion to Command of the Channel Fleet in 1846.
    He was made Admiral of the Fleet in 1863. He died in November 1866.

 A lot of sea time, a huge amount of action! From servant to Admiral of the Fleet. Fantastic true story.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 02, 2009, 11:34:05 PM


  On this date in 1825,saw the defeat of the Burmese at Pagoda Point, above Prome.
     HMS Diana and boats of the Irrawaddy flotilla captured 300 warboats !





Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 03, 2009, 10:10:32 PM


  On this date in 1945 Lt. Cdr. E.M. Brown made the first landing of a jet aircraft onto a ship, when he landed a Sea Vampire onto HMS Ocean, just off the Isle of Wight.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 04, 2009, 04:55:13 PM



       On this day in 1967 HMS Plover paid off, having been in continuous commission since 27th September 1939.



    A good number of us must have come across her, HMS Vernon ?


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 05, 2009, 09:06:25 PM



   On this day in 1804 the rank of Sub-Lieutenant was established by Order of Council.




So subby has been about quite a time now, but for how much longer?


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 06, 2009, 08:53:03 PM


   On this day in 1941 the submarine HMS Perseus was sunk by a mine some ten miles off the Greek coast.
Only one crew member survived, John Capes. Capes survived by exiting through the aft escape hatch from a depth of 170 feet, he claimed to have taken a bottle of rum into the escape hatch and to have had a hearty drink before exiting ! Capes made a ten mile swim to shore, and was found by members of the Greek resistance in Cephalonia.He claimed to have with stayed with the Greeks for 18 months before crossing into Turkey.
Many people doubted Capes story, but the recent discovery of the intact remains Perseus by divers, proved the truth of his story, they even found the rum bottle where he had told them he left it.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 07, 2009, 09:38:35 PM

  On this day in 1939, Lt.J.E.M. Glenny and Lt. R.S. Armitage rendered safe the first Type B German Magnetic Mine. The mine had been dropped in the Thames estuary.


  Not a job for the faint hearted.!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 08, 2009, 11:34:00 PM




        On this day in 1968 HMS St Vincent, the boys training establishment at Gosport officially closed.


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Post by: Gary on December 09, 2009, 11:33:50 AM
Sad Day Stan. Was there for the association AGM in October and it is a shadow of it's former glory as it now a college. However there are a few buildings still remaining. Thankfully the Main Gate through which I ventured with some trepidation as an innocent 15 year old back in June 1964 is still fronting the road The old swimming pool is still there and one or two of the training rooms at the rear of where the creek is. There is also a fine building just to the right of where the parade ground used to be which I think was the Wardroom ( all I know was that it was off limits to me and my mates ) so was probably Officer territory.
To the sides of the Maingate they have retained some of the offices and the guardroom which houses our museum.
What a shame that the mast could not have been saved but like the mast at Ganges someone needed to do something about it before it was lost.
I have some pics that I took at the time of my last visit and I will dig them out and post them so any old boys can have a look
 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 09, 2009, 03:23:09 PM
   

       Dead right Gary, it is a sad thought that places like Vincent cannot be preserved, given their history and significance to the U.K. The buildings in their own right were worth saving, they were impressive to say the least.
     I got my second G.C. badge from the Captain of Vincent in Oct 68, it was probably one of his last jobs, I doubt if he remembers, but I do. I was shuffled off to Sultan soon after, but have some interesting memories of Vincent.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 09, 2009, 03:31:05 PM



   On this day in 1942 HMS Porcupine (G93) destroyer was torpedoed off the coast of Algeria. Listing badly she was towed into into Algeria, and in 1943 towed to Oran being declared a total loss. However, she was cut in two, and both sections eventually being towed back to Portsmouth vis Gibraltar, and used as base ships.
          The two halves were renamed HMS Pork and HMS PINE !

   Someone in Admiralty seems to have had a sense of humour ! Anyone got details of this story ?


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 10, 2009, 04:29:42 PM
   


   On this day in 1941 Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk by Japanese torpedo aircraft off the East coast of Malaya.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 11, 2009, 06:15:09 PM


   On this day in 1968 HMS Cochrane (R.N. Naval base Rosyth) was recommissioned.

   The base was commissioned in 1938, closed in 1962,opened in 1968 closed again in 1996.



     Wouldn't bank on a draft there for very long.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: fredtubb on December 11, 2009, 09:27:40 PM
Just a dit relevant to the Repulse and Prince of Wales thread, i hope.
Prior to Jan 2003, when the misus and i moved to spain permenant we used to rent this couples grannie annex beside there small Villa. The dit is about the old bloke on the right, one steve donoghue the owner of the house.
(http://usera.ImageCave.com/fredtubb/Me%20and%20Steve265.jpg)
He noticed i had a naval association emblem on a tee shirt i was wearing one day. So we sat down and started talking about our experiances from our 2 different times in the mob. He naturally was pleased too here about my dads time in the RN before and during WW2. Anyway we had had a few glasses of nelsons blood, when i happen to say that his wife had joined us in the pool but not him. He said your the paying guest and i didnt want to use it till you were happy with it. Then i put my foot in it lol.
I said jokingly "Oh either you can,t swim or your scared of water", He shot out of his chair and went in the house. I though misarable old git, but he returned with a pile of photos and a grin on his face.
I looked at the pics and the were all records and pics about Repulse sinking.
He then laughed and said he spent as much time in the water before rescue as he was years of age at the time - he was 19.
He was a young signaller and near the bridge when the bombing started. Soon they lost comms to the engine room and steering position and he was detailed as a runner to leg it up and down as required. Most times he had to pass through the canteen flat which was now an overflow for the sick bay and filling up with wounded, many of them his messmates. He did this several times and his wounded mates whould ask how things were going. However On what turned out to be his last time he got down as far as the ladder to that flat and could go no futher. The flat and sickbay had dissapeared, and bomb had gone off there. He said he didnt really remember the order to abandon ship, But strugling to get clear of the oil and he was spewing often. When he did get back to blighty he finished the war in destroyers. He said he still had occasional flashbacks espesially his mates faces in the canteen flat. We talked at great length about this and other things not realising the ammount of bubbly that was going down.
He was a smashing bloke and his wife too, they became firm friends of ours. Steve sadly died 2006 aged 84, but we still see his wife viv regularly as she now lives near us out here.
Just thought id throw this in.
fred


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 12, 2009, 08:17:59 PM
Thanks for the story Fred, its just what we need to hear. There is a generation of lads slipping away and we may never hear their individual tales. It became the norm for a R.N. ship to cast a wreath over the site of Prince of Wales and Repulse, I did it once from Manxman. Wonder if it continues ? I would like to think so.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 12, 2009, 08:44:54 PM
 
      On this day in 1724 Samuel Hood -- 1st Viscount Hood was born.
 
    Hood joined the navy at the age of seventeen, and established a reputation early, as an acting captain, he was capturing ships and taking prisoners, and was reported to be an officer with outstanding zeal !! He was serving under Rodney in the Caribbean when he met and became mentor to the young Horatio Nelson.
  Nelson was to say many years later that Hood "was the greatest sea officer I ever knew"

Samuel Hood 1724-1816.     He often had problems with politicians


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 13, 2009, 05:30:05 PM

   On this day in 1939 the submarine HMS Salmon under the command of Lt-Cdr. Bickford, on patrol in the North Sea spotted an enemy force. There was three enemy cruisers in the force, Salmon torpedoed two of them, the Leipzig and the Nurnberg.
     Nine days before, the Salmon had sunk the German submarine U36 in the same area, it was the first successful submarine versus submarine attack of the war.

  Bickerford was promoted and got the DSO for the patrol.

 


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Post by: stokerstan on December 14, 2009, 10:18:18 PM
   



        On this day in 1775 the great Thomas Cochrane was born.

           Possibly the greatest fighting sea captain of all time.   


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 15, 2009, 08:26:16 PM



     On this day in 1939 HMS Kelly having hit a mine arrived back badly damage at the Tyne under tow.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 16, 2009, 06:41:29 PM
 

  On this day in 1914 the east coast towns of Scarborough,Hartlepool and Whitby were bombarded by German Battle Cruisers, resulting in the loss of nineteen lives.

   The first British civilian casualties of WW!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 18, 2009, 12:54:30 AM

  On this date in 1857, Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort died.
 Beaufort joined the Royal Navy as a cabin boy at the age of thirteen,and it seems even then he took an interest in the weather, and in 1805 he introduced a scale for estimating wind strength without the use of instruments, The Admiralty approved of it,and they were later to bring in a mandatory system whereby sail area was to be set depending on the wind strength as shown on the Beafort scale.
  Beaufort spent most of his service as an Hydrographer, making thorough surveys of uncharted coasts,some of his charts are still in use today almost two hundred years after he made them.
Beaufort was given his first command in 1805,and he retired after 68 years service in 1855.

   A lot of sea time, a lot of maps.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 18, 2009, 08:59:30 PM


  On this day in 1793 Admiral Samuel Hood "took possession" of the French Fleet at Toulon.
The city had been held by French Royalist, and Spanish allies, but the Revolutionary French army, (greatly helped by a young Napoleon) was taking over control. Hood decided that leaving the revolutionaries with a huge Mediterranean fleet would not be in Britains best interest,so he captured or destroyed 14 French ships of the line and 19 frigates and corvettes.


   Bet the French were a tad miffed.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 19, 2009, 08:13:53 PM



    On this day in 1941 the Battle ships HMS Queen Elizabeth and Valiant at Alexandria, were both hit by manned torpedoes,driven by Italian divers. Located in relatively shallow waters, a pretence was made that the ships were still operational, but in reality although subsequently repaired the damage was extensive.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 20, 2009, 08:40:42 PM


  On this day in 1942 HMS Victorious sailed from Greenock for America


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 21, 2009, 11:48:51 PM
  On this day in 1941 HMS Audacity escort carrier was sunk by U751.

