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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.
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Re: Royal Naval Patrol Service
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Royal Naval Patrol Service
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 07:38:52 PM »
   Some pictures from the Patrol Service Museum.
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 07:58:01 PM »


   Do we still use these things  ??

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 09:07:59 PM »
 Well, at the 2017 Victorious reunion, I talked a little bit about the Royal Naval patrol service, and there was a quite a bit of interest shown in this brilliant organisation. What we have to admit, at least I do, is that although my father served through the war in this service, I knew almost nothing about it. My short visit to Sparrows Nest, and a short meeting with some of the Patrol Service members,has convinced me that a great in justice has been done, this service and the men who served in it, rank, in my opinion along side our Channel dash heroes, and the midget submariners, insofar as when the call went out to do the impossible, they fell in, mustered, and with totally inadequate kit, took the war to the Germans. Trawler men from all corners of the U.K. took their small ships to Lowestoft,hoisted the White Ensign, and commenced the deadly jobs of clearing mines to allow our capital ships to get out of places like the Medway. The Trawlers took convoy duties to Russia, defended Gibraltar and countless other tasks that were allotted to them. They paid a terrible price in the loss of ships and men.

    We need to ensure that these men and their incredible stories do not pass unheralded, it seems they have done so, for far too long. A good place to start is with some of those men who are still very active today, at the Royal Naval Patrol service Museum.     Sparrows nest Gardens, Whapload Road Lowestoft. Suffolk NR32 1XG

  I am hoping to be able to organise a Victorious MINI-MEET at Lowestoft in 2018. We have been invited to meet up with the Patrol service Members. and I will certainly consider it a great honor to do so.  (watch this space)

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 12:21:44 AM »

    Well Poor old Ganges lost their famous mast, but the Patrol service have a well kept mast that whilst it  might not be climbed, certainly flies the flag, and remembers.

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 03:36:09 PM »
Lowestoft.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 03:43:19 PM »
Lowestoft.... either way up