Does anyone have any reports, eye witness accounts etc. of a fire onboard PUMA that put her out of commission for a few months in the mid sixties? I believe it started in a boiler room.
When I served on her the buffer told me to paint the fcukin funnel and I went and got the paint.seafarer1939 said:I served on her from '64 to '66 and never heard of any fire, still knowing that commission there could have been a major fire most would be too pissed to notice.Some great runs ashore on that two years.
There are several interesting Puma documents under Admiralty and Foreign office reference numbers in the National ArchivesDoes anyone have any reports, eye witness accounts etc. of a fire onboard PUMA that put her out of commission for a few months in the mid sixties? I believe it started in a boiler room.
There is a report of a fire onboard on 27 January 1956, but that's all I can locate at present.
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I have also just checked the Commons Hansard for that period and can find no reference to the fire, though there is a reference to the sinking of HMS Sidon.
I served on Puma 1964-1966 I was one of the chippies. The fire started I think about June 1964 whilst in refit in the forward engine room burning out the forward switchboard. The refit was put back 3 months. Workup started in January 1965 instead of October 1964 we then picked up the Jaguar`s home leg of her general commision which was an exhausting round Britain recruiting drive, I think 34 ports in 6 months and then South Atlantic in Jan 1966 for 12 months a great and interesting commision.Does anyone have any reports, eye witness accounts etc. of a fire onboard PUMA that put her out of commission for a few months in the mid sixties? I believe it started in a boiler room.
I was in the Jungle mess 71 when this moron started (see avatar PUMA 71) - didn't want to go back up North to Fishery protection - little shit was lucky the SIB (was that what they were called then) got to him before we did - the worst one he started was in the locker holding all our raincoats etc right next to the hatch out - that was a squeeky bum moment (I was a 17 yo SA 2nd class)Can't have started in a boiler room - she was diesel.
There was a series of fires, mostly minor, onboard in 1971, which turned out to be the work of an arsonist, a young seaman. Started with silly little fires in gash bins, then the notice board, then got more seriious when he set fire to the tiller flat, and worst, the jungle mess, during the night after a good run ashore, when we were all sleeping very heavily. Mess filled very quickly with thick black smoke from uniforms and plastic suit bags - lucky no-one was badly hurt. But I don't remember it putting us out of action for any length of time.
if @Shakey is still around his post was from 2006I served on Puma between '59 and '62 and remember the fire well, it was started by EM who will remain nameless, in the machinery conversion compartment, outside the electrical workshop over the stabilisers, just off the coast of Africa, fire brought under control, deck glowing red, if I remember right, they flew two Scotland yard detectives in to investigate, who identified the nameless EM, who was court martialled in Simons town and discharged, the last I heard he was driving buses in Glasgow...….. hopes this helps......