Audacity started life as a large German merchant vessel named Hannover, she was captured by the R.N. in the West Indies in 1940 (a story worth checking out). Taken to UK she was renamed "Sinbad, later changed to Empire Audacity, and commissioned as an Ocean Boarding Vessel.
 By 1941, it was obvious that the failure to build aircraft carriers(a cost saving idea)had been a bad idea, and Empire Audacity, was refitted as an escort carrier and became HMS Audacity. 802 squadron made the first landings on her on 10th July 1941, and on her first convoy run, a German Condor bomber was shot down. Audacity on her third convoy operation, shot down four more Condors, and the Germans took note.By her fourth and final convoy, specific orders had been given to the German Navy to target Audacity, and a pack of twelve Uboats attacked her convoy. Two more Condors were shot down, and a Uboat destroyed before Audacity was struck by three torpedo's, she sank in 70 minutes. Lessons were learned on how carriers would be used in future, and particularly how they would be protected.
  The lesson that carriers are needed still does not seem to have been learned however.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 22, 2009, 08:29:07 PM




    On this day in 1940 HMS Illustrious launched 15 Swordfish and Bombed Tripoli !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 23, 2009, 09:20:35 PM
  On this day in 1812 HMS Phoebe a fifth rate 36 gun frigate captured two American schooners, Hunter and Vengeance. Phoebe had seen action at Trafalgar, and during the American War was to prove good at capturing American ships ! Vengeance was loaded with sugar and coffee when taken, and was sailed back to Plymouth, followed shortly by Hunter with over 100 prisoners.
    Phoebe was to take part in a famous engagement when she took on and captured the 36 gun USS Essex.
       Readers of fictional sea stories of the 18th century RN will recognise where some of the stories came from when looking at the record of the Phoebe, stranger than fiction !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 24, 2009, 10:16:49 PM



   On this day in 1777 Captain Cook discovered Christmas Island.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 25, 2009, 01:34:26 PM


          On this day in 1652 the Articles of War were first formulated.





Somebody somewhere was obviously very bored !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 26, 2009, 06:26:37 PM
 
  On this day in 1943 Admiral Bruce Fraser on Duke of York sank the German Battle Cruiser Scharnhorst.

 The Duke of York with escort destroyers and cruisers Belfast, Norfolk and Sheffield found Scharnhorst. After an opening engagement by the cruisers, Schanhorst broke off and turned away making 30 knotts, but was tracked with radar,and Duke of york was able to intercept and fully engage.
  It was calculated that Scharhorst was hit by at least 13- 14inch shells and 12-8inch and 11 torpedoes before finally sinking.
     There were only 36 survivors from the German vessel.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on December 26, 2009, 11:20:26 PM

    Old ships for me the Belfast 62-63   :)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 27, 2009, 09:14:43 PM


     On this day in 1805, the body of Lord Nelson having been transported from Trafalgar, was laid in the Painted Hall Greenwhich.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 28, 2009, 09:56:52 PM


   On this day in 1756 the court martial of Admiral Byng commenced.

       The court martial sat for 29 days, found him guility of not doing his best ! and shot him.




    Now there must be somthing to be learned from this, particularly if we have a look at the MOD.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on December 29, 2009, 09:14:00 PM
   


          On this day in 1860 HMS Warrior was launched at Blackwall,first British ironclad ship.

   The ship whilst seen as revolutionary in design at the time, was considered obsolesent within ten years.

  The Warrior now restored in detail can be seen in Portsmouth Historical Dockyard.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 03, 2010, 08:18:10 PM


   On this date in 1943 HMS Victorious was in refit in Norfolk Virginia, ( America)





  Probably a good run ashore, anyone remember it ?


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 04, 2010, 11:34:31 PM

       On this date in 1945 HMS Victorious took part in air attacks on oil refineries at Pang-Kalan Brandan Sumatra. Rear Admiral Sir Philip Vian flew his flag on Indomitable in an operation named Lentil.
Indefatigable, Argonaut, Black Prince Ceylon and Suffolk and the 25th and 27th destroyer flotillas.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 05, 2010, 12:44:20 PM
   



     On this date in 1798 the British Frigate HMS Pomone captured the 26 gun Frech privateer "Cheri" sailing out of Nantes. Unfortunatly no Prize Money was paid for this catch as Cheri sank soon after surrendering. Pomone however made more nice earning catches in the next couple of months.
   HMS Pomone had been captured from the French within a year of her being launched, and did sterling work for the R.N.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 07, 2010, 12:25:32 AM
 
On this date in 1900, the Naval Brigade from HMS Powerful with their guns, arrived at Ladysmith in South Africa, just in time to play a major role in saving the forces that had been under siege at Ladysmith.
  Powerful and her sister ship Terrible had arrived at Durban after a period on the China station, and heard of the problems British troops were encountering at Ladysmith. The captain of Powerful,Capt.Hedworth Lambton, on his own initiative, formed a Naval Brigade,and the captain of Terrible devised carrages upon which large naval guns could be transported, and they set off on a cross country trip of 189 miles. The first stage was performed on a rail train, but oxen were used for a further stretch to haul the guns. The oxen unfortunately died, and the final stage only achieved by the sailors physically hauling the guns by hand.  To commemorate the event, the famous Royal Navy Field Gun Run was established as an annual event.!!!  Queen Victory on hearing of the feat said "Pray express to the Naval Brigade my deep appreciation of the valuable services they have rendered with their guns" 


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 07, 2010, 09:53:06 PM

  On this day in 1883 Andrew Browne Cunningham was born in Rathmines Dublin.
Cunningham later Admiral of the Fleet K.T.-G.C.B.-O.M.- D.S.O. with two bars, joined a naval academy at ten years of age, progressing through Dartmouth, and having a distinguished record mainly on destroyers through WW1 and the inter war period.
  In WW2 he led British Naval forces to several notable victories in the Mediterranean, but will perhaps be best remembered by many for the attack at Tananto in 1940, the first completely all aircraft attack in Naval history !

  Admiral Cunningham crossed the bar in June 1963.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 08, 2010, 08:35:22 PM



      On this day in 1806 the body of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson was taken from Greenwich to Whitehall
       by river.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 09, 2010, 09:15:24 PM



          On this date in 1806 the funeral of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson took place at St.Paul's Cathedral


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 10, 2010, 09:08:53 PM


  On this date in 1941 HMS Illustrious on escort duty running from Alexandria to Malta was attacked by 30 aircraft of Flieger korps X. The planes attacked in flights of six diving from 12000 feet and releasing bombs at 800. Illustrious was badly damaged but managed to limp into Malta for repairs. Despite continued air attacks Illustrious was repaired sufficiently to allow her to sail for Alexandria 13 days later.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 11, 2010, 03:03:54 PM
   

  On this date in 1944 the submarine HMS Tally Ho sank the Japanese Light Cruiser Kuma.
    Tallo Ho spotted the Cruiser exercising about ten miles off Penang, and fired a salvo of seven torpedos from a range of 1900 yards. Two Torpedos hit, and the Kuma sank by the stern.

  Tally Ho despite being rammed by a  Japanese motor launch survived the war, and continued in service untill 1967.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 12, 2010, 10:27:37 PM


    On this date in 1950 the submarine H.M.S. Truculent sank after being in collision with the Swedish Tanker Divina. 48 service personnel and 18 civilian dockyard officials were lost in the accident which took place in the Thames estuary.
                  Only 10 survivors were taken from the sea alive.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 13, 2010, 11:16:04 PM


    On this date in 1968 the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic was formed (STANAVFORLANT)


   Yes ????


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 14, 2010, 09:40:26 PM


         On this date in 1918 H.M. Submarine G8 was reported lost in the North Sea.
    No cause or actual position has ever been established.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 15, 2010, 11:33:02 PM

  On this date in 1942 Lt. George Herbert Goodman MBE. RNVR was awarded the George Cross for dismantling an Italian self destroying torpedo.
   The circling torpedo had beached east of Alexandria, and the lieutant was assisted by PO William Filer RN and Archibald John Russell RN, both were awarded the George Medal.

      Lt. Goodman was killed in action in May 1945.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 16, 2010, 04:39:52 PM


    On this date in 1945 HM submarine Porpoise was lost in the Malacca Straight, possibly sunk by Japanese aircraft.
     Porpoise became the 76th and final submarine to be sunk in WW2.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 17, 2010, 08:15:52 PM



    On this date in 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott R.N. together with his party, arrived at the South Pole,only to find Amundsen the Norwegian explorer had beaten then there.
         Scott's party perished on the return journey.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 18, 2010, 04:09:34 PM


   On this date in 1972 the Minehunter HMS Wilton was launched.
       Wilton was the first RN ship to be built from glass reinforced plastics, with a displacement of 450 tons, she has a crew of 37.





 Maybe they can melt her down and make some modern admirals if we ever run out of those.  ;D


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 19, 2010, 04:10:14 PM


                     On this date in 1960 HMS Bulwark was commissioned as the first Commando Carrier.





       Hands up who remembered that !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: Dave on January 19, 2010, 10:50:33 PM
Also with the Vic up the Gulf,  Paddy was on her (Bulwark)

[edit] 1960s
In 1960, Bulwark was recommissioned with 42 Commando Royal Marines and 848 Squadron attached to the carrier. In 1961, due to an increasing threat of invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, Bulwark landed 42 Commando in Kuwait. In the same year, she became the first Royal Navy warship since World War II to commission outside the UK, commissioning instead in Singapore. She also took part in the campaign against Indonesia, during the Indonesian Confrontation. In June 1966 she carried out sea trials with the Kestrel: the forerunner of the Harrier.[2] In 1967, she again commissioned in Singapore Naval Dockyard, (HMS Terror), and following her work up, proceeded to Aden to cover the withdrawal and relieve Eagle, spending three months at sea off the coast of Aden and embarking a detachment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. These were disembarked in Plymouth following a visit to Durban. A period of dry docking took place in Portsmouth followed by service in the Arctic with 45 Commando embarked for Exercise Polar Express. Exercises were carried out around the Mediterranean with various allied Navies, with visits to southern France, Italy and Cyprus. Following these exercises she returned to Plymouth RND for decommissioning in 1969.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 20, 2010, 10:53:49 PM


    Nice one Dave, yes we did seem to keep crossing her path, I remember her well.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 20, 2010, 11:01:41 PM


   On this date in 1921 HM Submarine K5 was lost in the Bay Of Biscay with all 47 members of the crew perishing.
          K5 sailed with other vessels heading for Spain. During the crossing of the Bay, it was decided to stage a mock battle, during which K5 signaled she was diving, she was not seen again.
 The following day some items of wreckage were recovered, including a sailors Ditty box identified as coming from K5.
    It is thought that some accident caused K5 to exceed her maximum diving depth.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 21, 2010, 06:32:34 PM
   On this date in 1920, H.M. Ships Espiegle,Topaze,Clio,Odin and Later Ark Royal commenced their action in a combined services operation against the Mullah Mohamed Ben Abdulla Hassan of Ogaden, known to the public in UK as "the Mad Mullah"
    The Camel Corp galloped about capturing 1,400 of the Mullahs camels in one action, and the RAF dropped lots of bombs killing most of the Mullahs family, but whilst the "war" was judged a great success at the time, the Mullah (who sounds not to have been completely mad) had made his escape and lived on for many years, without family or army !
 
