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Old 10-03-2009, 19:45
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Peter excellent stuff thanks

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Old 10-03-2009, 21:24
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Here's a couple of pictures you may find of interest HMS ECHO on builders sea trials Note the 40/60 bofor mounted on the foc'sel not often you see that on a survey boat didn't think they carried gunners must be wrong .
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Old 11-03-2009, 14:12
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dave ,
excellent pics ,..... i have a pic with all three together , and by the looks ,only ECHO was equipped with 40/60,s, it,s sister,s had nothing fitted.

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Old 11-03-2009, 15:27
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Dave

re the 40/60 on ECHO. I think it must have been removed shortly after she was handed over to the droggies. I havent seen any other photos with armament fitted or any reference to it.

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Old 12-03-2009, 19:33
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Great stuff guys and gals, just curious for those who remeber the navy days why was Triumph never open to the public,
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Old 12-03-2009, 21:04
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Triumph was pretty well sealed off hermetically during her time in Chatham and the only area that was readily accessible was the flight deck. If you remember for Navy Days this was used as a commentary post or for the booties to jump off.

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Old 18-03-2009, 08:43
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Seeing the phots of the inshore squadron brought memories back.
Served on Egeria 1972 to 1975 hard work long hours but good mates and memories smokey Fagg and frank Hook.
and back again on Rothesay during her big refit 1972 left the ship 1982. Then served on the last ship out of Chatham in 86-87
the beautiful looking Hermione.
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Old 19-03-2009, 19:03
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out of 2 basin complete with Sea Wolf, visited her during refit 3 ships in at the time Leeds Castle, Torquay (I Believe) and Herminone very sad day to see the place empty
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Old 01-04-2009, 13:48
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When i was looking for any ships of the reserve fleet at chatham on some old disc,s for another thread,

I came across this piccy .....

The date i don't know
There are two tribal,s ,one being H.M.S NUBIAN on the far side., and old faithful H.M.S TRIUMPH.
The other i would not know .....i throw that question of names to " rumrat ,rik ,or bob and jim.

It should interest guy,s of that certain age

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Old 02-04-2009, 21:33
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Sorry Cylla but I can't help. Although I have a copy of that pic, I am not sure of the names of the ships. I believe the photo may have appeared in a book The Royal Navy at Chatham (or similar name) and there could be further info in the book.
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Checked the book you mention, Jim and that pic IS in there, but all it states is that it is the Stand-By Squadron from the 1970's (No 2 basin) and TRIUMPH in No 3 basin.
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Old 03-04-2009, 17:47
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Thanks for checking the book Rik, no doubt someone will come up trumps with the names in due course
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Old 03-04-2009, 17:54
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many thanks JIM and RIK....so it was stand -by Squadron..that,s some thing i didnt know.. cheer,s

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Old 03-04-2009, 18:01
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Probably ESKIMO which was Chatham based in the 70s and the only Tribal I can remember running from Chatham. NUBIAN and I think MOHAWK appeared in the Standby Squadron only.

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Old 16-04-2010, 19:35
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A recent visit to Chatham brought this reminder of the Standby Squadron.

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Hello,

My late father (died 1982) was a mechanical engineering RN officer (started as a trainee artificer at HMS Raleigh in 1922 and retired in 1957) eventually specialising in gunnery. I am doing a bit of research on his naval career.

I recently visited the historic dockyard at Chatham. My father was there from about 1941 to 1943 as a Lieut (E) in the Engineering Department. I think that he would have been based in the buildings that are now occupied by the "Ship & Trades" restaurant near the basins (I spoke to a very helpful member of the museum staff who was formerly a pattern maker at the dockyard - he explained the map of the dockyard that is on display in the museum and pointed out the engineering buildings near the basins). Has anyone got WW2 photos of Chatham Dockyard that they are willing to put on this thread (or refer me to photos that are already somewhere on WNSF website) ?


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Old 03-07-2012, 16:30
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Slightly strange to post a reply to my own message but I could not find another way of providing a bit more information (from RN records) about his time at Chatham.

wef 16th January 1942, Lieutenant N S Roberts "HMS Pembroke additional as 2nd Assistant to Manager Engineering Dept to assist Engineering Officer for Gun Mountings Chatham Dockyard". Promoted to Lt Cdr 1st July 1942.

"HMS President additional for duty inside Admiralty (Naval Ordnance Dept) Bath", 29th April 1943, "Additional Comments - DL 19th April 1943".

He was also briefly at Chatham much earlier "HMS Pembroke supy. With seniority of 1st July 1931, Acting Mate (E), Additional Comment Promoted from ERA 3 Shakespeare"

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Old 03-07-2012, 16:47
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There is a photo of the wardroom staff from around 1940 or 41 on this thread:

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HMS Pembroke

However I don't suppose those good folks would be the people you are looking for
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Old 04-07-2012, 18:07
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Steve,

Thank you very much for your response. What I'm looking for is photos of the dockyard and its buildings during WW2 when my father would have been there - not photos of people at the dockyard.

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I don't live in the UK, and I'm wondering whether to visit Chatham Historic Dockyard next time I'm over. My time is limited so any time I spend there is time when I can't be pursuing other interests.
I'm more interested in seeing original old buildings and docks and basins etc than in museums and events.
I understand that the Historic Dockyard is only about 1/5 of the area of the former RN base. Is there much to see in the area outside the Historic Dockyard?
Any opinions anybody?
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Old 01-07-2013, 22:20
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Hi Bart
Although I live locally I have not been to Chatham Dockyard for several years and therefore no recent knowledge but I have placed a link as follows and you may glean some information from that. There are some old buildings left mainly the Ropery which I did see and is very interesting original works. http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Plan_Your_Day
if I find anymore current information I will let you know.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:11
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Cracking picture CYLLA, (post #5), and well done rumrat for identifying the ships as I was on Fife at that time. If you look carefully you might be able to make out half the stokers mess creeping out of Gillingham gate for a couple in the Bridge Tavern, or The PoG, (Prince of Guinea). During Navy Days the pubs around the dockyard were open all day. Oh Happy Times. Bert.

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For what it's worth below is a coloured version of CYLLA's photo in post #2.Bert.
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These may be somewhat before your Dad's time CE, but I hope that they are of some interest. Bert.
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I was in Chatham dockyard in1953, with the Reserve Fleet I remember HMS Vanguard was next to our HQ Destroyer HMS. Troubridge.Doug.Birch Ex.Fencer
Are you sure that your memory isn't playing tricks with you? VANGUARD was in commission in 1953 and went on the Spring Cruise to Gib early in 1954. Could VANGUARD have navigated the run up the river? What would she be doing in Chatham anyway?

My memory of the Reserve Fleet in Chatham in 1953 was that the men were accommodated in a ship of the Fleet Train (Duncansby Head?) which was tied up on the River Medway side of No.3 basin farthest from the lock gates. If memory serves it was still there in 1957/8. I remember a couple of big destroyers (MATCHLESS and MARNE?) moored in the river. Their twin 4.7 turrets looked fearsome to me, being young and impressionable.
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