Famous dates when ships were built

Discussion in 'History' started by shandyooo, Dec 18, 2010.

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  1. Hi everyone,
    I have been trying to do a bit of research and wondered if anyone knew if there is a list or if anyone knows themselves, famous dates in history that co-insides with the completion of a Navy Ship build or the first time it sets sail?
  2. There are no lists.
    Methinks you need to be more specific, since the 1500's how many ships do you think were launched , --- answer --- thousands .
  3. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

  4. Shandy, here's a couple of 'on the same day' for you...

    HMS ANTELOPE (H 46) : Class Fleet Destroyer ordered In November 1927 under the 1927 Programme from Hawthorn Leslie at Newcastle and laid down on 11th July 1928. The ship was launched on 27th July 1929 as the 12th R N warship to carry this name.

    The Third Geneva Convention (1929) was signed at Geneva, July 27, 1929. Its official name is the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva July 27, 1929.

    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Convention_(1929)

    HMS CUMBERLAND: KENT-Class Cruiser ordered from Vickers Armstrong at Barrow on 26th April 1924 and laid down on 18th October 1924. The ship was launched on 16th March 1926 as the 10th RN ship to carry the name.

    On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Mass. The first-of-its-kind rocket reached an altitude of 41 feet, lasted 2 seconds and averaged about 60 miles per hour.

    Link: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/dr_goddard.html

  5. HMS Minerva Laid down on a Fri 13th Commishioned on a Fri 13th and was the 13th Leander Class to be built. Does that count
  6. Was she a particularly unlucky ship?
  7. No,Great ship, though when we sailed first time from the builders we were unable to take on fuel due to extreme weather (1966) Wiki puts the dates wrong. We arrived in Pompey and tied up behind a couple of brand new leanders in front of them was a brand new DLG.
    Come Monday morning the wind was atrocious, but we sailed. tug line broke....stern crashed into the stern of the other leander in front, peeling back part of the ships side, revealing one sailor having dump (collision cured his constipation). The ships chef who was walking on the gangway of one of the other leanders swayed to and fro on the ganway before losing the two trays of bread on his head into the harbour.
    Having now picked up speed we were hurtling towards the DLG whose ships side was now festooned with rattan fenders. Having picked up speed we had steerage way and missed her,but going up harbour towards fountain lake jetty at 28knots is not recommended, especially awhen there is a Daring Class Destroyer leaving harbour at the same time.
    Anyway received a signal stating that (It could have happened to a Bishop) we continued a had a good ship, and ships company :wink:
  8. I think that was just average behaviour for a Leander skipper, they must have sent all the gash drivers to command them.
    The skipper of the Aurora must have thought hitting other ships was part of harbour stations when I served in her.
    We caused more damage to the RN in two and a half years than the German surface fleet from 1939/1945.
    And two jetties, Londonderry and the NATO fuelling jetty in the Clyde.
  9. The expert ship handlers seemed to end up on the Rothsay class, Captain Livesay was a tremendous ship handler, Entered Subic Bay, landed a cutting out party to slip our American target ship, took it in tow out to sea, when we then received a signal asking when we were going to enter harbour to get it. :wink:
    Capt Ray Lygo, (Old Ark Royal) berthed alongside in Guzz without tugs, on a regular basis.
    A midshipman who was given an early command of an MFV, which was going to act as a liberty boat when the Old Ark was on exercise around Milford Haven promptly ran it aground, we sat on the bank for another hour until the tide came in a bit, more embarrased when we were passed by a bunch of Sea Cadets on their training MFV. who were waving at us stranded matelots :oops:

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