Great story about how to fight a war on the cheap. (some things never change)


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 22, 2010, 06:38:48 PM

      On this date in 1913 Vickers at Elwick launched a Battleship they had built for Brazil. Unfortunately, Brazil sold ship to Turkey (not our best friends at the time),so Admiralty stepped in and confiscated it.
  The battleship therefore had three owners within a year.
    The Battleship ultimately named HMS Agincourt carried the largest guns in any warship afloat, she was the last vessel to carry 12 in. in her seven turrets which were named after the days of the week !




I would think that a broadside would have been a bit rough on the ears !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 23, 2010, 06:27:56 PM


   On this date in 1833 the great Admiral Edward Pellow,Viscount Exmouth, died.
 
  Pellows final big campaign included the famous attack on Algiers, after the Dey of Algiers failed to free the large number of Christians he was holding as slaves. Pellow took his fleet into Algiers harbour bombarded all the defensive batteries and sank all the ships in the harbour.
    The next day the slaves were released, and ransoms that had been paid were returned in full.


Oh for a modern day Pellow.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 24, 2010, 08:21:16 PM


     On this date in 1945 HMS Victorious as part of task force 63, took part in the air attacks on the oil refineries at Pladjoe (north of Palembang).
   The raid was successful, although 32 aircraft were lost either through enemy action or crash landings.
Other carriers in the force were Indomitable, Illustrious,and Indefatigable, with Rear Admiral Sir Philip Vian commanding.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 26, 2010, 01:01:28 AM


  On this date in 1842 John Arbuthnot Fisher was born.
 Better known to British sailors as Jacky Fisher, he joined the Royal Navy in 1854 as a penniless boy and rose through the ranks to become one of the greatest First Sea Lords of all time.
   Fisher influenced almost every aspect of the Navy for the good, but stokers of his period would have been pleased when he converted the ships to oil from coal against conventional wisdom of the time. A man who Churchill described as the major influence that won us the First World War.

   Fisher died in 1920


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 26, 2010, 09:25:52 PM
 

        On this date in 1826, HMS Sulphur, the last bomb vessel built for the RN was launched at Chatham.
  Sulphur didn't have much of a future as a bomb ship, and was converted to a survey vessel in 1835.
During her service, she was used by  Commander Edward Belcher to survey and explore the Pacific Coast of South America, and in 1841 to check out and Map Hong Kong harbour.


   Commander Belcher seems to have been a bit of a tough captain, it was reported that his officers didn't like him much, but Hong Kong was a good run ashore, so he wasn't all bad !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 27, 2010, 11:10:22 PM



         On this date in 1816 the great Admiral Samuel, Viscount Hood died.

      A great deal of sea time and action, in many theatres of war, an officer who knew what he was doing.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 28, 2010, 11:19:12 PM


    On this date in 1596 Sir Francis Drake died of fever off Porto Bello and was buried at sea.
 
Born near Tavistock, he was the first English Admiral to achieve international fame.
    Making his three year voyage round the world (claiming lumps of it for Queen Bess) he picked up enough articles to be able to pay a dividend to his investors of £47-00 for every pound they had invested.
Probably the most successful voyage in history.


 Today the government would probably impose a windfall tax on him, and worry about Spanish Civil Rights !!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 29, 2010, 05:49:12 PM


       On this date in 1945 HMS VIctorious took part in the air attacks on Japanese oil refineries at
         Soengei.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 30, 2010, 08:01:25 PM



    On this date in 1857 the Royal Navy introduced uniforms for P.O's, seamen and boys.


    I suppose that's when some bright Crusher thought up kit musters, ( to make Jacks life more miserable).
         Do they still do it ????  :o


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on January 31, 2010, 09:09:13 PM


      On this date in 1944 Magpie,Starling and Wild Goose sank U592 in the Western Approaches.

     The ships following the methods devised earlier in the war by the great "Walker R.N." tracked the submarine as hunters after they had been signaled its presence by an American plane, like many of Walkers successes, the boat went down with all hands.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 01, 2010, 09:50:35 PM


      On this date in 1943 HMS Welshman (M84) the Abdiel class mine layer was hit by a torpedo and sank with the loss of 157 men.
       Welshman was carrying supplies and personnel to Tobruk when the torpedo fired by u617 struck, her mine passage flooded rapidly and she sank within two hours.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 02, 2010, 09:51:48 PM




       On this date in 1867 the Writer Rating was introduced to the service. ................



    and so "scribes" was invented.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 03, 2010, 08:53:27 PM


   On this date in 1943 HMS Victorious left Norfolk ,Virginia heading for the Panama Canal, having completed a refit in Norfolk yards.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 04, 2010, 09:33:09 PM


   On this date in 1949 HMS Royal Sovereign was returned to the Royal Navy by the Russians who had borrowed her in 1944.
 The battleship, Royal Sovereign, launched in 1915 had seen service in WW1, and was loaned to Russia in 1944, after a refit in America. The ship left UK in July 1944 with a convoy heading for Murmansk with a Russian crew, and a new name, the Arkhangelsk, accompanied by 12 U.S. Navy PT boats (also with Russian crews) that the US navy had lent them.

    When Royal Sovereign returned home in 1949,she was immediately put onto the reserve lists, and sold for scrap soon after. Government cut backs !!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 05, 2010, 10:32:33 PM

    On this date in 1888 Bruce Fraser was born. Later known to many older Victorious men as Admiral Fraser. In 1943 he was Commander in Chief of the Home Fleet when Scharnhorst was brought to action and sunk, and in 1944 was given command of the British Pacific Fleet,and was the British signer of the Japanese "Instrument of Surrender" on September the second 1945.
         Admiral Fraser retired as Admiral of the Fleet in 1951, and crossed the bar on the 12th Feb 1981.



   


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 06, 2010, 11:58:25 PM


  On this date in 1806 Vice Admiral Sir John Duckworth beat a French squadron under Rear Admiral Leissegues. The battle took place in San Domingo Bay and the British captured a number of ships and destroyed a good number more.



 The French didn't have much luck round this period, and the Brits made quite a packet in Prize money no doubt !! I suppose its about time we said sorry to the French for being so aggressive/greedy ??


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 07, 2010, 10:04:37 PM


  On this date in 1941 Combined Operations were moved from Plymouth to Derby House in Liverpool.
Combined Operations were responsible for control of the Western Approaches,and played a major role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the fight to keep open the convoy supply routes and to counter the U Boat menace.


Derby House with its historical war time bunkers has now been fully restored to its war time condition and is open to the public.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 08, 2010, 07:58:57 PM


   On this date in 1944 HMS Woodpecker and Wild goose sank U.762 in the South West Approaches.




  Carrying on in the style of Johnny Walker.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 09, 2010, 06:05:52 PM

  On this date in 1748 John Thomas Duckworth was born.
 Duckworth is one of the least known Admirals from the "Great age of Sail" mainly because there was so many other "greats" about during his period of service. However, Duckworth ,who joined the navy at the age of eleven, was a great naval officer, well recognised with awards and medals to match Nelson and Pellow.Duckworth saw action in almost every area Britain fought in, Europe,the Caribbean Mediterranean West Indies and notably Newfoundland as Comander-in Chief of the Canadian Squadron in the American War.
    Napoleon, when being shipped into exile on Bellerophon, stopped over in Plymouth, he was met by Duckworth,who at that time was C-in-C Plymouth, and senior officer, it turned out Duckworth was the last senior officer Napoleon ever met. The meeting must have been strained, Duckworths son had been killed in Spain fighting the French with Wellingtons forces, at the battle of Albuera.
  Duckworth died in the base at Plymouth in 1817 after a long and very distinguished service.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 11, 2010, 12:40:37 AM



     On this date in 1940 the first magnetic mine was swept off a sunken lightship, using a towed
loop of cable. The feat was carried out by HMS Salve and Servitor.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 11, 2010, 10:02:39 PM
      On this date in 1797 Commodore Horatio Nelson gave the now legendary order,
 "By God I'll not lose Hardy:back the mizzen topsail"
 Whilst on occasion this order may have been heard at a not very P.C. sods opera, it is a recorded fact.
     Nelson in the Minerve, had bumped into a couple of Spanish first rate battleships and had put on all sail to get away, as a broadside from one of them would probably have finished him. He was pulling away from the Spanish ships, when a crew member went over the side,and captain Hardy launch a boat in an attempt to rescue him, taking oars himself. Hardy had only a short while previously been released by the Spanish in a prisoner exchange,and had Nelson continued in full flight, Hardy would have been back in their hands.
 Fortunately for Nelson and Hardy the Spanish missunderstood the actions of Minerva, believing Nelson to have spotted helpful reinforcements, so they turned away, and Nelson sailed on into history.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 12, 2010, 06:22:37 PM
On this date in 1942 Lt.Cdr Eugene Esmonde V.C. led the Swordfish aircraft of 825 Sq.in an attack on the German Gneisenau,Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen, during the action now known as "The Channel Dash".
   
    "There can,in the history of forlorn hopes, be few more moving stories than that of the last flight of No 825 Squadron. It's leader-the same officer who had led the Swordfish from Victorious to attack the Bismarck in May 1941 - typified all that was finest in the newest branch of the naval service and the junior members of her squadron followed him faithfully to the end".

