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tim lewin
17-01-2008, 06:38
Before its all forgotten how many "sailor-ised" names can anyone remember? for example, RCN Wetaskiwin, "Wet-arse-queen"; HMS Antigone "Aunty-gone"; HMS SCylla "Toothless-terror"; HMS Penelope "Pepperpot" and so on....

John Brown
19-01-2008, 17:58
Tim

Carrying on your thread of knicknames, how about:


Outrageous.......HMS Courageous

The Smoke........HMS London

Curious.............HMS Furious

Big Lizzie...........HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Refit..........HMS Renown

HMS Repair........HMS Repulse


Regards...John

tim lewin
28-01-2008, 16:44
thanks for the sailorised names John, all new to me; I was surprised that with the wealth of ancient mariners we are now getting no one else has come up with more; come on chaps, swing that lamp a bit harder!
tim

astraltrader
29-01-2008, 17:15
To go with Johns Outrageous and Curious nicknames for Courageous and Furious at their time as battlecruisers was Uproarious for the Glorious...

astraltrader
29-01-2008, 17:50
A few more now I`ve been scratching my head so to speak...
HMS Taciturn Tea Urn.
HMS Ark Royal Arse Boil.
HMS Bacchante Bag Shanty.
HMS Sheffield Shiny Sheff. [from Steel City].
HMS Newcastle Geordie Gunboat.
HMS Lancaster Lung Cancer.
HMS Cattistock Cattle Truck.
HMS Trafalgar Raglafart [Think about it!].
HMS Blake Snakey Blakey.
HMS Tiger Liger [after parts from Lion were used during refit!].
HMS Abdiel Scabby Abby...
HMS Fife Fifi.
HMS Marlborough Fighting Fag.
HMS Glamorgan Glamorous Organ...

I expect there are plenty more?

John Brown
30-01-2008, 16:19
A few more:

Aggie.....................HMS Agamemnon

Archdeacon.............HMS Venerable

Gripper...................USS Ronald Reagan

Maggie...................HMS Magnificant

The Grand Old Lady.....HMS Warspite

Steel Cat or The five Mile Sniper.........HMAS Brisbane

Fraser Blade..............HMCS Fraser

The Golden Eagle........USS Carl Vinson

Gin Palace................HMS Agincourt

Aggie on Horseback.....HMS Weston-Super-Mare

The Big Stick.............USS Theodore Roosevelt

'am and tripe.............HMS Amphitrite

Angry Cat.................Henry IV (French Ship)

Christmas Anthem........HMS Chrysanthemum

Cocoa Boat...............HMS Curacoa

Flat Iron....................HMS Argus

Shitty Kitty or Battle Cat................USS Kitty Hawk

Slack Jack...............USS John F Kennedy

It's endless isn't it?

Regards....John

AlZictorini
01-02-2008, 21:17
This name thing got me thinking, here's a few more funnies:

HMS Argus - Flatiron
HMS Bellerophon - Billy Ruffian
HMS Charybdis – Cherry B
HMS Effingham - Puffington
HMS Hotspur – Tottenham
HMS Iron Duke - Tin Duck
HMS Explorer - Exploder
HMS Nelson - Nelly
HMS Northumberland - Northo
HMS Polyphemus - One-Eye (check out the Latin)
HMS Royal Sovereign - Tiddly Quid

HMAS Tobruk - Too-broken
HMAS Manoora - Manure
HMAS Arunta - 1-5-1-no-fun
HMAS Adelaide - Long Delayed
HMAS Stuart - The Tartan Terror

HMCS Saguenay - Saggy Pants.
HMCS Restigouche - Rusty-Gouche or Rusty Guts
HMCS Wetaskiwin - Wet Ass Queen

USS Kearsarge - Queer-Barge
USS Simpson - The Homer
USS Bagley - Bag Lady
USS Harry Yarnell - Hairy Urinal
USS Bainbridge - Braindamage
USS Peleliu – Peliscrew
USS Forrestall - Forest Fire
USS Kitty Hawk - Shitty Kitty
USS Canopus - Cannabis

The list is endless...:D

Hill26
28-11-2008, 11:39
Not forgetting the 'Unwanted' (HMS Undaunted):)

... and HMS Indomitable - "Abominable"... !

em3 hugh
31-12-2010, 18:40
during my time on active duty i heard a lot of nicknames for various ships. some that come to mind were, uss kearsarge," the queer barge, uss saratoga, sucking 60 from dixie.uss forrest fire, etc. i`d love to hear some of yours.

ajpeal
31-12-2010, 19:49
HMS Blake Blakie

HMS Penelope Penny

John Odom
31-12-2010, 22:13
The USS Oklahoma was always fondly referred to as "The Okie" by her crew.

