Old Ships Memories

Anyone seen the Mail today?

They are running an article of the ships that existed in the 80s that are not around today.

Apparently of the 100 then, we appear to have 50 now, basically an indictment on Government policies.

Any ex-crews out there with good/bad memories of these ships?


Lantern Swinger
I have just seen the list in the mail and YET again there is NO mention of the ambulance ships that were down there these being Hecla, Herald and Hydra. It is almost as if we were never there and it bloody well annoys me. I do wish these people who do the articles did their research.
I knew those as Ocean Survey ships in the 70s.
I must admit I didn't know they were there, but as I left in '79 and memories (some of them) fade..


War Hero
Similar article being run in the Sun. Cites Hermes, the 21 club, Antrim, Broadsword, Brilliant and some of the Leanders and whinges on that it's all the governments fault that they were sold. Conveniently forgets that bar the two 22's, all those ships would be well over 30 (most pushing 40) by now and that most of them went under Options in the early 90s anyway.

Doesn't help the cause of the navy in the slightest - as ex_wasp says above, these people really should do their research. If Blair and Brown are to be held to account, then the nonsense of their claim about huge shipbuilding programmes should be exposed. Over ten years, three Astute ordered, none in service, four Bays ordered (three in service), four T45 ordered properly, none in service, no carrier order, no MARS (and we really need some tankers soon!), DD/FF retired left, right & centre.....


Lantern Swinger
White you are correct they were ocean survey vessels but for the duration of the Falklands thay were used as Ambulance ships to carry casualties from the Falklands to Montevideo, where by the way we were only allowed ashore to ditch gash. We disembarked the casualties tanked up if needed and then sailed again. Hecla was the first "hospital" ship into Montevideo since the second war and was also I believe the first survey ship to RAS since the second war (or so we were told)
Hecla was a fine ship, had many good years on her, also as MCM command ship in Op Granby 91. She was sold to the paddies" and the twats let her rot, found some sad pics of her the other day, disgraceful end to a nice ship. I will post the pics, and then plot my revenge on the irish, mhwaaaa mwhaaaaa
MV Bligh, former proud vessel HMS Hecla.



Lantern Swinger
Ling that is a disgrace to see her like that, she dont look right in that colour scheme or without all the red crosses she had on her
ex_wasp_L2 said:
Ling that is a disgrace to see her like that, she dont look right in that colour scheme or without all the red crosses she had on her
I'm sure any ex bosuns / buffers will not be best pleased to see that ship's side...
Isn't it supposed to be unlucky to change a ship's name ?

And to call it the 'Bligh' - I would have thought it even more unluckier ?



War Hero
I remember when i was drafted off Hermes with another 6 lads straight after the Falklands & we were all crying, never happened anywhere else in my time.
I believ Hermes(viraat) has come out of refit & has an expectant life of another 10 years, The last proper built carrier !! felt a lot safer on her than anything else & when i went on to Invincible later in my time was I glad.