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A run ashore / Booking at the North Euston Hotel 13th May
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:21:40 PM »
        A number of members have now booked for the mini-meet at Fleetwood. There does not seem to be any problems, so would advise that anyone wishing to join us should phone the hotel.

   Remember to advise the receptionist that it is the Victorious meeting rate. They take a card number from you to reserve a room, but no money is taken until check in.
               Phone Number....01253 876523.  Anyone needing more details, ring Stan on 01132 555562.  or email as above.

A run ashore / Fleetwood possible mini meet 2019
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:18:38 PM »
 Fleetwood. for those who do not know, is a town on the North West coast about ten miles north of Blackpool. I am not sure that many(any) really famous people come from the town,but George Formby, I happen to know, did perform at the Marine Gardens Pavilion soon after the war.
  However, Fleetwood was once the third largest trawler post in the U.K. like Hull and Grimsby, and as we saw at Lowestoft at last year's mini-meet, fishing has all but died in the port..Fleetwood did have a very vibrant holiday trade, with visitors primarily coming from the industrial areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire, filling the town every summer during the "Wakes Weeks"when whole populations of cotton workers arrived into the town mostly on the railways.Like the Trawler fleet, the railway stations have long since gone.
    On our visit to Sparrows nest last year, I learned a great deal about the Royal Naval Patrol Service, and discovered that the town of Fleetwood along with all the larger U.K.ports had their ships and crews requisitioned at the outbreak of war, many of them never came back. The small Fleetwood museum has some sad records, listing some of the losses,  as they say "Keeping History Alive"
  Fleetwood is for the most part a quiet town, but it does still retain much of the infrastructure created in its heydays of the 1950's.A place where we could I feel, have a decent mini-meet if sufficient members feel up to the trip.

Naval History / Rum.
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:13:07 PM »
                 A notelet was attached to the neck of a bottle of Pusser's rum I was opening. Whilst I know that very few of our membership registered as "T" I fancy that some bits about making rum may not be fully known to all. I will admit, that reading about rum may not be as popular as drinking the stuff, but education is never wasted (and neither is good rum).

Naval History / HMS Foudroyant Visit to Blackpool
« on: February 06, 2019, 03:33:13 PM »
     In 1897 Mr Wheatley Cobb took Nelsons favourite ship to Blackpool. She was  to be open to public viewing (for a small entry fee), and was billed as a grand attraction to salute Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee year.   

A run ashore / Reunion Week-end 2019
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:12:01 PM »

 Reunion week-end 2019. 4th-5th-6th October. Britannia Coventry as usual ! No increase in costs again. Booking forms and details to follow.

Naval History / Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock R.N.
« on: January 20, 2019, 08:40:48 PM »
The Duke of Wellington was once asked how he had managed to win so many battles without losing any ! His reply was that he always made sure he was able to win the fight before he engaged the enemy, if he was not sure of victory, he retreated, he retreated he said and waited for a more opportune moment.
  Admiral Cradock engaged a German fleet in 1914 which he knew was greatly superior to his own.It seems that he had guessed the outcome of the  the battle that was not going to be in his favour,he had even left written word that he felt he would not survive the engagement. History records that he was correct, and he died along with 1570 of his men,in an engagement that became know as the battle of Coronel.
  The battle was the first defeat of the Royal Navy in a naval action in more than 100 years.
   Admiral Cradock, from my preliminary reading does not seem to have been a bad commander. His service record reads like that of a hero. However, it was reported, that some month earlier a Rear Admiral Troubridge had been brought before a court martial for failing to engage the enemy because the prevailing odds were severely against him, and it is suggested that this greatly influenced Cradock's course of action. There does seem to be other issues at play in the disaster. Orders issued to Cradock by the Admiralty seem to have been disingenuous,to say the least, and were in fact withdrawn ,three days after the battle !! I think further research into this battle might be interesting,I suspect that the Admiral was really worthy of his memorial in York.
    Wellington was on several occasions abused by the authorities for failing to attack the enemy, he lived to fight lots of famous victories, but it may be that the Lords in London still believed that Nelson's Navy could indeed still work miracles in 1914, sadly it was not so.

Naval History / A Rather good Christmas Card
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:18:20 PM » a charity with a moto "inspire and Remember", put out a nice card this year.

Sent to me by Mike Humphries.  Nice one Mike !!