Swabbie
01-01-2011, 20:00
Newport was called by us, "Neverport" because she was underway so much.

Some other nick names I remember are:

Manitowoc (LST-1180) was "Mainly-twat"
Saginaw (LST-1188) was "Saggy"
Harlan County (LST-1196) was "Harlet"
Barnstable County (LST-1197) was "Barney"

Those names were not used by the actual ship's crew. This is what they were know as around The Creek.

Don Boyer
01-01-2011, 22:36
A lot of nicknames for ships were never used by crews and could get you into a good bar fight almost anytime: Kitty Hawk substituted "Sh" for "K" of course; S****y Dick was attached to South Dakota by the crew of the USS Washington, primarily because of the SD's self-generated publicity after the night battle of Guadalcanal when it sounded like she did all the work. The later Tang was Poontang, of course. The Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) was often referred to as Bonnie Dick, no insult there, but the crew preferred the word "brawny" :rolleyes:. for some reason.

Gener Fluckey, CO of Barb in WWII was in a wolfpack with Picuda and Queenfish, which spawned Queerfish, Peculiar and Boob.

Can't wait to see some of the others that will no doubt show up here.

NASAAN101
02-01-2011, 06:42
Guys,
Three of my big kids from Germany Bismarck AKA Bisy, Prinz Eugen aka little Prinz and DKM Deutschland AKA little Lützow,.. and one from The US Navy, Atlanta AKA little Atlanta! I know there all Dumb!
Nikki

terreplein
02-01-2011, 13:28
Not really a nickname, I guess, but I had a friend who served on USS Guam (LPH-9) in the 1980s. He said that GUAM was an acronym among the crew for Going Under Any Minute.

sheldon
02-01-2011, 14:38
Those I remember from my RN days were
HMS Charybdis - The Cherry B
HMS Illustrious (1) - The Lu Lu [or Loo Loo]
HMS Illustrious (2) - Lusty
HMS Hermes - Happy H
HMS Bulwark - The Rusty B

Sheldon

em3 hugh
02-01-2011, 16:23
they used to call the carrier shangri la the "african queen" supposedly due to a large percentage of the crew being black, or so the story goes..

Don Boyer
02-01-2011, 18:44
I've always thought the RN had a leg up in nicknaming ships, as we in USN usually go for the gross or insulting for the humor effect on "rival" ships. I always like "Gin Palace" for the Agincourt, for example. For the USN, the one nickname that always stands out is the "Big E" for Enterprise, applied to both carriers because of its association with the "Excellence" E painted on ships for being awarded as tops in several categories of seamanly activities such as engineering, combat effectiveness, etc.

terreplein
02-01-2011, 19:15
"Big Ben" for the Franklin wasn't bad, either.

Scurs
02-01-2011, 21:12
Some more RN ones............I served in:-

CEYLON...................................220 (Second to None)
KEPPEL...................................Krabby K
AJAX.....................................The White Tornado (TV advert)

others

BARROSA..............................The Queen B
LLANDAFF..............................Daffy
BROCKELSBY..........................The Black Brock

Don Boyer
13-01-2011, 06:50
Did a bit of digging about in books and came up with this bigger list:

Wichiita (heavy cruiser) The Witch
Constellation (carrier) Connie
Princeton (light carrier) Sweet Pea
San Jacinto (light carrier) San Jack
Bunker Hill (carrier) Holiday Express
Cabot (light carrier) Iron Woman
Lexington (carrier) Lady Lex
Cowpens (light carrier) Mighty Moo
Birmingham (light cruiser) Mighty B
Intrepid (carrier) The Dry I (from her many visists to the repair yards from battle damage)
Saratoga (carrier) Sara
Proteus (sub tender) Jumpin' Junkie
West Virginia (battleship) Wee Vee
Pennsylvania (battleship) Pennsy
Johnston (destroyer) GQ Johnny
Haggard (destroyer) Triple Nickel (from her hull number 555)
Oklahoma (battleship) Okie

Marek T
13-01-2011, 07:09
Perhaps you may find this one interesting:
http://www.navynews.co.uk/articles/2002/0207/0002073101.asp

ponymoore
14-01-2011, 01:46
The Australian Destroyer Escort HMAS Swan was known as the Fluffy Duck

