I remember one incident while we were at sea and Tommy had a very bad cold or flu and could not do his essential watch on the engines. The old Coxswain he refers to made Tommy get in his bunk, wrapped him in blankets and then made him some of his special brew 'onion gruel' to sweat the cold out. Tommy was back on duty the next day.
It turned out that he was Able Seaman Dai Jones, a friendly sort of bloke, who, as I discovered later, practiced his clarinet whenever he had chance - a task he would undertake with never ending enthusiasm but always to the crew’s mock dismay and the words, ‘not again!’ In truth he was actually quite a good player, though no one would ever dream of saying so.
I have to rectify my mistake here, the midget sub is actually a "Molch" (Salamander). Quite a few of these were also found in the Dutch town of Den Helder after the liberation in 1945.The midget sub was of the "Seehund" type
The depth charges were mounted on individual sloping racks that faced outwards, towards the sea, on both the port and starboard quarters of the ship. Each was held firmly in place by strong straps that were fastened to the outer edges of the bottom of the rack, on its seaward side and ran over the surface of the depth charge to a central quick release clamp on the inboard side, forming a 'v' shaped restraint. Having prepared the depth charged for detonation, a crew member, when ordered, would remove the safety pin from the clamp and the depth charge would roll off its rack and into the sea as the ship sped along.
Fast motor launches of the English Fleet are constantly paroling the Sound. Their task, amongst other things, to ensure anchored German ships, and their crews, do not flee.
The Royal Navy’s fast-moving ships, now guarding our waters, all took part in the invasion of Normandy, where they escorted the landing craft on the most dangerous stretch to the coast and through the German’s barrage.
The Extra Newspaper’s photographer took part in a 24-hour patrol in The Sound and took these pictures during the tour: In the picture above, ML (Motor Launch) 207 sails out of the harbour with its crew standing in formation on the foredeck, as is traditional in the Royal Navy.
Signalled from the bridge
Signalling the ship that ML 207 is taking over from.
At the far right is the Captain of the Boat, Lieut. Veale, and in the Middle, Deputy Lieut. Patrick Wood.
God Bless the King!
Right from Nelson's time, it has been unbroken tradition that, every day, each Royal Navy sailor has a glass of rum. As he drinks the rum, the sailor sends the King a toast. He says: The King! God bless him!
One has to think about dinner, and when surrounded by fish, what better. Our Photographer shows how the fish are caught using Depth Charges. These are thrown off the stern with the ship sailing at full speed.
Seconds later, the explosions cause the water to rise in mighty cascades (left image). A submarine nearby would not have much chance of escaping unscathed.
Then the Dinghy is put out, and the fish, stunned by the explosions, are picked up - dinner will be fried cod!
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