Naval History / Queen Victoria's Diamond Review at Spithead
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:08:48 PM »

 The Christmas card put out this year by the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners Royal Benevolent Society, impressed me. The painting by Charles Dixon is in the National Maritine Museum at
Greenwich, and shows the Spithead Review for Queen Victoria.
    I wonder what sort of turn out we could do today ? I was at the Clyde Review on HMS Dalrymple. didn't see much at the time we were hidden at the rear of the lines !!, but there was a good turn out of ships, nicely dressed, and inspected by the Queen in Britannia. I think that was in 65 (I think).Our Victorious was still pottering round the Far East so missed that show.

      Can anyone tell me if there would have been a Victorious at the "Victoria Review"


Today's Navy / S29
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:31:49 PM »

   Had a nice letter from Commander Hopton, Commanding officer of S29 Port watch, wishing us a Merry Christmas and a Happy New .He seems happy with his command, and hopes to strengthen
the affiliation between us and the boat. Will of course keep you all advised of any developments.

A run ashore / Return of Trincomalee
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:55:30 PM »
     Trincomalee is now under the supervision of the National Museum Royal Navy Hartlepool. The dock area appears to have been renovated, and improved, a mini -meet has been suggested.anyone interested. I will get details if interest is there.

   We have had no suggestions for an alternative venue for the 2019 Reunion,so a provisional booking has been lodged with our friend Stacey at the Britannia for the usual week-end do.
                 Seems a long time off, but we have claimed the usual week-end (first week-end in October)--- 4th-5th-6th October 2019.  Details to follow, but hopeful of same rates as last year.

    Watch this space.

A run ashore / Osborne House
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:05:22 PM »
  Last month we had a run to the Isle of Wight.Visited Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where Queen Victory liked to have her holidays.  The house is very interesting ,but I had not known that in 1903, a Naval college was established in the grounds for the training of officer cadets. It seems that boys arrived at the age of 13, and stayed for two years before moving on to Dartmouth.
There are some very interesting photographs on display which I tried to get snaps of, but unfortunately  I did not have much success. The pictures are in what is now the public restaurant,and to take my pictures required me to sort of lean across tables. People eating lunch seemed unwilling to cooperate !!However the signage for the P.O. instructors mess is still on display, its a good day out
   The picture collection is worth seeing, and I expect that the cadets pictured would almost certainly have been young officers who went to war in 1914.

A run ashore / Flat Top Mag
« on: July 25, 2018, 08:55:17 PM »

   I did put up a rather groveling apology on this site some time ago,but its something else that seems to have disappeared into the ether.
  So Grovel Number two.  I began to construct an edition of Flat Top. My computer which was old, did not seem to be suitable for such a task, and I invested heavily in new kit. The Computer shop, asked me if I wanted an updated system, (one that did more than send out smoke signals) and of course I agreed. It seems I now have Windows ten. I have strived mightily to sort out how to get to first base !! and in the last couple of weeks I have made some progress, bits are starting to unravel !! and I am starting to see the light.

   I have the makings of some sort of Flat Top,and will press on to the end.
 On another matter, anyone who requires a booking form for Coventry but has not down loaded one, no printer etc email me and one will be posted. If F.T. gets to the publisher soon, it will have application forms enclosed.
      I will do my best.

A run ashore / China's first Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.
« on: May 25, 2018, 01:59:05 PM »

  Had a run to Liverpool last week to view the Terracotta Warrior display in their Museum. Thought it was very good. Well put together not too academic but enough details explained to make it understandable.

                Entrance fee of thirteen quid was worth it, (our bus was from Yorkshire, so I did hear it said it was expensive). In London it will be a great deal more,

          Good run. ;D

Naval History / Malcolm Wakeman
« on: May 18, 2018, 08:35:00 PM »
    Stuart (Topsey) Turner and Dave (Crash)Evans met up with one of our older shipmates Malcolm Wakeman and his son Andrew, at the Arboretum. Malcolm has recently celebrated his 90th birthday,and I believe he got one of Topsey's famous birthday cards. However it was thought that a little something else was called for so they magicked up a Victorious hat, a tie and a little wooden dubbery advising that Malcolm had once taken the "Kings" shilling. I am not sure how all this went down, but in Crashes photographs Malcolm certainly suits the hat, maybe the verdict is still out on the tie and Dubbery !!!

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