Teuchter
14-01-2011, 08:55
Two of my old ships:-

HMS Undaunted was known affectionately as "Unwanted"

HMS Yarmouth - "The Duck" ( from "cant' crack me I'm a rubber duck")

At the time I was on the Yarmouth (74 to 76)

The Juno was rather unkindly known as the "Raving J"
Dido was Dildo
Hermione was Hermi one
Bachanti was Bagshanti

em3 hugh
15-01-2011, 02:42
our engineering officer, or "cheng" as they are also called had the nickname " casrep" short for casualty report, which he was frequently sending out, due to the sad state of a lot of the machinery on board. nothing like being dead in the water in the tropics, aah, those were the days.....

JSFrodo
11-07-2011, 17:19
A few more from this side of the pond...

USS Kitty Hawk - the Kitty Litter
USS Independence - the Indy, or the less complimentary Injured *****
USS Nimitz - the Numb-nuts

bert-261
13-01-2012, 17:12
Another name for Charybdis was Crabby Dish. bert-261

dixy1949
13-01-2012, 17:50
llandaff was also known as ---- the chocolate box.

battlestar
13-01-2012, 20:19
Just a few of the top of my head, (Sorry if they are repeats)

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) - Starship or The BIG E
USS Independence (CV-62) - Indy
USS Constellation (CV-64) Connie or America's Flagship
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) - Johnny Reb
USS Nimitz (CVN-68) - Chesty or The Admiral
USS Cowpens (CG-63) - The Mighty Moo
USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6) - Tricky Dicky
USS Ranger (CV-61) - The Lone Tanger or Top Gun of the Pacific Fleet
USS Saratoga (CV-60) - Sara
USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) - Big Bad John
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) - Ike
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) - Bobby Lee
USS John Paul Johns (DDG-53) - JPJ
USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) - 31 Knot Burke

USS Boxer (LHD-4) - The drug boat! (Not official USN)

But the one I knew for years, until political correctness changed it, was
'The Battlestar' - USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), before in late 1993 it had its nickname changed to 'The Gold Eagle'

As for other ships...most of the RAN names are to rude to print.

INS Tabar (F-44) - The Battleaxe

Battlestar

vib_analyst
13-01-2012, 23:34
I think the submarines HMS Explorer and HMS Excalibur were also known as HMS Exploder and HMS Excruciator due to their terrifyingly dangerous experimental propulsion systems. My father once told me that the troopship Empire Windrush was better known to soldiers as the "Imperial F**t".

Alan D
14-01-2012, 01:14
A few more RAN ones:
HMAS Stalwart - Wart
HMAS Westralia - Appleleaf/Roseleaf
HMAS Brisbane - Steel Cat
HMAS Snipe - just rearrange the letters!
HMAS Vendetta - VD
HMAS Cook - Fab Lemon (somewhat undeserved once we sorted out her shaft vibration problems)
HMAS Wollongong - Woebegone or Gabo on the rocks after she ran aground there
HMAS Bendigo - Bendistop or Bendingo; she was Darwin based when the baby Azaria Chambers disappeared.
HMAS Gladstone - Sadrock

bert-261
14-01-2012, 16:13
Sometime in her career,possibly after a botched ras with Blake, R.F.A Olna, became known as Oh Lord Not Again.

bert-261
15-01-2012, 18:49
H.M.S. Superb according to my late R.M. mate Len Andrews who served on her was reverently referred to as the Super B.

lodesman
23-01-2012, 08:36
the Type 22's Cumberland called 'The Mighty Sausage' & Cornwall 'The Ice Cream Frigate' (F99) Penelope was also 'F.A.B.1', Gloucester was 'Fighting G', Hermione was 'Crying Wolf' (during Tanker Wars in the late 80's) & Montmouth the 'Black Duke' Thanks to my manager at work for the above info, ex Chief Ops (Radar)

ASSAIL
23-01-2012, 11:01
Some more RN ones............I served in:-

CEYLON...................................220 (Second to None)
KEPPEL...................................Krabby K
AJAX.....................................The White Tornado (TV advert)

others

BARROSA..............................The Queen B
LLANDAFF..............................Daffy
BROCKELSBY..........................The Black Brock

Scurs, in my time in FEF LLANDAFF was always referred to as "Plum Duff"!
I served in both Bacchante (already quoted previous as Bag Shanty - remember her pendant No was F 69, and Achilles but I never heard/can't remember a nickname for her. Any takers?

spooksxintel
03-02-2012, 00:56
I and a few others have been administrating a FB page, "Nicknames For US Navy Ships" at http://www.facebook.com/media/albums/?id=194803103924432 that serve as a data base for videos of the same nature on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/spooksxintel?feature=mhee . I have "borrowed" from this site in the past and it looks like I might need to take a second look since I have been here last and became a member.

