A Boats

silverfox

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I once served with a very salty ex submariner who has served in A boats - he described some alarming procedure called a 'gun action surface' in which the gun layer actually went out of the hatch before the rest of the boat got to the roof......
 

Bundy

Newbie
Was in commissioning crew of Ambush as you say Surface Gun Action was always fun, the hatch to the gun platform was in the wardroom, any gun layer worth his salt would try to get as much "oggin"down as possable
 

janner

MIA
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Flash-Andrew said:
Only served on one A - There must be some survivors ... dits anyone

Theres still loads of us about, I served in Alaric, Amphion and Artemis, in my opinion history has not served these boats (the A class) well, T class got the write ups (quite rightly) because of WWII, P & O because they were without doubt the best of their type in their era, but the A's seem to be largely ignored by the historians, dispite the role they played during the Cold War.

Have a look here
A Boats

If you have any dits or pics I'd be pleased to hear from you
 
janner said:
Flash-Andrew said:
Only served on one A - There must be some survivors ... dits anyone

Theres still loads of us about, I served in Alaric, Amphion and Artemis, in my opinion history has not served these boats (the A class) well, T class got the write ups (quite rightly) because of WWII, P & O because they were without doubt the best of their type in their era, but the A's seem to be largely ignored by the historians, dispite the role they played during the Cold War.

Have a look here
A Boats

If you have any dits or pics I'd be pleased to hear from you

There was also Aeneas, Auriga amongst others (if I put my mind to it, I could probably remember all the boats that were based at the FortBlockhouse) - I remember these boats well as I worked Submarine Tender section in HMS Dolphin Stores, though I was never posted to boats, I used to collect the crests for any that I stored/destored.
Any old boatmen out there remember the Chief Stoker (?) John Thomas - JT to one and all in the 60s ?


:smile:
 

Yorkie_S/M

Lantern Swinger
I served on two A boats, Auriga and Astute, But the gun had been removed. Other A boats I remember were Aurochs, Alderney and all those mentioned above. A lot of the boats named in the Dorset Submariners web site are familiar.
I visited the Alliance about 18 months ago,she still had a lot of work to be done on her.It certainly brought back memories mainly good. The tales certainly impressed the site seers.
 

Yorkie_S/M

Lantern Swinger
For info (Janner) I believe the very large target behind the Astute and Auriga in the first picture of Astute on your site is HMCS Bonaventure.
 

Flash-Andrew

Midshipman
janner said:
Flash-Andrew said:
Only served on one A - There must be some survivors ... dits anyone

Theres still loads of us about, I served in Alaric, Amphion and Artemis, in my opinion history has not served these boats (the A class) well, T class got the write ups (quite rightly) because of WWII, P & O because they were without doubt the best of their type in their era, but the A's seem to be largely ignored by the historians, dispite the role they played during the Cold War.

Couldn't agree more - great sea boats, comfortable digs ( :grin: ) fast on the surface, diesel and stinking - who could ask for anything more.

Janner's '75 boat at Dolphin was probably Andrew - She was the last A boat running and went to the knackers in the Plym in 75. It could also have been Alliance which was saved by the museum.

Ref. "Surface; Gun Action" Andrew provided the world's last SGA, Taff "Fastwheels" Evans was the gunner, and probably used up the last big bullet in the store room as well. I've got a picture if someone can tell me how to load it. I believe Andrew's gun is on a plinth in museum.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Flash-Andrew said:
janner said:
Flash-Andrew said:
Only served on one A - There must be some survivors ... dits anyone

Theres still loads of us about, I served in Alaric, Amphion and Artemis, in my opinion history has not served these boats (the A class) well, T class got the write ups (quite rightly) because of WWII, P & O because they were without doubt the best of their type in their era, but the A's seem to be largely ignored by the historians, dispite the role they played during the Cold War.

Couldn't agree more - great sea boats, comfortable digs ( :grin: ) fast on the surface, diesel and stinking - who could ask for anything more.

Janner's '75 boat at Dolphin was probably Andrew - She was the last A boat running and went to the knackers in the Plym in 75. It could also have been Alliance which was saved by the museum.

Ref. "Surface; Gun Action" Andrew provided the world's last SGA, Taff "Fastwheels" Evans was the gunner, and probably used up the last big bullet in the store room as well. I've got a picture if someone can tell me how to load it. I believe Andrew's gun is on a plinth in museum.

Picture of Andrews gun hereANDREWS GUN


Still asking for any other Boat pics for all to enjoy, scan and email is ideal
 

dt018a9667

War Hero
Always thought that the submarine at dolphin was the Andrew as she was the last one in commission.
Last time I saw her she was alongside Defiance/13 dock (the Floating one) Devonport. We deployed and when we got back she hadn’t.
As an aside I also remember seeing the Cavalier in that dock.
 

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