    S.W. Roskill.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 13, 2010, 09:31:27 PM


     On this date in 1941 Albacore aircraft of 826 and 829 sq. left HMS Formidable to attack
      Massawa, Entrea, as part of Operation Composition.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 14, 2010, 07:23:19 PM
 On this date in 1942 Lt.Thomas Wilkinson won his posthumous V.C.

 Lt Wilkinson RNR, was captain of a small auxillary patrol vessel, armed with one old four inch gun,the Li Wo. The Li Wo met the advance force of the Japanese invasion fleet South of Singapore, and despite the overwhelming odds turned and engaged the enemy, managing to ram a  transport before being sunk. There were ten survivors of the original crew and passengers.



  The Royal Navy at its best.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 15, 2010, 06:36:44 PM


   On this date in 1942 Singapore capitulated to the Japanese Land Forces.





 but we won't go there! read about the Li Wo.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 16, 2010, 08:51:17 PM


    On this date in 1940, HMS Cossack entered the Norwegian fjord Jossing, and released 299 prisoners that the Norwegian authorities had said were not there. The prisoners, held on the Altmark, a supply ship to the Graff Spee, were said to have been released to the shout of "The Navy's here". Whatever may or may not have been shouted , the Cossack went alongside, boarded and 299 British prisoners got home despite the best efforts of a couple of Norwegian destroyers , and the German Navy!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 17, 2010, 10:46:54 PM


   On this date in 1912 Petty Officer Evans died in the Antarctic on Captain Scott's expedition.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 18, 2010, 11:07:39 PM

  on this date in 1910 a bunch of hoaxers disguised themselves as Arabs, and perporting to be a group of Princes from Abyssinia conned their way onto HMS Dreadnought and got a conducted tour of the ship.
   Dreadnought was at Weymouth at the time and the hoaxers had sent phoney telegrams advising the ship to facilitate the visit, and had even conned the railways into providing them with a free first class carrage down to Weymouth from London.
   During their period on board the hoaxers pretending to be speaking  in Abyssinian constantly used the term
 "Bunga - Bunga" the crew assuming it meant very good or some such term !
        Bunga-Bunga was all over the newspapers front pages when the hoax was revealed, and followed Dreadnought for the rest of her service. It was said that Admiralty was not amused.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 19, 2010, 10:11:38 PM



    On this date in 1944 Starling and Woodpecker sank U264 in North Atlantic.

        Johnny Walkers old boys again !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 20, 2010, 06:03:43 PM



      On this date in 1942 HMS Victorious was in company with battleship King GeorgeV and cruiser Berwick heading for Tromso with an escort of seven destroyers.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 21, 2010, 11:08:17 PM


 On this date in 1942 Victorious told to alter course to intercept German warships Admiral Scheer and Prinz Eugen.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 22, 2010, 06:15:21 PM


   On this date HMS Victorious flew off her Albacors to search for the two enemy ships, but bad weather closed down operations and prevented detection.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 23, 2010, 09:48:25 PM


    On this date in 1854, Admiral Napier was appointed to command the North Sea Fleet in the Russian War, and Rear Admiral Dundas the Mediterranean.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 24, 2010, 09:37:50 PM


   On this date in 1809 General George Beckwith and Rear Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, captured
Martinique from the French.
     The French Eagles that they captured ans sent back to home were the first ever seen in England.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 25, 2010, 10:03:58 PM


    On this date in 1966 MCD Branch was formed !
 
  Minewarfare and Clearance Diver Branch was formed in response to the increasing complexity of minewarfare.
 Clearance divers are highly qualified and often work at the limits of modern technology. One of the tasks these diver undertake is the training of ships divers for the less complex diving tasks.

As a survivor of a ships- diver course in 67 I would add that the ships divers job may have been less complex, but doing the course as an over weight stoker probably would have qualified us for astronaut jobs !! nearly killed me anyway !! slimmed me down anyway!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 26, 2010, 08:54:05 PM


  On this date in 1915 Lt.Com. Eric Gascoigne Robinson was awarded his V.C. for charging and single handedly destroying a pair of Turkish 4inch shore batteries at Gallipoli. It was stated later that he should have had another medal for later even more dangerous actions, but he hadn't at the time received his first medal, so he didn't get one.
   The exploits of this officer cannot be done justice here, but he had an exceptionally long service period,serving the R.N. in four wars.

   He crossed the Bar in 1965, at Haslar Hospital. A story well worth recording for posterity.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 27, 2010, 10:22:35 PM



      On this date in 1847 Senior Engineers became commissioned officers.






   They needed someone to chase up the Stokers I suppose !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on February 28, 2010, 09:41:43 PM


     On this date in 1866 Grape Shot was declared obsolete in the R.N.





  I hear a buzz there is a move afoot to reinstate it for use in the House of Commons. It's a vote winner ! clear the deck for some real action ! Ex-Field Gunners feel free to muster.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 01, 2010, 09:46:06 PM


          On this date in 1881 R.N. Medical School Haslar opened, and RNR Officers uniform instituted.





   Well I presume the government hasn,t pinched the Wavy Navy kit yet, ?  has it ?? give it time!!!


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Post by: stokerstan on March 02, 2010, 10:27:03 PM


   On this date in 1944 the longest continuous "U" boat hunt ended with the sinking of U358.

The hunt started in the Western Approaches when on the 29th of Feb HMS Garlies gained an asdic contact and the first escort Group attacked with hedgehog and depth charges. All through the night and following day contact was maintained and a total of 104 depth charges expended. On the second Feb Garlies and another frigate returned to Gibraltar, but HMS Affleck and Gould maintained contact, and continued the hunt. At 1920, Gould was hit by a acoustic torpedo. and U358 broke surface, Affleck opened fire from 1500 yards, then attacked with depth charges. U358 sank only one survivor was picked up.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 03, 2010, 10:33:25 PM


   On this day in 1945 Rapid,Rocket,Roebuck and Rotherham (force 68) bombarded Port Blair,Andaman Islands.






Roebuck was a training ship for Raleigh in late 50's.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 04, 2010, 09:21:09 PM




   On this date in 1943 HMS Victorious arrived at Pearl Harbour Hawii.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 05, 2010, 09:57:45 PM
 

  On this date in 1942 Commander Anthony Cecil Capel won his V.C.

   Capel was in command of the sub Torbay, and had followed a German convoy on the Greek coast in the hope of attacking it. The convoy did not stop at Corfu Harbour as Capel had hope but continued through the straits. Capel chose to enter the heavily patrolled area of Corfu Harbour when two supply ships were spotted. Torbay sank both enemy ships, but was hounded for seventeen hour in the flat calm sea conditions, but eventually made good their escape despite having been bombarded with forty depth charges.

   Capel was made Rear Admiral in 1956- He crossed the bar in Inverness in 1985.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 07, 2010, 09:41:40 PM


  On this date in 1885 John(Jack)Tovey G.C.B. K.B.E. D.S.O. D.C.L.  was born.
 Tovey entered the R.N. at 14, at the start of WW1, and commanded a destroyer at Jutland ! winning has DSO. He served in a number of ships between the wars including HMS Rodney.
    Tovey was a Vice Admiral by 1940, and Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet by November of that year.
Tovey had a number of clashes with the First Sea Lord Dudley Pound, and also with Winston Churchill, but as the man credited with sinking Bismarck, it does not seem to have damaged him, he was Admiral of the Fleet by 1943 !

   Admiral Tovey crossed the bar in1971.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 08, 2010, 10:25:36 PM

   On this date in 1941 HMS Wolverine a veteran destroyer, escorting convoy OB293 spotted U47 directing an attack. Wolverine attacked, then shadowed the Uboat until finally scoring a hit with depth charges, and sinking her.
    The captain of the Uboat was the famous Uboat ace, Gunther Prien, the captain who sank Royal Oak.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 09, 2010, 06:20:53 PM


     On this date in 1942 Albacore aircraft of 817/832 squadrons flew from Victorious in an unsuccessful attempt to sink the German Battleship Tirpitz, off Norway.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 10, 2010, 09:21:16 PM


    On this date in 1957 the Air Branch of the RNVR disbanded after ten years existence.





   
       Was it to save money ??


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Post by: stokerstan on March 11, 2010, 10:25:16 PM


    On this date in 1854 the first RN steam fleet sailed for operations- fifteen ships left Spithead for the Baltic under Admiral Napier.





   And the stokers have been hard at it ever since !  ::)


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Post by: Topsey on March 12, 2010, 06:45:34 PM


    On this date in 1854 the first RN steam fleet sailed for operations- fifteen ships left Spithead for the Baltic under Admiral Napier.





   And the stokers have been hard at it ever since !  ::) 
Yes I recall tripping over two of them getting bronzy bronzy whilst us poor sailor jacks were trying to scrub the Quarterdeck


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Post by: stokerstan on March 12, 2010, 11:45:48 PM

      Quarter deck ? where was that/ must have been on a posh bit of the boat ! now the cable deck I do recall, up the Gulf, middle watch done hammock slung, and along comes a gang of daft sand-scratchers wanting to muck about with hose pipes !! of course they were seen off !


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Post by: stokerstan on March 12, 2010, 11:49:37 PM


   On this date in 1943 Victorious was having additional anti aircraft guns fitted in Hawaii.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 14, 2010, 12:25:05 AM


  On this date in 1801 Nelson wrote to Lady Hamilton,whilst on his way to Copenhagen.

       " I hate your pen and ink men; a fleet of British ships of war are the best negotiators in Europe"


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Post by: stokerstan on March 14, 2010, 08:40:57 PM



       On this date in 1921 the New Zealand division of the Royal Navy was formed


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Post by: stokerstan on March 15, 2010, 09:35:10 PM



      On this date in 1943, the Royal Navy launched its first X craft ( the midget submarine).


