New boy swinging the lamp

barry

Midshipman
Morning Shipmates

Firstly, cards on table, never served. Why join?
My Father (crossed the bar 3 yrs. ago) was in the Andrew 39/45 on DEMS. East Coast and Russian Convoys, including PQ 16, Operation Torch and Overlord plus lots of survivors leave, bit like the Uncle in Fools and Horses :lol: , Pompey rating, Field Gun Crew, ran at Bristol after the war.
Uncle H.M.S. Illustrious.
Great Uncle H.M.S. Chryibis.

Father in Law (crossed 10yrs. ago), joined 1936, Chatam lad. served on V&W's before Flower Class Corvettes. H.M.S. Vimera and H.M.S. Crocus K.49 (H.M.S. Compass Rose in The Cruel Sea). Atlantic convoy escort, Dunkirk and Normandy landings. Called back to serve at Harwich during Suez.

I could go on but I hope I have proved my credentials and look foreward to some lamp swinging.

So for now, sandy bottoms lads and lassies.

Barry
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Welcome Barry. Why join? ... Why the hell not! Having tried it for 20 years I think I might just stay.

Father in law sounds like he did a little bit more than Uncle Albert in Fools. Credit where credit is due - these guys went through a lot. Be proud!

Charybdis - great name for a ship. I served in the last version of it.

SF
 

barry

Midshipman
I left one little snippet out. My sons a bl**dy squaddie. Fat lot of sympathy at the recruiting office. WO2 says that it was about time one of our families got it right. :roll:

Barry
 

brigham600

War Hero
Welcome. I served on the 'Cherry B' when she was a gun Leander and was a great ship with an excellent company.

"During the war" ;-)
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
A little before my time. I was there between 88 and 90 - cracking ship and great crew. Had more than a few good foreign runs ashore once she found her sea legs again. She had been suffering more than her share of breakdowns and didn't last too long after I left her.

Got some good phots of her. One in particular shows her on patrol in the Gulf next to a super-tanker. This was not long after the SOTON had her "accident". Think out OOW's were a little more alert after that.

SF
 

brigham600

War Hero
She was indeed a great ship. The ships company as a whole were fantastic and I really cannot remember that many who were disliked.

I recall one incident when one of the AB Gunners, 'Doodes Dooley' had to fly back from Gib and had no money left as he had spent it all the evening before (the days of fortnightly pay). One of his messmates had a whip round on the ship and everyone put some dosh in to enable him to get home.

On that ship, you could quite literally be ashore on your own for whatever reason and end up roped in with either the Stokers, Greenies, Jack Dustys etc as everyone was that close and no anomosity at all.

The only other ship to hold a candle to it would be the Penelope. Strangely enough, another Leander.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
I hear you. Next job is a carrier - not going to be the same at all. In Frigates and Leanders you got to know almost everyone by name.

Also remember getting roped into the stokers mess, but they used real rope and I couldn't leave until all the beer was gone. I ached for days!
 
Welcome Barry,
Enjoy your read and posts - and I wouldn't worry about the Squaddie bit, my son wants to be a Crab Officer (do they still call them Zobs anyone?)

Hi also to SilverFox & Brigham600,

1st commish of the Cherry B 69-71, joined her in Belfast, and sialed under the Red Duster to Pompey with two Captains - great ship, and good runs with all the company -- shame that they used her as a target.
 

SILVER_FOX

War Hero
Hi Whitemouse - Like to say just how much I admire your bravery. Not everyone would admit their son wants to be a crab. Personelly, I've made mine sign a contract to the effect that he won't become a squaddie and especially a crab.

Looks like we need a Cherry B page.

SF
 
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