Rumrat said:whitemouse said:Rumrat said:whitemouse said:Also Done.
Never served in her, but did destore (fittings mainly) her during the 70s when in Chatham before she was moved.
Well if you did that you must know me as I was Reserve Ship Unit at Chats de-storing her and the Puma. There was only a few of us in the Unit at that time, we used to play sport against anyone who would take us on as to get the make-and-mends that were handed out like Sally Army tea.
And the Cribbage contest that was never ending.
You would also have lived in Mountbatten Block and remembered the fights if anyone talked in the telly room when "Rainbow" was on.
You could only cackle when the news was on. :wink:
Was living out RA in those days, being a local from Gillingham.
I was based in Supply Support Group in the Yard (Lt Cdr Wadman being the boss). Also worked on Eskimo & Hartland Point before she was sent to Belfast as prison accom.
So highly poss we might have met - I'm better at faces than names these days !!
Don't remember the Eskimo being there but was not the most enthusiastic "ship spotter" in the dockyard. Do however remember the Hartland Point as she was parked directly forward of Puma, and when duty watch (fire-watch) we had to do rounds on her in two's. She was sealed with that silver coating rhubarb, and there was only one way in . Friggin huge inside and dead creepy as she was then a completely "Dead" ship.
On the far side of the basin by the RSU office it was from seaward to inner Cavalier, Puma and then Hartland point. They was fitting out that first gas turbine thingy over the barracks side. Can't remember the name, but remember the bloody noise when they were doing full thrust trials on the sod. It sounded like a squadron of Phantoms. :twisted: :evil:
Might have been at a different time in 70s. I also restored the Pollington & Stubbington 'sweepers.
Worked with the E boats at Gill Pier, Bulldog & Beagle were tenders.
At different times I was in Pembroke Issue Room, Main Stores & Cash Clothing.
I think Triumph was in the yard at some point also.
It took me 10 years to get a Chatham draft, and I ended up there twice in about four years afterward, before leaving the mob.