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« on: April 16, 2009, 05:06:23 PM »

 In 1861 Masters mates were re-styled " Sub-Lieutenant . Captains insignia was increased to four stripes !
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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

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« Reply #3 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 .
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« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 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 !
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« Reply #6 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.
 
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« Reply #7 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 !
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« Reply #8 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 !!
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« Reply #9 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.
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« Reply #10 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.

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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 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.
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« Reply #13 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.
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« Reply #14 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.!!
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