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Post by: stokerstan on March 16, 2010, 10:38:28 PM

  On this date in 1917 the German disguised raider Leopard was sunk 240 miles off the Shetland Isles,
    She had only been at sea a short time after a very expensive refit to turn her from merchant vessel into a raider. She was stopped by HMS Achilles (cruiser), which was accompanying the SS Dundee, a boarding vessel, Dundee put a boading crew on her, and Leopards captain realised the game was up, and launched torpedo's at Dundee. Both missed and Leopard was blown out of the water, going down with all hands, and Dundee's boarding party.


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Post by: Gary on March 17, 2010, 12:51:22 PM
I bet the poor buggers who were part of the boarding party were chuffed!!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on March 17, 2010, 09:27:52 PM


       I believe it was an officer and five ratings,
           

              For King and Country !




Where was the health and Safety Wallah when you needed them ????


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on March 17, 2010, 09:46:29 PM

   On this date in 1941 Convoy HX112 was entering the Western Approaches with the 5th Escort Group led by Cmdr D Macintyre. Spotted by UBoat, a Wolf Pack converged on the convoy.
  The convoy had a high number of tankers desperately needed in U.K. and the running fight that ensued cost the convoy six ships. However by the seventeenth the escorts picked up and eventually sank two Uboats, beating off the remainder of the pack and bringing the convoy into Liverpool.
 The sunken Uboats were a major loss to Germany,the two boats had been captained by the leading Uboat aces of the war, U100 went down with the loss of most of her crew, and her captain, Schepke. 
   U99 sunk by depth charge and gun fire was captained by Kretschmer who with the majority of his crew was taken prisoner. Both Uboats had sunk numerous allied vessels. 


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Post by: stokerstan on March 18, 2010, 07:07:46 PM
 

    On this date in 1915 SS.No1 (Submarine Scout number one) made its maiden flight at
     Kingsnorth on Medway. The non rigid naval airship was (it was hoped ) to be the answere to the threat presented by the submarine.
     

     Didn't work out that well.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 19, 2010, 10:33:24 PM




         On this date in 1977 Royal Marines rigid raiding craft from HMS Vigilant captured 5 terrorists off Warrenpoint (Ireland). Vigilant engaged shore positions.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 20, 2010, 05:15:02 PM


    On this date in 1953 the first naval helicopter lift of troops into combat took place.
      (Royal Navy Sikorskis in Malaya).


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Post by: stokerstan on March 21, 2010, 08:53:55 PM


      On this date in 1890 the Royal Marine Depot Band was formed.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 23, 2010, 12:17:01 AM


     On this date in 1773 all Captains entitled to half pay.






   
  and today everyone gets half pay !!!


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on March 24, 2010, 12:22:48 AM



     On this day in 1945 HMS Victorious was assigned to the US 5th Fleet.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 24, 2010, 10:36:39 PM


     On this date in 1878 HMS Eurydice (train ship) was lost in a storm off Ventnor.
        330 trainees were lost, there was just two survivors !


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Post by: stokerstan on March 25, 2010, 10:12:10 PM



     On this date in 1675 the first Royal Yacht, Mary, 
        was wrecked off Skerries


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on March 26, 2010, 09:11:00 PM
 

On this date in 1945, Victorious was part of the British Pacific Fleet involved in Operation Iceberg.
 The carriers Illustrious,Indefatigable,Indomitable, and Victorious launched air attacks on the Japanese Islands Myako and Ishigaki (Sakishima group).
  The carrier force launched 5,335 sorties, dropping almost 1000 tons of bombs, launching 1000 rockets and firing half a million rounds of ammunition. 57 enemy aircraft were shot down.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 27, 2010, 10:17:48 PM


   On this date in 1943 the Avenger Class Escort Carrier H.M.S. Dasher mysteriously exploded in the Clyde, and sank within eight minutes.
    379 members of her crew were lost, only 149 surviving the disaster.
  Dasher was an American built merchant vessel converted by the RN for carrier duties, and the cause of the explosion has never been explained.

  A memorial remembering those who were lost in Dasher was dedicated in 1993 at Ardrossan.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 28, 2010, 08:10:36 PM


   On this date in 1941 Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham took on an Italian fleet in the
Battle of Cape Matapan. The Italian fleet had ventured out looking for convoys supporting the allies
fighting in Greece. The Italian fleet did not do too well losing capital ships sunk in the engagement.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 29, 2010, 09:25:41 PM



      On this date in 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott died of exposure and starvation, together with his two remaining companions. Scott was returning from the South Pole, and was just 11 miles from a major supply depot, when weather conditions made progress impossible.

    Their bodies were found eight months later.


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Post by: stokerstan on March 31, 2010, 03:42:59 PM



   On this date in 1971 saw the first Fleet Chief Petty Officers appointed , by warrant.




30 March


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Post by: stokerstan on March 31, 2010, 03:45:37 PM



 On this date in 1979 the final withdrawal from Malta by the Royal Navy was completed.
    The F.O. Malta sailed in HMS London a.m. !st April.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 01, 2010, 10:36:59 PM


    On this date in 1924 the shipborne element of the RAF was recognised as
        Fleet Air Arm


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Post by: stokerstan on April 02, 2010, 09:57:16 PM

  On this date in 1801 Vice Admiral Nelson acting as second in command to Admiral Sir Hyde Parker was attacking the Danish fleet at Copenhagen. Parker became nervous as to the outcome, and signal for the fleet to withdraw, but Nelson being not happy with the order made the now famous gesture of putting his telescope to his blind eye, saying " Leave off the action... now damn me if I do ...you know Foley I have only one eye, and I have the right to be blind sometimes, and I really do not see the signal".

     The day was won.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 03, 2010, 08:34:59 PM


  On this date in 1944 HMS Victorious as part of Force 7 took part in Operation Tungsten, the attack and bombing of the German battleship Tirpitz. Corsairs and Barracudes with an umbrella of fighter cover provided by Hellcats,Seafires,and Wildcats,successfully put Tirpitz out of action again, just as she was completing seatrials after major repair work following the great attack by midget submarines several months earlier.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 04, 2010, 04:39:16 PM



    On this date in 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty was signed and NATO set up.
       The twelve countries signing up to the treaty subscribed to the doctrine that an attack on one member was an attack on all.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 05, 2010, 09:46:26 PM



      Pursers were designated Paymasters by Order in Council.





   So the "pay bob" has been round a while !


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Post by: stokerstan on April 06, 2010, 06:16:03 PM


 
         On this date in 1919 HMS Kent landed gun's crews at Vladivostok to support White Russians
4,500 miles west of on the Kama River in the South Urals.





   Jack got everywhere !!


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Post by: stokerstan on April 07, 2010, 10:02:55 PM



     On this date in 1496 the first dry dock was opened at Portsmouth
         It cost £193-0- 6.3/4p





Suit the MOD today !


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Post by: stokerstan on April 08, 2010, 11:27:49 PM

   On this date in 1940, Lt.Cmd Gerald Broadmeade Roope won his V.C.

 Commander Roope was the captain of HMS Glowworm, which sank after ramming the German cruiser Admiral Hipper off the coast of Norway.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 09, 2010, 11:21:15 PM



    On this date in 1942 the carrier HMS Hermes was sunk, southeast of Trincomalee, Ceylon.

 Hermes was the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be built in the world, being launched in 1919.
She was attacked by aircraft from the Japanese First air Fleet and was sunk with two of her escourts.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 10, 2010, 09:01:53 PM




      On this date in 1940, the German cruiser Konigsberg was sunk at Bergan.
        The ship, was the first major German warship to be sunk by aircraft in the second world war.
 The ship was attacked by Skua aircraft from 800 and 803 squadrons.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 11, 2010, 11:16:31 PM


      On this date in 1940 HM submarine Spearfish torpedoed the German pocket battleship Lutzow.
 Spearfish was on patrol off the Skaw, when she was attacked by anti submarine vessels. She was depth charged intensively (66 depth charges dropped round her in a little over an hour),but she escaped with minor damage. The attackers withdrew, and at midnight Spearfish surfaced, and spotted the pocket battleship. Six torpedo's were fired and at least one struck the battleships stern, blowing off her props, and rudder. The battleship was sinking slowly by the stern, but was eventually towed back into Kiel,where she remained under repair for over a year.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 12, 2010, 11:10:34 PM


     On this date in 1945 Victorious launched attacks against Japanese airfields in Formosa.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 13, 2010, 11:27:06 PM



   On this date in 1945 Victorious continued its air attacks against the Japanese with strikes against Matsuyuma and Shinchiku.



Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 14, 2010, 11:32:15 PM


   On this date in 1944 X24 laid two charges under the floating dock at Bergan. The dock was undamaged but the German SS Barenfels lying alongside was sunk !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 15, 2010, 11:49:46 PM


    On this date in 1942 the King awarded the island of Malta the George Cross.

   Thirty five ships were lost between February and August 1942 in the battle to keep the island supplied with food and fuel, many more were sunk or damaged in Malta harbour.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 16, 2010, 11:08:53 PM



    On this date in 1941 HMS Victorious started her sea trials and made her maiden voyage to Rosyth.






   and so it started !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 17, 2010, 07:36:51 PM

       On this date in 1941 Lt. Ernest Oliver Gidden RNVR won a George Cross.
Gidden was serving with HMS President, when advised that an unexploded bomb was lodged on the track of the underground railway at Hungerford Bridge. He found that the bomb was across the third "electric" rail, and was partially melted onto it, he had to use a hammer and chisel on a number of occasions to get to parts of the bomb. He worked on the bomb for six hours to defuse it.
   He had already won a G.M. for previous bomb disposal work.

   


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Post by: stokerstan on April 19, 2010, 10:17:54 PM


     On this date in 1757 Edward Pellow was born. Pellow went on to become one of the most famous seamen in the history of the Royal Navy, a life that reads like a boys own novel.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on April 20, 2010, 09:39:48 PM


      On this date in 1837 Captain Robert Contart McMrea, with boats of Zebra, captured the ex-Rajah of Kedah at Bruas, Perak.






Have not been able to discover what we did with him yet. Probably issued him with an apology and a social security number.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 21, 2010, 09:17:52 PM


       On this date in 1848 HMS Terror and Erebus were abandoned after becoming icebound in the Artic.
Neither vessel has ever been found despite numerous searches. The ships had been fitted out to survive in the ice, for use by Sir John Franklin in his Artic expedition. No crew member from either ship survived, although a number of corpses were subsequently discovered.