PhilMeds
12-12-2012, 12:41
Bacchante was known as the Bagshanty from the day it joined Standing Nato Force Atlantic, STANAVFORLANT, off Williamshaven, Germany, 5th March 1970, due to the other eight ships being resentful of her being brand new.

What was and still is a mystery, she did not have a motto? Any takers as to the reason. Could it be something to do with the name,or prehaps the fact that the ships crest is a bunch of grapes, quite apart from the number F 69.

oldsalt
12-12-2012, 16:05
The battle ship Royal Sovereign was known as the " Tiddly Quid."

ivorthediver
12-12-2012, 17:10
Bacchante was known as the Bagshanty from the day it joined Standing Nato Force Atlantic, STANAVFORLANT, off Williamshaven, Germany, 5th March 1970, due to the other eight ships being resentful of her being brand new.

What was and still is a mystery, she did not have a motto? Any takers as to the reason. Could it be something to do with the name,or prehaps the fact that the ships crest is a bunch of grapes, quite apart from the number F 69.

Welcome to the Forum Phil , and glad to see you are at home now , have read your posts with great interest ...and look forward to reading more of them

Kind Regards Ivor

Rupert
12-12-2012, 17:39
Where a ship name is re-used, do nicknames tend to carry over, or are they thought up anew?

I suspect that there are examples of both but I wondered what the general tendency is

johnny07
12-12-2012, 19:01
Hms Penelope in ww2 was called Pepperpot.

The Black Swan was called the dirty duck.

There must have been hundreds of them.

I remember the Grovelling Grenville.

Scatari
12-12-2012, 21:51
Where a ship name is re-used, do nicknames tend to carry over, or are they thought up anew?

I suspect that there are examples of both but I wondered what the general tendency is

Rupert:

Can't speak for the RN, but in our mob on this side of the Atlantic, they tend to be re-used.

Two most well-known examples:

HMCS Restigouche I & II - both known as "Rusty Guts"
HMCS St Laurent I & II - both known as "Sally Rand"

Gannet driver
20-03-2013, 23:55
Not exactly nicknames but worth a mention.

When Antelope and Penelope met for the first time after a long time, one (not sure which) signaled the other "At last, Antellypee meets Pennylope".

Mike

chris westwood
21-03-2013, 20:39
my father told me that the black swan frigateFlamingo in the med was called the 'Flaming Joe'.
V and W class long range escorts were called submarines because they were under the water more than they were above it in rough weather.
King George the V class battleship were KG5s

HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson with their supestructures and funnel aft were nicknamed Rodnol and Nelsol after the class of fleet oilers that had names ending in Ol
The cruiser Sheffield was the Shiny Sheff because the city of Sheffield provided stainless steel fittings for her, a tradition that was continued in her successors.

the converted tug Wakeful in the 70s was very unreliable apparently and was nicknamed 'HMS Wasteful'

Bonzo
21-03-2013, 21:35
The Cruiser "Superb"

Was known I believe as the "Super B"

ASSAIL
22-03-2013, 03:06
HMAS SWAN - Fluffy Duck or after some activity reported in the Oz press, Swing With A Nutter

Gannet driver
22-04-2013, 19:21
Yes, I can confirm "Super B".

Back in '62 the Glamorgan was known to her ship's company as the Glamorous Organ - others referred to her as the "THICK **ICK"

Mike

Brian Wentzell
23-04-2013, 21:48
From the Canadian side of the Atlantic we remember HMCS Bonaventure as the "Bonnie" and HMCS Athabaskan is sometimes referred to as the "AthaB". From World War II we also have "Happy Haida" which is the only surviving Tribal Class destroyer.

