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« Reply #450 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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« Reply #451 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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« Reply #452 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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« Reply #453 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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« Reply #454 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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« Reply #455 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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« Reply #456 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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« Reply #457 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 ?
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