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Post by: stokerstan on April 25, 2010, 12:56:10 PM

    On this date in 1725 Augustus Keppel was born.
  Keppel join the RN as a ten year old and at fifteen was sent on a four year trip round the world with Admiral Anson. During the voyage narrowly missed getting killed,and captured, but did lose most of his teeth to scurvy!
   During his career, Keppel was busy getting involved in politics and fighting the French, Spanish and Americans. As a Vice Admiral in 1770 he was to raise his flag in command of a fleet due to attack the Spanish who were making claims on the Falkland Islands, but as the Spanish didn't push the claims the matter never came to pass.
    Keppel was forced to strike his flag in 1779 after getting involved in one too many political rows, and crossed the bar in 1786.

 


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Post by: stokerstan on April 29, 2010, 10:55:56 PM



     On this date in 1847 the first canned meat was issued to ships as part of victualling stores.






  I,m sure we got a bit of it on the Vic once or twice! (sorry chef only kidding).


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Post by: stokerstan on April 30, 2010, 11:31:08 PM



     On this date in 1861 Instructor Officers were first appointed by commission.


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Post by: stokerstan on May 01, 2010, 07:55:09 PM




     On this date in 1795 Able Seaman Provo Wallis signed on: he died as Admiral of the Fleet in
       15th Feb 1892.




    Roll on my doz  has lost its edge !


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Post by: stokerstan on May 03, 2010, 10:03:55 PM



     On this date in 1977 the "Through Deck Cruiser" HMS Invicible was launched by HM The Queen at Vickers yard Barrow.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 06, 2010, 09:28:41 PM



   On this date in 1770 Captain Cook discovered Port Jackson (Sydney).







  Got everywhere these Yorkshire chaps !


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Post by: stokerstan on May 07, 2010, 08:00:15 PM



      On this date in 1765 HMS Victory was launched.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 09, 2010, 12:01:58 AM

   On this date in 1945 the War in Eupope ended.






  Missed my deadline by a minute I notice. Sorry of course it was the 8th.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 11, 2010, 10:54:14 PM


     On this date in 1859, the Admiralty invited tenders for a pair of ironclad ships, HMS Warrior and Black prince.
          Hms Warrior is now quite well known to visitors to Pompey, and is well worth a visit.
Black Prince perhaps not quite so well known, was a ship that had a good and long life. By 1900 this Warrior class was totally out of date, but was still put to use. Black Prince went to Queenstown in Ireland where she was used as a trainship for Irish boys.


    Be interested if anyone has any details of this period in Black Prince,was she the Irish Ganges ???


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Post by: stokerstan on May 14, 2010, 11:42:29 PM


   On this date in 1829 Admiral Francis Beaufort was appointed  Hydrographer. 








Now we know where the Beaufort scale comes from ! but roughers were roughers !


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 15, 2010, 07:51:23 PM

   On this date in 1917 Skipper Joseph Watt won his V.C.

Joseph Watt was a Scottish fisherman, skipper of drifter. Along with many in his profession he volunteered at the outbreak of war for service in the RNVR. Watt saw quite a lot of action in the first years of the war, and was awarded a gold medal by the Serbians, for helping to rescue part of their army. Watt's VC was won in 1915, when as skipper of a drifter, HMS Gowanlea, he was employed in the patrolling of the Otranto Strait, preventing enemy submarines from gaining entry into the Med. The Austrians decided to break through the lightly armed drifters, and arrived with three Cruisers two destroyers and three subs.
 The Austrian Admiral ordered the drifters to abandon ship in preparation to sinking them. Watt allowed the first cruiser to approach to with a hundred yards, and the drifter crew of eight men, and one dog gave three cheers, and opened fire with his single gun. All the drifters followed suit, many of them being sunk. Watt survived and got his medal.
It was said he never spoke of the award,and he was back manning a drifter for the RNVR in world war 2.

Joseph Watt V.C. RNVR crossed the bar in 1955.


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Post by: stokerstan on May 16, 2010, 04:22:11 PM

  On this date in 1908 the first "D" class submarine was launched in great secrecy at Barrow-in-Furness.
The D1 was capable of ten knots on the surface, was powered by diesel engines, and was the first boat to be fitted with wireless transmitters.
     The boat is said to be the first modern submarine, with a shape recognisable in todays boats.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 22, 2010, 11:53:18 PM


On this date in 1943, all "U"boats were recalled by the Germans from the Battle of the Atlantic.
Throughout May, 41 boats were lost by the Germans, 38 of them in the Atlantic.

 The introduction of centimetric radar and its fitting in ships and aircraft obliged Uboats to dive during battery charging surface runs and also made surface attacks very dangerous.

   The Uboat was never again able to take the upper hand in the war at sea.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 24, 2010, 09:03:55 PM
 

    On this date in 1941 Lt.Cdr. Malcolm David Wanklyn DSO @ 2 bars, was awarded his V.C.
Wanklyn who was born in India, joined the RN in 1925 transfereing to submarines in 1932.
In 1940 he was given command of HMS Upholder, and by 1941 he had sunk almost 140,000 tons on enemy shipping, including troopships and destroyers.
      In 1942 whilst on their 25th patrol off North East Tripoli Upholder with all her crew were lost.The actual cause is still not certain, but it is known that she had been attacked by aircraft, and depth-charged by Italian war ships. To date no remains have been reported found.

    Upholder held the record at the end of the war for the greatest tonnage of enemy vessels sunk.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 25, 2010, 11:33:24 PM



          On this date in 1941 Victorious was flying off her Swordfish attempting to re- locate Bismarck, after their original strike had scored a torpedo hit amidships of the German battle ship, on the previous days attack.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 26, 2010, 10:15:06 PM


    On this date in 1940 we started picking up the BEF off the beaches of Dunkirk.


     A lot of ships ,large and small were lost in the next few days, and a lot of good men.


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Post by: stokerstan on May 27, 2010, 09:43:55 PM




    On this date in 1965 Admiral of the Fleet Sir Philip Vian died. Twenty five years after sinking the Bismark.


       Do they make them like him anymore ??


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 28, 2010, 11:21:06 PM



    On this date in 1803 HMS Victory captured the French Embuscade 140 miles N.E. by N of Capr Ortegal.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 30, 2010, 09:03:58 PM


     On this date in 1951 Admiral of the Fleet Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt crossed the bar.
       The Admiral had had a long and distinguished naval career all round the globe. Tyrwhitt was the last of the WW1 officers to haul down his flag when he did so in 1933. He was promoted Admiral of the Fleet in 1934.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on May 31, 2010, 10:49:18 PM


  On this date in 1825 thee first "Scuba" type diving device was patented.





   One for the divers.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 05, 2010, 11:27:22 PM


     On this date in 1945 HMS Victorious arrived back in Sydney for repairs.
  The Vic had been hit on the fifth on May by two Kamikaze planes,the flight deck was holed, but remained operational.
    There was three men killed in the attack,and ninteen wounded.


Title: Re: On this date in the R.N.
Post by: stokerstan on June 06, 2010, 09:35:16 PM
On this date in 1762 Admiral of the Fleet Lord Anson crossed the bar.
 In 1740 Anson was given command of six small war ships, two supply ships and 1500 men, and sent off to attack the Spanish colonies in the Pacific. His force sounded quite strong, until he found out that, that 500 of his men were Chelsea pensioners, and 300 completely untrained raw recruits.The ships were in a poor state of repair, and the crews were said to be of "poor" quality.
   However Anson did his best,lost a lot of men. four ships, but did manage to capture a Spanish treasure ship, and got it back to England where it was valued at over £1000000.
     Anson it seems was however not too keen on taking on more jobs for the government of the day, and refused point blank to serve until there had been a change of government !!!
He made First Lord in 1751, and was made Admiral of the Fleet in1761.

There has to be a moral in this somewhere for our current top brass ????


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Post by: stokerstan on June 08, 2010, 12:20:54 PM


   On this date in 1945 Cdr. A.R.Hezlet skipper of the sub Trenchant, won a DSO,and the U.S. Legion of Merit for sinking the Japanese heavy cruiser Ashigara.
     Trenchant had been attacked earlier in the day by a Japanese destroyer, but on sighting the cruiser chose to attack with a spread of torpedos. Five torpedos hit, blowing off the cruisers bows,and setting her on fire.
   The cruiser sank, and was the last servicable heavy enemy ship in the area, it was the eve of the Australian landings in North Borneo.


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Post by: stokerstan on June 10, 2010, 10:38:03 AM


     On this date in 1940 Italy entered WW2.





    Not the best idea they had ever had.!   



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Post by: stokerstan on June 12, 2010, 07:33:50 PM


   On this date in 1941 Victorious was in Gibralter having transfered 24 Hurricanes to Ark Royal.


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Post by: stokerstan on June 14, 2010, 07:33:13 PM
 

   On this date in 1809 Henry Keppel was born. He joined the Navy in 1822, and had a great service record, (although he did manage to run one of his commands onto rock off Hong Kong).
   He made Admiral of the Fleet after serving all over the globe, as a young captain was particularly good at sorting out pirates off the coast of Malay, and saw a lot of service time on the China station.
   In later life he got into trouble with his wife for his involvement with other ladies !but if the name seems familiar, the Singapore Keppel Harbour, many of us knew well, is named after this chap.


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Post by: Dave on June 15, 2010, 08:40:24 AM
Stan there was a Kepple Division at Ganges,  I was in Kepple 5,  also seeing someone next Monday from Kepple 5 mess,  last seen in 1960, will have a pint for the memory.   


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Post by: stokerstan on June 15, 2010, 08:20:43 PM


   Nice one Dave, if you get into Berkshire at any time, Keppel is buried in the Parish Church yard in
    Winkfield.
                Life and the ladies does not seem to have done him much harm, he crossed the bar in 1904 at the age of 95 !
          Now thats worth a toast !  :D


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Post by: stokerstan on June 15, 2010, 08:30:22 PM


     On this date in 1961 Victorious sailed from Singapore. We had missed a run to Japan owing to rudder trouble (and I seem to remember a badly leaking stern gland). Vic had dry docked, and the hands had a stay in Terror barracks. I also seem to recall that the ship was fumigated to kill off the cockroaches !
Some good racing stock was lost in the slaughter !
    To make up for the non-trip to Japan, we had a week-end in Pulau Tiomen !! with three cans of beer per man!     Today this jaunt will set you back squillions !

