Yesterday I watched a gracefull lady of the sea cross the bar, YORK was a thoroughbred had her moods but a stallion of the seas a sleek grey messenger. She tolerated us mere mortals, was gracefull and at the end consumately dignified, her ships company gave her a memorable fine farewell. Memories will always remain of the men I served with, their courage through adversity, their laughter and dedication to the service and their country. I am not ashamed to say I shed a tear as the White Ensign came down for the last time, but fcuk she still looked good at 27 and I still think she could give the young guns a run for their money - because as we all know we men prefer older women. And my daughter finally got to see her name on the ships bell.