Brian

carlosflopez
12-05-2013, 01:26
Lady Lex = CVA 16 USS Lexington on board 1959 - 1962

carlosflopez
12-05-2013, 01:28
Lady Lex = CVA 16 USS Lexington on board 1959 - 1962
made 2 Far East Cruises G-1 Division

billmatthews
16-07-2013, 09:12
Most of the Leander class had nicknames, I remember:

Argonaut - Argon Nut
Dido - Dickie Dido
Bacchante - Bag Shanty
Cleopatra - Cleo
Euryalus -You Rely On Us
Hermione - Hermy One
Penelope & Antelope swapped pronunciations - Penny Lope & Antellopee
Sirius - You Can't Be! (John McEnroe)
Charybdis - Cherry B

Perhaps other shipmates can remember the remainder:)

Scurs
16-07-2013, 19:47
Bill - mentioned in Post 20 - but to add to your list:-

AJAX - "The White Tornado" (from TV advert)

Buntingtosser55
03-09-2013, 00:03
HMAS Stalwart A215 - Building 215.

For quite a long time during the 1980's it never seemed to go to sea.

Brian

Brian Wentzell
03-09-2013, 00:23
HMCS Cape Breton, ARE 100 was known as "Building 100" in Esquimalt as she spent all of her years after paying off in 1964 as a stationary but towable maintenance facility in the Dockyard.

Brian

brian james
03-09-2013, 05:34
HMNZS Blackpool was known as 'Puddle'...Brian

billmatthews
17-03-2014, 15:41
HMS Scarborough was 'Scabby Abbs'!

Powers
01-05-2014, 20:35
Whilst reading a very official and extensive Royal Naval document, beautifully handwritten by its author, I was shocked and amused when the compiling officer suddenly veered away from his previous use of strict formal Naval terminology and began referring to some of the ships he was writing about by their nicknames only. After a few pages of this disrespectful slang he reverted back to using formal Naval language with absolutely no explanation for his sudden aberration. I can only suppose that he may have been in a mischievous mood or maybe just plain demob happy!

Anyway, after reading on through the several hundred further very formal pages of the document I think I've worked out the correct names of the ships he rudely referred to during his funny five minutes. They are:

HMS ULYSSES - (USELESS)
HMS TACITURN - (TACKY TURN)
HMS SENESCHAL - (SENSUAL)
HMS GRECIAN - (GREASY ANNIE)
RFA DINGLEDALE - (JINGLE BELLS)

I just hope that his boss also saw the funny side!

PhilMeds
18-07-2015, 17:28
In 1956, H.M.S.Carron was converted into a training ship for the Britannia Royal Naval School (BRNC) Dartmouth.

Due to the ships company being less than half normal complement, the ship gained the unfortunate nickname of "The Dirty Thirty". This was not that internally we were less than clean but as we spent long periods in Devonport Dockyard, the ship tend to look less than "Ship shape and Bristol Fashion".

I have attached a picture that shows Midshipmans charthouse on what had been "B Gun" deck.

Picture taken first time at sea after conversion.

Note size of Forecastle crew.

Jan Steer
18-07-2015, 18:33
The nick-naming of warships is of course nothing new. The ships in Lord Nelson's navy were often given them by their crews. Bellerophon was known as "Billy Ruffian" and Polyphemus was referred to as "Polly Infamous" for example.

Pusser509
18-07-2015, 18:35
HMCS Cape Breton, ARE 100 was known as "Building 100" in Esquimalt as she spent all of her years after paying off in 1964 as a stationary but towable maintenance facility in the Dockyard.

Brian

To those of us who were billeted on board, after she was paid off and became an accommodation ship, Cape Breton was affectionately known as "The Fred" or just plain Fred.

Mitch Hinde
18-07-2015, 22:20
Hi All

HMS Weston Super Mare - Aggie on horseback.

Mitch Hinde

Scratch
19-07-2015, 04:12
HMNZS CANTERBURY - 'The Formica Frigate'. When she was built she was trimmed internally with much more formica than was usual for her RN sisters. And her call sign at Portland was '4M' (4 Mike). Go figure!

HMNZS OTAGO was occasionally 'FIFI' because a slight modification to her pennant number - F111 - could lead to embarrassment (First Lt didn't notice the extra black lines because he couldn't see the side from the wharf!)

fleetchief
25-07-2015, 22:49
Yes, I can confirm "Super B".

Back in '62 the Glamorgan was known to her ship's company as the Glamorous Organ - others referred to her as the "THICK **ICK"

Mike

I think you're a bit early there, Mike. She wasn't launched until 1964, and there was only 2 of the Ships Company at that occasion, Cdr (ME) & Lt. Paxton (ME). Ship's company didn't start to join until 1965.

