Worst boat

spearfish

War Hero
What is the worst boat you ever served on? I am reading a book about the loss of the USS Scorpion-what a heap!!!I am glad I was never on that one.
 

Deeps

War Hero
I know HM/SM Revenge was a real shed , and went to see litrally
held together by black maskers a few times . I t was a nightmare
going on a bomber patrol knowing the Revenge was the boat that
was going to replace you .She would always breakdown and
you would get that dreaded pipe '' repent bravo Revenge has
broken down '' .
 

bluenose

Newbie
Revenge was a shed, as were all the Polaris bombers towards the end (I did all four)....I do however fondly remember my trip to Florida on Revenge and watching the night sky light up when she let one off....magic.....
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I had three DE A boats, they all leaked, Artemis was the worst and proved it by sinking just after I came off her for demob.

Who remembers the joys of pooping on an A boat, no Elephants foot rigged just a full bore entry down the Conning Tower hatch, diesels going full bore and the vacuum trying to pull your eardrums out.

I brought the Amphion home from Singapore, exercising with the Yanks off Panama they hit us with a practise Asroc, that was the last time she dived as the foreplanes gave up the ghost and had to be secured by a wire strop to stop them flapping around. We already had 4 x 4 lengths of timber from the deckhead to the cylinder heads on the donks because the cylinder head bolts had started sheering off.

On the Alaric off of San Juan, one of the Props fell off and they had to fly another one out from Canada to replace it.

P & O Boats were drier, but to be fair a lot younger than the A's when I joined them.

Ah! the joys of being a Submariner in the '60's
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Looking at that lot, just the tip of the iceburg really, I couldn't have been very bright when I was younger either, or I would have deserted
 
janner said:
I had three DE A boats, they all leaked, Artemis was the worst and proved it by sinking just after I came off her for demob.

Who remembers the joys of pooping on an A boat, no Elephants foot rigged just a full bore entry down the Conning Tower hatch, diesels going full bore and the vacuum trying to pull your eardrums out.

I brought the Amphion home from Singapore, exercising with the Yanks off Panama they hit us with a practise Asroc, that was the last time she dived as the foreplanes gave up the ghost and had to be secured by a wire strop to stop them flapping around. We already had 4 x 4 lengths of timber from the deckhead to the cylinder heads on the donks because the cylinder head bolts had started sheering off.

On the Alaric off of San Juan, one of the Props fell off and they had to fly another one out from Canada to replace it.

P & O Boats were drier, but to be fair a lot younger than the A's when I joined them.

Ah! the joys of being a Submariner in the '60's

A Boats in roughers shear luxury, just try a Low Bridge Stretched T a'la Tiptoe, Truncheon etc. Described as an abortion and altered to high Front of Fin bridges in Oz for them lucky enough to be part of SM4 in Sydney. Away from the control of HM Dockyard. The top of the bridge was only about 12 foot above sea level. We had the elephants food, birdbath and wandering punp out hose rigged in all sea states above 2. Perhaps that is where the Canucks went wrong.

The wheel (OK tapper bar) was just about under and to port of the lower lid. Goffers and a 40 knot wind what fun for the helmsman and messenger.

Shall we start down the road of have a crap and blow it each time heads.

Appy Daze

Nutty

Nutty
 

Polycell

War Hero
Revenge first commish.
I joined her beginning of '72 after the first of my four patrols I picked up my POs rate and went into the SRs mess. What a shower of children!! You couldn't sit in certain places in the mess as it was was the domain of members. The Clankies or Black Dafties used to sit in a little cliche here the MCC and Missile Queens sat there whilst the For'd mob sat somewhere else. The bar never seemed to shut. Scared me to think that certain members used to get rat arsed and then go on watch. If the Clankies worked their watches right then they used to manage a weekend at sea.
I was bloody glad to get of them bloody things and back to SM1 at least I knew i would be safe at sea cos every one was sober we all spoke to each other and we were all totally professional.
 

lsadirty

War Hero
Has to be the Valiant 1974-1978: there were things going wrong that even Rolls Royce and Vickers couldn't fix, let alone the crew and Guzz Dockyard. Somehow, we struggled along until Chatham refit, and I went outside just afterwards. Life as a civvy is less stressfull.
 

dambo

Newbie
Worst boat, for me it was Tireless first commission, not a happy place at all. Worst boat for the state of it, easy, Revenge on her last commission, it really was a shed! I literally did have a ‘it came off in my hand chief’ moment while showing a new TS round. I stuck my hand up to show him some valve and the bleeding thing did just break as I touched it (the extended spin thingy sheared as the metal was rotten).
 

theoldti

Lantern Swinger
Sovereign alongside 2001. was supposed to be off doing special ops and going on visits. Reality, sat on 6 berth dayworking and duties, S**T.
Give me a 4 knot fudge packing machine anyday, FOSM's Ferrari's my arse.
 
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