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1  General Posts / TV and Film / Re: DVD's for Coventry 2012 on: September 19, 2017, 10:34:11 AM

Er... Topsey, I suspect most of your kit will have shrunk quite a bit .... since that item was put up .... five years ago.

   However , just for the record , I recon I could still slip into my wedding suit, which was also like yours purchase in H.K. in 64.

       Who eats all the pies then ?? ?? ??
2  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Royal Naval Patrol Service on: September 14, 2017, 07:58:01 PM

   Do we still use these things  ??
3  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Royal Naval Patrol Service on: September 14, 2017, 07:38:52 PM
   Some pictures from the Patrol Service Museum.
4  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Reunion 2017. on: September 13, 2017, 10:31:24 PM
 Have been rather busy this past month or so, and the time seems to fly past.I have begun the usual twitching about the reunion, has everyone had a hotel booking form etc. Chased up the hotel because as we know whilst the hotel tries to look after us,we almost always have an arm wrestle with the reception when we book in. Anyway I have been assured there will be no problem this year from them, and all is well.
I will be travelling down on the Thursday, and on Friday will set up camp as usual opposite the reception, and ensure tea and coffee will be available for members on arrival. I will put a programme out, although I suspect most of us know it off by heart now, but we do have a number of guests coming this year who may need a bit of direction. No one came up with any real suggestions for changes, so this years programme will be not much different from last year. However, we do have better rum this year, and we will do our best to have some items of interest to spread. I was planning to suggest that we left off the rum, and put on cocoa before bed time, but no one took up the idea !! We almost had a visit planned for a Highland Piper to pipe us into dinner(details of this on request), but the nearest lives in Edinburgh, and did not particularly want to make the drive down. So we have again resorted to pressing Topsey into standby in case a Cadet is not available to get us seated.
   Topsey has mentioned the possible problem of the car park being half dug up, but we will have to see what's what in October. Odd place Coventry, if they are not changing the road layout, they are digging up the car park for some reason. Ah well watch this space any dramatic happenings we will advise.
    Take good Care  See you in Coventry. Kiss Kiss
5  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Hull City of Culture 2017 on: September 13, 2017, 03:36:38 PM

   Hull is hoping that enough fishing skills have been retained in the city to enable Hull to train up a whole new generation of peolpe skilled in the fishing industry. With modern trawlers Hull is still in a position to bring back her fishing glory days, and is confident that fishing stocks can be sensibly regulated, and Britain can return to a self sufficient state again, with British fish, and chips !!
6  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Royal Naval Patrol Service on: September 12, 2017, 10:08:02 PM
  The story on Tom Crisp V.C. was printed in the "Lowestoft Bugle" ( a monthly advertising magazine.).

   I have read a more detailed report concerning Tom Crisps action, and it concerned the pigeon Red Cock.
 Admiralty had been unaware of the extent and real effectiveness of the German submarine operations, some ship losses were being blamed on mines, the pigeons message probably saved Royal naval lives.
7  General Posts / A run ashore / Royal Naval Patrol Service on: September 12, 2017, 09:50:07 PM
Had a run to Lowestoft last week, and met up with members of the patrol association at their brilliant museum. The museum is located within the interestingly named Sparrows nest Gardens, and the site itself is worth a visit on its own. The members answered questions for me about just what Trawler-men, my father being one , faced in both world wars, and the story is remarkable.
 The museum has gathered some remarkable history, about an almost forgotten warfare,that for me ranks along anything I have heard about, and yet it was conducted in what seems to have been such an under stated way,that historians appear to have passed it by. The Trawlers and the crews that manned them in peace time (working incidentally in a profession already ranked as  the most dangerous in the country), were requisitioned into the armed forces just prior to the outbreak of war.
   Those who eventually returned to their peace time fishing in 1945, had survived a war that would have destroyed many men, they swept mines, escorted convoys to Russia,depth charged U boats, and did it all in craft built to catch fish. Seamen on the first order
 The item below tells how the original Patrol service came into being,at a time when the enemy had already got submarines in action, and many fishing boats in the British fishing fleet were made of wood.
They never stopped fishing, the country was always short of food, fish was needed.
8  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Hull City of Culture 2017 on: September 10, 2017, 07:52:59 PM

     Inshore Patrol at the Falklands !!!
9  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Hull City of Culture 2017 on: September 03, 2017, 09:16:06 PM
Some more, bit of a struggle with the pics, but not giving up ..
10  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Hull City of Culture 2017 on: September 03, 2017, 08:52:28 PM
  Some snap shots. Please note these losses are from one trawler port !!
11  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Hull City of Culture 2017 on: September 03, 2017, 08:48:35 PM

   Oh Crash, ye of little faith !!!

 Had a Grand Day Out (as Wallace and Grommet might say) just having the usual problems of trying to reduce the size of my great pictures !!!! But Not quite sure about the Culture of Hull, but they have got some interesting stuff on display. The Maritime Museum, just by city hall, has some good stuff. A Huge stuffed Polar Bear is standing on the stairs, and the complete skeleton on a Whale goes through two rooms. There is some excellent inf about the days when Hull had a very big fleet of whalers, and the industry to support them, and later of course the deep sea fishing fleet. However the main Parish Church which seems to be in the middle of a major refurb, has some real gems on displays. I was surprised to read about the Hull Trawlers that sailed with the Falklands fleet, acting as sweepers and convoy guard ships right through the South Atlantic campaign. Not a draft I would have fancied !!and not a lot talked about. For anyone who has not been on a trawler, Hull have one open to the public The Arctic Corsair. Its all free, and looking round the vessel, one has to imagine what it would be like in a force eight gale. Anyway this interesting stuff will continue, I am heading east tomorrow for a meeting with some gentlemen who know a lot about trawlers, The Inshore Patrol Service.
Those of us who did the Chatham mini meet a couple of years back will remember I'm sure the unbelievable lines of graves in that Pembroke cemetery. I understand the veterans have been know to refer to themselves as the unknown navy. Hope I can get them a little better known, our modern navy may well have a lot to learn from them.
12  General Posts / A run ashore / Hull City of Culture 2017 on: August 31, 2017, 10:36:13 AM

    Had a day in Hull.
13  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Reunion 2017. on: August 10, 2017, 10:49:57 PM

  Hey, we are now in August, have you booked yet ??

   Anything for the AGM ? let the Hon Sec have it for his agenda.

          Anyone with any contacts at the M.O.D. ..... just let them nknow that we would like an invite to have a look at this new carrier that seems to be in the water now.
 They may need a reminder that we of the the Victorious were the last of the "real" carrier men, with proper aircraft a flat flight deck and lots of steam.

   Take Care out there, good men are getting in short supply from what I can tell. See you in Coventry.
14  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Goodbye to Arthur Light on: July 26, 2017, 11:35:16 AM
 Owing to a family bereavement I was unable to make it down to Pompey to see Arthurs cheque being handed over to the hospital.
   However the event went ahead without me, and I am assured my absence was not noted to any great degree, and the event was conducted with due dignity the way 
Arthur would have wanted it.
15  General Posts / A run ashore / Re: Reunion 2017. on: June 27, 2017, 08:58:24 PM



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