We had a miserable 12 months in Whitley Bay lodgings, waiting to join.

A memorial commission for me, because I met my wife-to-be, when we called into CFB Esquimalt, Vancouver Island for a maintenance period.

I finally left it in May 1969.

Cheers,

Ed

culverin
26-07-2015, 15:22
I concur with ed's - Fleetchief - observations.
I was in HMS Glamorgan April 1971 - Dec 1972, a little later than Ed, and a very happy ship she was too with 2 brilliant very senior skippers, a Jimmy larger than life and more 3 badge men than you can imagine. Also the only GUZZ - Devonport - based County at the time.
Our deployment from 1st June 1971 - 16th March 1972 was a truly memorable period of my rapidly diminishing life, although, hey, we are all travelling at the same speed.
However, i do take umbrage from this incessant nickname she apparently had as the Glamorous Organ. This is definitely a figment of someones fertile imagination. She had no nickname whilst i served in her, at the time.
Simply the Greatest will suffice. Both ship and crew.
Unlike most warships, the central passage which ran aft from B gun bay was not the Burma Way but the more prosaic Rhondda Valley.

Tercios
30-07-2015, 22:42
Not sure if the "Old Lady" (HMS Warspite) got a mention yet. It was Admiral Cunningham, impressed with the vintage ship's speed, who inadvertently gave her the name when he remarked, "When the old lady lifts her skirts, she can run!"

Here's a fairly comprehensive list of ship's nicknames: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_warships_by_nickname

Forester
05-08-2015, 12:44
I was looking at the HMS Victorious thread when it occurred to me that we've never had an HMS Happy.

I mean we had an HMS Glorious, and we always promise to "Send Her Victorious, Happy and Glorious" - but the Happy has yet to be launched.

BlackBat242
06-08-2015, 01:21
I concur with ed's - Fleetchief - observations.
I was in HMS Glamorgan April 1971 - Dec 1972, a little later than Ed, and a very happy ship she was too with 2 brilliant very senior skippers, a Jimmy larger than life and more 3 badge men than you can imagine. Also the only GUZZ - Devonport - based County at the time.
Our deployment from 1st June 1971 - 16th March 1972 was a truly memorable period of my rapidly diminishing life, although, hey, we are all travelling at the same speed.
However, i do take umbrage from this incessant nickname she apparently had as the Glamorous Organ. This is definitely a figment of someones fertile imagination. She had no nickname whilst i served in her, at the time.
Simply the Greatest will suffice. Both ship and crew.
Unlike most warships, the central passage which ran aft from B gun bay was not the Burma Way but the more prosaic Rhondda Valley.

Many times the nicknames are applied by those on other ships, ad are used only by those, to "put down" the other ships - and thus are rarely or never heard by the crew of the ship in question.

I'm sure that few aboard USS Constellation CV-64 actually referred to her as "the Constipation", but that's how we aboard Ranger CV-61 and Kitty hawk CV-63, the other carriers stationed at NAS North Island, San Diego Ca. in the mid-late 1980s referred to her. I believe her own crew often used "Consternation".

Similarly, while others referred to Ranger as "Danger-Ranger"*, we just called her "Stranger" - or "Lone Ranger" (due to the habit of playing the part of the William Tell overture used as the theme of the 1950s-60s TV show "The Lone Ranger" when departing a pier or breaking off from UnRep (RAS)).

I first heard the "Danger-Ranger" moniker years later, from people who had been in the Navy aboard other ships at the time I had been aboard Ranger.


* in reference to her engine room fire in 1983 which killed 6, as well as a series of 4 significant fires in 1976-78 and two at-sea collisions in 1979 & 1983 that caused significant damage to both ships in each case.

Scurs
06-08-2015, 08:11
I was looking at the HMS Victorious thread when it occurred to me that we've never had an HMS Happy.

I mean we had an HMS Glorious, and we always promise to "Send Her Victorious, Happy and Glorious" - but the Happy has yet to be launched.


Always thought the actual words were "Send her Victorious, Ark Royal and Glorious" :D:D

Scurs
06-08-2015, 08:16
[QUOTE=BlackBat242;10139607]Many times the nicknames are applied by those on other ships, ad are used only by those, to "put down" the other ships - and thus are rarely or never heard by the crew of the ship in question.

True...........whilst BARROSA was known throughout the fleet as "The Queen Bee" (after a homosexual case), I doubt her ship's company knew her as that. :D