Someone did that to the Bulwark just before I joined it, caused mega amount of damage to one of the diesels. It was a disgruntled stoker who didn't want to go to sea due to domestic issues.Hi all, thank you for your comments. The reason for my question many moons ago was my dad served in Puma as a killick stoker, he was on the draft that did the volcano in Tristan da cunha.
He received some minor burns fighting the fire, ended up in sick bay for a period.
He was awarded a hms puma statue on a wooden plinth.
Never knew it was arson though! Who the f%+¿ sets fire to their own ship!
I was Chatham RSU 2 June 80 - 30 Oct 80 (just double checked my records). This was while I was awaiting to join my first ship 'Plymouth' who was due out of her Chatham refit & yes RSU was a great number. However, I was unfortunate enough to spend 2 x weeks at sea on the Lynx. The 3 ringer Submarine skipper bumped her 'bow on' into the jetty at Portland. I was the baby RO on the Jack and the focsle crew were shouting at me to run back from the pointy end as they could sense what was about to happen!! Fortunately no injuries or major damage.Let's all hope & pray that the shithouses that deliberately started those fires had very short and very unsuccessful lives, consisting mainly of suffering & pain. Maliciously endangering the lives of over 200 shipmates is just about as low as it goes......
About the Puma itself, my mate was drafted to her just before she paid-off into reserve at Chatham in 1973, and was kept on as ships company (Chatham RSU), living in Pembroke barracks for a year. To this day he says that it was the best draft he ever had......even though they never left the wall!!
Re:...suffers a water leak in one compartment...Extract from the Link....
Atlantic 05/26/67: The Royal Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine HMS Warspitesuffers a
water leak in one compartment while undergoing routine maintenance in Faslane, Scotland.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense says the 'defect is not connected in any waywith her nuclear
plant. Her damage is slight and there are no casualties. The leakage of water was brought
quickly under control by Warspite herself.' A tight report of the event!
Was trying to remember a little boozer that my Sea Daddy used to take me to in Gillingham, I thought it was called 'Black Daff's' but I'm given to believe it was actually called 'The Monarch', ever visit that one Mackan?Like many other matelots from London, my heart sank when I heard that Chatham NB was to be closed in the early 80s. It took me just over an hour to get home if I got the fast train on a Friday afternoon! I was lucky enough to have 2 Chatham ships, and can honestly say that (for me) Pompey & Guzz couldn't hold a candle to a night out in Chatham/Gillingham. And you're right about the Pembroke bop.....great days.
I have a couple of months ago - it is still there but empty - rough scrumpy for a few pence on a non pay weekWas trying to remember a little boozer that my Sea Daddy used to take me to in Gillingham, I thought it was called 'Black Daff's' but I'm given to believe it was actually called 'The Monarch', ever visit that one Mackan?
I have a couple of months ago - it is still there but empty - rough scrumpy for a few pence on a non pay week
My memory had it down the main drag but it is actually on the end of a row of terraced houses - they must have been chuffed !!