Telegraph: Quote about HMS Alliance

Excerpt from a Telegraph journalist's blog today:

"Even the most skilful mariners can suffer setbacks, as the sad case of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Superb demonstrated. When a court martial in Portsmouth heard last month how she ran aground in the Red Sea, it reminded me of another submarine accident much closer to home long ago.

HMS Alliance found herself high and dry on Bembridge Ledge, Isle of Wight, in 1968. To make the Commander’s embarrassment even more exquisite, the sub was now in plain view of the Crab & Lobster Inn, from which vantage point customers began to take photographs.

When the Royal National Lifeboat Institution boat came alongside, the RNLI skipper hailed the lonely figure in the conning tower: “What do you plan to do next, Captain?†Back came the bleak reply: “Take up farming.â€"

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