Truculent

UncleAlbert

War Hero
Please take a while and spare a thought
For brothers lost, beneath the sea
For men of iron, prepared to die
Who gave their lives for you and me

In Truculent there were such men
Who wouldn’t give a thought
Of hardships pain and suffering
But did as they were taught

Who worked and laughed and sometimes cried
But did what they must do
Beneath the cold and angry sea
They were gods chosen few

Remember all those shipmates
Who fought the sea and lost
For men in boats are first in line
And never count the cost

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So take a while and spare a thought
For family and friends
But most for them who gave their all,
that sad day in the Thames


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2badge_mango

War Hero
Rivet,
Your post jogged my memory and I had this sense of several tragedies close together just before I joined (May '52). Truculent obviously sticks in the mind, and I have established the dates of the loss of Affray (16.4.51) , and those poor kids in the Gillingham bus tragedy (4.12.51), but another one, in my mind involving a submarine and a dock caisson, I cannot drag from my memory. I'm almost certain it was a Chatham incident, but at my age and condition of mind, cannot be sure.
Can you help me?

Regards,
Peter.
 

G_Rivet

Badgeman
2badge_mango said:
Rivet,
Your post jogged my memory and I had this sense of several tragedies close together just before I joined (May '52). Truculent obviously sticks in the mind, and I have established the dates of the loss of Affray (16.4.51) , and those poor kids in the Gillingham bus tragedy (4.12.51), but another one, in my mind involving a submarine and a dock caisson, I cannot drag from my memory. I'm almost certain it was a Chatham incident, but at my age and condition of mind, cannot be sure.
Can you help me?

Regards,
Peter.
Could Talent's be the incident Badges?:

Following VIDAL the slip was used to construct new caissons for No 2, 3 and 4 drydocks which opened onto Chatham Reach. As a result of an exceptionally high tide on the afternoon of 15 December 1954, the caisson to No 3 dock became buoyant and lifted, allowing water to rush past.

The submarine HMS TALENT, which was being streamlined at the time, was swept out of the dock and deposited on a mudbank across the river. In order to prevent a recurrence of the accident, a new type of caisson, incorporating a large cylindrical ballast tank to counteract the buoyancy at spring tides, was designed and built at Chatham.
 

2badge_mango

War Hero
Thank you Rivet. That's the one. My memory is obviously only working part time these days, I had it down for pre 1952 and wasn't sure if there was loss of life. I just had that feeling that for a few years, culminating with Sidon in 1955, the Submarine service had more than their fair share of peacetime losses.

2BM
 

G_Rivet

Badgeman
2badge_mango said:
Thank you Rivet. That's the one. My memory is obviously only working part time these days, I had it down for pre 1952 and wasn't sure if there was loss of life. I just had that feeling that for a few years, culminating with Sidon in 1955, the Submarine service had more than their fair share of peacetime losses.

2BM

Age dims our memories Badges. With regard to Sidon, I had the honour to attend her Memorial Service in Portland, June 2005. The 50th anniversary of that tragedy.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
G_Rivet said:
2badge_mango said:
Thank you Rivet. That's the one. My memory is obviously only working part time these days, I had it down for pre 1952 and wasn't sure if there was loss of life. I just had that feeling that for a few years, culminating with Sidon in 1955, the Submarine service had more than their fair share of peacetime losses.

2BM

Age dims our memories Badges. With regard to Sidon, I had the honour to attend her Memorial Service in Portland, June 2005. The 50th anniversary of that tragedy.

GR did we meet??
 
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