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Odds and sods / New Flat Top Mag.
« Last post by stokerstan on July 02, 2019, 09:39:16 PM »

    The latest F.T. is currently being printed, and will be circulated when I get back from my holidays. !! No moaning please, I am doing my best. !!

    I note that the current editor has asked for items of interest to be forwarded to him. Please think up some thing for him to edit, or I will have to return to my tales of three drum boilers, or stokers tales, and they will be mostly a pack of lies.... but it will serve you right. !!

 While I am on.... get booked for Coventry, anyone who has lost their booking form contact me or the Hon Sec  Topsey.  >:( >:(
A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by stokerstan on June 23, 2019, 07:49:01 PM »
    A couple of reminders about our reunion.
           The association has always encouraged members to bring guests along to our do, be they family or friends.
 Britannia does not charge us any single room supplements.  We will of course be holding our AGM on Sunday forenoon, and any good ideas about the future of the association will be welcomed at that time. The Mini-meet at Fleetwood, has been spoken of as very successful, and it seems that a return there would be well attended, as indeed was Lowestoft.
 I would like to hear anything ideas concerning mini-meets, when and where, and hope that this may well be discussed at Coventry.

                  Full details on Coventry will be out in plenty of time, but anyone who has lost/or not received an application form, contact me or Topsey. Hope for a good turn out.
Naval History / Re: D Day
« Last post by Dave on June 11, 2019, 05:26:25 PM »
Those ships aren't there anymore, right? Or am I missing something?
Yes they have left, they gathered for the D Day events

Naval History / Re: D Day
« Last post by Bozek on June 11, 2019, 11:10:08 AM »
Those ships aren't there anymore, right? Or am I missing something?
Naval History / Re: The National Memorial Arboretum
« Last post by Dave on June 04, 2019, 06:53:25 PM »
Jennies Memorial
Today's Navy / Re: Submarines and BAE Systems
« Last post by stokerstan on June 01, 2019, 05:35:49 PM »

   In the summer of 1942 my family, (mother and two sisters) were living in Barrow-in-Furness, I was due to arrive sometime soon. My father was away at war, and the Germans were  as was their habit at that time,fairly regularly dropping bombs on, or around the Barrow shipyards. The story I grew up with,was that my mother and sisters had gone to the cinema to watch a Chaplin film when
an air raid started. When they emerged from the shelters, our house was just a big hole in the road,having had a Arial mine dropped on it. The family upped and went to Fleetwood,located fortunately just round the coast,and from where the family originated. To the best of my knowledge the Germans never bothered bombing Fleetwood, I remember as a boy being a bit puzzled about that.
When I made a business trip to Barrow in the mid nineteen eighties, not much seemed to have changed since the end of the war! except that the Dockyard seemed to me to be virtually derelict. If BAE has taken the whole town over, it could only be a good thing in my view, keep the subs rolling !! Well done BAE
 Just read that BAE Systems Submarines have 10,000 people working for it, most directly with others in its supply chain that includes 98 Cumbrian companies. 
Today's Navy / Submarines and BAE Systems
« Last post by stokerstan on June 01, 2019, 05:12:37 PM »
  I recently came across an article in a Cumbrian free magazine,(in cumbria April 2019 edition),explaining why the magazine had voted BAE Systems number one organization of the month. I was surprised and very impressed with what I read.
Our new super carrier has had considerable publicity over the past couple of years, (not all of it good), but as far as conversions about our service goes,it does tend to have hogged the lime light some what. The submarines being constructed in Barrow-in Furness today, are said to be, in terms of complexity akin to the building of space shuttles.There has been massive development in the old dockyard areas,and there is currently in the region of 10,000 people either directly involved in the building work, or in the 98 Cumbrian companies involved in the supply chain. BAE has constructed a twenty five million Skills and Knowledge Academy to produce a highly skilled work force, for the future. Their recruitment adverts advise that they need at least 280 apprentices this year alone, offering long term jobs for both apprentices and graduates. The article is too long to be fully reproduced here, but Googling Bae systems, opens up another side of our (Potential) Modern Royal Navy.
   It should not be overlooked

   A finished boat rolling out . An Astute I think.    (wonder which end the boiler room is ?)
Naval History / D Day
« Last post by Dave on June 01, 2019, 03:25:52 PM »
Some of  the Little Ships are gathering in Pompey,  the Camera on HMS Warrior  is
 covering them                

A run ashore / Re: Reunion Week-end 2019
« Last post by stokerstan on May 31, 2019, 09:16:30 PM »
   Have spoken to Stacey re our October reunion, and there is no problem I am aware of. Usual venues at the hotel, (usual prices please note) Saturday coach trip is a repeat of last year's run to
the Black Country Museum..... all free, again!!
   Start sending the hotel your booking forms,   first in gets the best rooms  !! ... maybe.?
A run ashore / Re: A postcard from Fleetwood.
« Last post by stokerstan on May 31, 2019, 09:11:24 PM »

   Thanks James, will try to place the pictures, I know a couple, will get in touch,
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