      Sombody must remember that ????


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Post by: Dave on June 15, 2010, 09:05:15 PM
I remember PT,   also tomorrow Wednesday,  up in Brum going to Meet Dolly,  last seen on the Vic 1962


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Post by: stokerstan on June 15, 2010, 09:24:29 PM


        Sign him up Dave ! we need more seamen!! the stokers are taking over ? he is a seaman isn't he ?
                ;) have a good trip.


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Post by: Dave on June 16, 2010, 06:21:29 PM
Stan a good run ashore with Dolly   :) enough said  :) :)  after 48 years  :( 


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Post by: stokerstan on June 18, 2010, 04:41:58 PM


    Hi Dave, glad to hear the run went well, I bet neither of you had changed a jot since the run before ?


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Post by: stokerstan on June 18, 2010, 04:50:26 PM

   
   On this date in 1855 the RN were involved in the siege of Sebastopol, during the Crimean war.

         During an attack on one of the major fortifications ringing the city,known as the Great Redan, the navy won five V.C.s.
         The awards went to a Captain, a Lieutenant, a Midshipman, an Bosuns Mate and an A.B.

     
   Jack got everywhere !


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Post by: stokerstan on June 20, 2010, 11:57:22 PM


   On this day in 1774 a chap called John Day became the first "lost" submariner.
John had place a substantial bet that he could submerge in a device in deep water, and remain submerged for twenty four hours, then return to the surface.
    He fitted out a 50 ton sloop with a water tight compartment,and a ballast release system, and dissapeared below the waves off Plymouth.
    Fifteen minutes later a load of bubbles advised the watching crowds that John had probably lost his bet !!
     


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Post by: stokerstan on June 26, 2010, 07:15:10 PM


     On this date in 1814, boats of HMS Maidstone and Sylph destroyed an American Turtle (torpedo boat) on Long Island.






 They were probably a bit cross about that !  :-*


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Post by: stokerstan on June 28, 2010, 10:37:09 PM


    On this date in 1888 the RN introduced Engineer Cadets. They were to be trained at Keyham.


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Post by: stokerstan on June 29, 2010, 08:36:57 PM

  On this date in 1961 the Victorious was making her way towards Hong-kong, doing no one any harm, flying off her planes and things, and everyone on the Stokers mess deck was quite excited about going ashore in the Orient, (well those of us who had not been there before).
 Then it seems the man on the bridge got the signal, get up the Persian Gulf,some chap called Kassem was playing up,and so ended the good times for quite some time, back towards Singapore at twenty six knotts, fueling and flapping.
     

I always felt we should have got some sort of medal, if only for the missed Hong Kong run ashore,
     but we didn't.


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Post by: stokerstan on June 30, 2010, 10:50:44 PM


     On this date in 1961 when making speed towards Singapore, a (what is described)as a nasty accident occured on the flight deck of Victorious. Two ratings were loading a 2-inch R.P. onto a Vixen, when it went off.
   The lads were taken to hospital in Singapore,one lost an arm, and the other though badly burned made a good recovery.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 02, 2010, 12:51:02 AM


  On this date in 1950 the Korean War started
.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 04, 2010, 03:35:11 PM
 
  On this date in 1940 Leading seaman Jack Foreman Mantle won the only V.C. ever awarded for Action in the U.K.
            Portland Harbour was attacked by squadrons of Stuka dive bombers, Mantle was serving the starboard Pom Pom gun on HMS Foylebank. The attack whilst only lasting eight minutes was one of the most sustained attacks seen of its kind, and of the 300 crew members of Foylebank, which was sunk, only 40 men survived. Mantle was injured early in the attack, his left leg being shattered, but he continued at his gun. The ships electrical power failed, and Mantle recieved further wounds, yet continued to serve the gun by hand to the end of the action, at which point he died on his gun platform.

      L/s Mantle is buried in grave 672 in the R.N. Cemetary on Portland.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 05, 2010, 07:44:45 PM


       On this date in 1961 Hms Victorious was making her way across the Bay of Bengal in a monsoon gale, couldn't fly off aircraft, and some onboard couldn't eat very much. Speed down to 23 knotts !





  Wasn't much fun down the boiler-rooms either !


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Post by: stokerstan on July 08, 2010, 10:39:47 PM


      On this date in 1846 Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane (Agincourt) destroyed the defences of
  Brunei, Borneo.




   Cochrane got everywhere.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 09, 2010, 10:29:50 PM


     On this day in 1944 Captain F J Walker, CB, DSO and three bars RN, died.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 10, 2010, 11:54:19 PM




    On this date in 1920 Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone died.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 14, 2010, 08:02:32 PM


    On this date in 1612 was recorded the first instance of half masted flags, (Heartache)
         Lowered for the dead captain J.Hall.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 19, 2010, 11:31:55 PM



     On this date in 1779 fruit juice was ordered as a remedy for Scurvy !



              The "Limers" we got down the boiler-room when up the Gulf in 1960's must have been some of the left over stock from the scurvy scare ! it took the enamel off the teeth.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 21, 2010, 10:10:41 PM


  On this date in 1961 HMS Victorious was patrolling up and down the Persian Gulf.
      It was hot ! and the chefs did a photo shoot frying eggs on the flight deck.
        Stokers slung hammocks on the cable deck, and a firemain hose was set up to provide a shower on the aft of the flight deck ! Waiting for Centaur to relieve us !


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Post by: stokerstan on July 22, 2010, 09:30:22 PM



     On this date in 1588 the Spanish Armada was off Torbay.
             
         Revenge and Roebuck captured the Spanish N.S. Del Rosario


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Post by: stokerstan on July 23, 2010, 11:43:30 PM

On this date in 1941 HMS Victorious sailed from Scapa Flow as part of Force P in company with Furious,Suffolk, Devonshire and six destroyers to attack enemy transports in Norway and Finland.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 24, 2010, 11:19:00 PM
 On this date in 1704 Admiral Sir George Rooke capture Gibralter.
After the rock had been captured, the Spanish and French, a bit upset at its loss did their very best to get it back, and laid seige to the place. In one incident Captain Fisher of the Royal Marines with seventeen of his men successfully defended the round tower against continual assult of five hundred French Grenadiers.

   The Royal Marines wear "Gibralter" on their cap badge, and trouble with no other battle honours !

   
 Nice one Royal.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 25, 2010, 11:37:17 PM

    On this day in 1801 Nelson talking about the defence of the Thames.

    "The moment the enemy touch our coast,be it,where they may,they are to be attacked by every man ashore or afloat, this must be perfectly understood.
                 Never fear the event.



   Oh for a Nelson today.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 27, 2010, 07:29:59 PM


       On this date in 1953 the korean war ended.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 28, 2010, 08:39:35 PM


    On this date in 1945 the FAA commenced their attacks on Japanese targets in the Inland Sea .Japan.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 30, 2010, 10:17:28 PM


   On this date in1949 HMS Amethyst ran the gauntlet of Chinese Communist shore batteries in the Yangtze, from a little below Chinkiang,150 miles, and rejoined the Fleet on the 31st.


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Post by: stokerstan on July 31, 2010, 05:59:19 PM



        Today we will not talk about Royal Naval Tots,
   

             
   well ok whoever it was who gave the nod to stop it........should be shot !!!


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Post by: stokerstan on August 07, 2010, 08:40:35 PM



  On this day in 1815 Napoleon sailed from Plymouth in HMS Northumberland to exile in St. Helena.


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Post by: stokerstan on August 09, 2010, 01:17:23 AM




     On this day in 1956 Plymouth Gunnery range at Wembury was commissioned as Cambridge.


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Post by: stokerstan on August 09, 2010, 11:39:49 PM



          On this day the Victorious Web site passed the 1000,000 Gallery hits mark.


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Post by: stokerstan on August 10, 2010, 11:23:26 PM



   On this date in 1942 Pedestal convoy passed Gibralter on route to Malta.


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Post by: stokerstan on August 11, 2010, 11:30:23 PM


     On this date in 1961 HMS Victorious was in Mombasa, having done her stint "up the Gulf"
       During the "Kuwait Crisis" Vic had completed 52 days at sea out of 54,of which 43 was in an unbroken period. This was claimed to be a post war record for a Carrier.
         



   Whatever ! it was hot up the Gulf,but Mombasa was a good run ashore !


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Post by: stokerstan on August 12, 2010, 11:53:44 PM


   On this date in 1942 Victorious on her way to relieve Malta with convoy Pedestal. was hit by a bomb, which landed on the flight deck, but failed to explode,and bounced overboard !

  Eagle was not so fortunate, and was sunk !


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Post by: stokerstan on August 15, 2010, 10:06:15 PM


  On this date in 1938 HMS Sheffield was fitted with the first R.N. Radar.


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Post by: stokerstan on August 26, 2010, 10:20:30 PM

    On this date in 1858 HM ships Magicienne, Inflesible, Plover and Algerine, destroyed 100 pirate vessels, in the neighbourhood of Hong Kong and to the S.W. of Macao. ( operations lasted until 3rd September.


       


   HMG please note it was what the Navy was very good at..!!!!!!!!!!


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Post by: stokerstan on August 30, 2010, 12:37:10 AM


       On this date in 1961 HMS Victorious went into Aden,fueled up from RNA Olna.





     The run ashore in Aden was not up to much, and the locals were not too frendly even in those days.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 10, 2010, 11:52:53 PM


    On this date in 1941 HMS Victorious was operating off Norway launching air strikes against enemy shore establishments.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 13, 2010, 10:23:10 PM


   On this date in 1762 the Royal Navy captured Havana. The action was led by Admiral Sir George Pocock, on the Namur, Admiral Keppel and his brother the Earl Albemarle.




       Probably heard they did rather good rum ashore there.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 14, 2010, 09:09:11 PM




     On this date in 1961 HMS Victorious had been flying off aircraft off the coast of Penang,then dispatched most of the aircraft off to Singapore, and sailed at speed down the Malacca Straits during the night arriving at Singapore next morning.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 16, 2010, 08:59:11 PM

   On this date in 1940, the U class submarine on-route to her patrol area in heavy fog,was rammed accidentally by by the Norwegian ship Atle Jarl.
       The order was given to abandon the sub which was sinking rapidly, and two members of the crew, Lt.John Low, and able seaman Henry Miller,gave their lives by remaining in the sealed off control room to enable the the remaining crew members to escape.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 17, 2010, 11:29:02 PM


  On this date in1961 Victorious was alongside in Singapore. Since leaving UK a year earlier, she had steamed 79,247 miles, with a total days at sea of 227. Vic had let Singapore exactly three months previously and the Persian Gulf problem had had us at sea for 75 days of the 92, we covered 29,975 miles at an average speed of nearly 17 knots.
  We went on to do a good bit more sea time.


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Post by: stokerstan on September 20, 2010, 11:16:27 PM


  On this date in 1763 John Harrison explained to the Admiralty how his fourth chronometer worked.
Harrison was trying to get the £20.000 prize that the board had offered for the first machine that was accurate enough to allow sailors to work out their Longitude.
    Harrison's worked, and Captain Cooke took three of the machines with him on his voyages.



Maybe, just maybe, Captain Cooke might just have not got his brains bashed out if he had not got the Chronometer?


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Post by: stokerstan on September 21, 2010, 09:52:44 PM


   On this date in 1740 Admiral Vernon (Old Grog so called because of his habit of wearing cloaks made of
grogram material) ordered the watering of Rum ! >:(




   Still at least he didn't stop the tot !!!!!! :)


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Post by: stokerstan on October 14, 2010, 10:14:34 PM


     On this date in 1961 Victorious was twenty four hours out of Singapore heading for Hong kong !


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Post by: stokerstan on October 15, 2010, 10:21:37 PM


     On this date in 1942 Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Stafford Cripps visited Victorious at Scapa Flow.


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Post by: stokerstan on October 22, 2010, 10:58:27 PM


    Just in case anyone has forgotten today was Trafalgar day ! and must remain Trafalgar day.


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Post by: stokerstan on November 06, 2010, 10:58:00 PM


      On this date in 1956 HMS Ocean and Theseus launched the first major helicopter borne assault from ships. Whirlwind and Sycamore aircraft carried 45 R.M. Commando into Suez.
  R.N. aircraft flew about 2000 sorties in this action, 1600 of them by Seahawks and Wyverns.

       


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Post by: stokerstan on November 15, 2010, 12:36:42 AM


     On this date in 1961 Victorious left Singapore heading for Aden en-route for home!

   Aden ? must have been one of the worst runs ashore. The water was not drinkable,and didn't do the boilers a lot of good either, and the swimming area of the local beach had a great metal mesh protective barrier in the swimming area to keep out sharks ! sea snakes were in good supply, most of them poison, why did we keep going there I wonder ?  ::) Must have been for the sun shine I guess !


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Post by: stokerstan on November 23, 2010, 08:33:23 PM

We never made it to Aden on that trip , we got diverted to Mombasa so the choppers could help with flood relief work. Reports said they did a great job ! I got another load of wood carvings to take home for Christmas ! and on this date in 1961 the Vic once more set off for the U.K.


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Post by: stokerstan on November 24, 2010, 08:47:19 PM


  On this date in 1940 fourteen Swordfish disembarked from Illustrious and Eagle, bombed Tobruk and mined the entrance ot the harbour.

FAA Squadrons 815-819-824


Well chaps nothing to fly in now, and nothing to fly off either.   sad very sad ! but things can only get better  ::)


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Post by: stokerstan on November 25, 2010, 10:22:14 PM


    On this date in 1941 the Battleship HMS Barham was sunk off Sidi Barrani.
       The ship was hit by three torpedoes fired from U331.
          Two thirds of the Barham crew were lost.


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Post by: stokerstan on November 29, 2010, 01:01:51 AM


    On this date in 1959 H.M. Dockyard in Hong Kong was closed down.

   


   Another run ashore on its way out !! did have some good runs ashore there though, even without the dockyard!!!


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Post by: stokerstan on December 02, 2010, 02:31:44 AM
On this date in 1949 HMS Implacable was towed out to St Catherine's deep by a fire boat, two explosive charges set by the Navy sank her. Implacable at that time was the oldest warship then afloat.
 The ship was built by the French and launched in 1800, she fought against us at Trafalgar, and was one of the only four ships to escape capture on the day, but was subsequently captured after a battle at which she lost her main mast,and had her captain killed. She subsequently entered the R.N. in 1808 renamed as HMS IMplacable and saw actions right through the rest of the Napoleonic Wars. In 1855, she was retired to the role of Training ship for boys and continued in this role through to the 1930's when she was joined by HMS Trincomalee. In 1943 both ships were renamed as Foudroyant, still training young sailors. Costs had always been an issue, in 1908 King Edward was involved in fund raising, and private money also helped for many years to keep her going.
     In 1949, no more government funds were available to keep the training ships, Implacable was offered to the French for their Naval Museum, but they had no funds either ! they sent a ship to watch the sinking however, and she flew both countries flags as she went down !!!!!!


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Post by: stokerstan on December 07, 2010, 10:52:23 PM

    On this date in 1942,ten Royal Marine Commandos left HM Sub Tuna at the mouth of the Girondo river in France and commenced to paddle 70 miles up stream in open canoes to attack German shipping.
   The "Cockle Shell" Heroes" as they became known are one of the most amazing stories of bravery to emerge from the Second World War. Of the ten who set out, only two survived, the remainder either being executed (for being Marines) and two drowned. However the small band managed to sink at least five enemy ships.

     A very good one Royal      Operation Frankton 1942 we will remember them.


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Post by: stokerstan on December 15, 2010, 10:29:21 PM

    On this date in 1960, the Victorious arrived at Gibraltar. We had had some rougher's in the previous days, force eight gales, then the rudder had jammed, and we went round in circles for a while. We steered by main engines I remember, and rolled all over the place. The for'd dinning space was not much fun to be carrying the tin trays, the deck kept dropping away under your feet.
     We survived ! but only got four hours per watch to dash ashore for the Christmas rabbits, before heading back out for Pompey. I have just read that we had embarked the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Casper John at this time. Not sure what we did with the Admiral,trust we took him back home with us,he certainly never came down the boiler rooms, I would have remembered that !!


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Post by: stokerstan on December 20, 2010, 04:48:06 PM


    On this date in 1960, we were alongside in Pompey, having arrived back from the Med loaded up with rabbits. I had bought a bottle of Italian Brandy brewed by the monks in Rome, (we had a run there when we visited Naples). A crusher spotted it and confiscated it, told me it was poured over the side, and I was lucky not to be talking to the Commander. Thinking back, I still don't believed he ditched it.
   Anyway we got seven days leave by watch, I was on board for Christmas, but got home for New Year !
     I remember the trains were cold and not running on time then either!! some things never change.


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Post by: stokerstan on December 23, 2010, 09:01:20 PM


     On this date in 1960. Captain Janvrin D.S.C  had handed over the command of Victorious to Captain Gray O.B.E. officially taking command on the 21st.  It was posted up that since refit, we had been at sea 62 days and steamed 19,268 miles.

     I remember somebody telling me that it was only a working up trip ! it had not seemed like that down my boiler-room, felt like we had been away years !


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Post by: stokerstan on December 27, 2010, 07:48:06 PM

   On this date in 1961! we were alongside South Railway Jetty in Pompey again.
 We got three weeks leave ! However we had, on this trip been away for 333 days and been at sea for 220 of them !
                 
                 


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Post by: stokerstan on December 28, 2010, 07:22:46 PM

  On this date in 1939 the Queen Elizabeth battleship HMS Barham,whilst steaming North of the Hebrides was hit by a torpedo fired by U30. She made it to port, and was repaired. May of 1941 and Barham was hit whilst in action off Crete by a 500KG bomb, but again survived and returned to action.
   However in November 1941 Barham again fell foul of the Uboats, and U331 hit Barham with a torpedo strike, and sank her.
             Of her crew of 1,258 men only 396 were saved.


   We should remember them.
 


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Post by: stokerstan on December 30, 2010, 11:23:00 PM

  On this date in 1893 HMS Havoc (somtimes spelt Havock) was commissioned into the R.N.
The first TDB, she carried a 12 pounder gun and three torpedo tubes. She had a displacement of 240 tons and a crew of 46. The main interest in her was her speed, and it was reported that on trials she touched 27 knots, making her the fastest craft afloat in the world, and almost immediately six more of her class were ordered from her builders Yarrow of Poplar.
       With a full load of coal Havoc had a range of over 3000 miles.
   
   Some stoking on her !


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Post by: stokerstan on January 16, 2011, 05:35:07 PM
 Merchant ship losses in the second world war. Total Allied losses 6439 ships.--24,390,000 tons.
                                                                Total British losses-3194 ships--12,251,000 tons (54% of total British Merchant shipping tonnageat start of war).

    Number of U boats lost. 782.    521 sunk by British forces, 166 by U.S. forces. 12 shared.


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Post by: stokerstan on January 23, 2011, 10:07:15 PM


    On this date on 23rd Jan 1962 Rear Admiral F.H.P. Hopkins took over as Flag Officer Aircraft Carriers, and transfered his flag to Victorious. We had been towed from South Railway Jetty to Middle Slip Jetty, as we needed the large crane that was available there.



   
       


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Post by: stokerstan on March 02, 2011, 10:57:37 PM

On this day in 1961 HMS Victorious was heading for Aden. We had had a great run in Cape Town, and then they sent us to Aden !!! Today Good old HMS Blackpool arrived with mail that she had picked up for us from Mombasa, so it was not all gloom and doom.  We had Tidereach with us, they were not keen on Aden either ! 

     Wonder if it has improved since we went there ? Anybody been ?