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Old 08-07-2008, 20:29
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These are some views, (one at the far end showing the Isle of Wight car ferry terminal) of what used to be HMS Vernon, now Gun Wharf Quays. Hopefully, Bob can sharpen these up as well. Bob, I would be gratefull if you could tell me how you do it,
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Old 08-07-2008, 22:18
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Here you are then Bob, hope you got my PM.

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Old 20-07-2008, 07:55
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Lively Lady berthed at Gun Wharf, photo taken yesterday. She recently returned from the 'Ray Marine Lively Lady Project' round the world voyage, the aim of which was to help young adults turn their lives around. She is also renowned for being the yacht in which Sir Alec Rose completed a solo circumnavigation in 1968.
(Apologies for the standard of photography but they were taken using a mobile phone and I could hardly see the screen in the sunlight),
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Old 03-08-2008, 10:04
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These are photo's of HMS Vernon Auxilliary Company operating just before WW2. Found these on the HMS Vernon Web Site. My friend Roy, now 90, enlisted into this in 1938. He said they used to carry out exercises in the channel as far out as the Channel Islands using trawlers,
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Nice pics of the famous UK port! That tower "looks" to be quite something....from my side of the pond here is the last big ferry operating on the Great Lakes: S.S. Badger. She sails from Ludington, MI to Manitowac, Wisconsin now. I saw her launched-sideways of course-in 1952 in Sturgeon Bay, WI while sitting on my dads' shoulders. Still steaming, on coal, all these decades later...gr8 4 hour one way ride! All loading/unloading is done through her stern; hence the "seagate" that lifts. She must turn 180 degrees in each basin to come in stern first. DFO
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Old 03-08-2008, 14:07
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Is it me??????????
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Old 03-08-2008, 16:44
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Bob, you're not in the photo are you,
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Old 03-08-2008, 19:32
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No I'm not Bob, I just wondered what it had to do with HMS Vernon!

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Old 03-08-2008, 19:47
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Hi Bob. It has everything to do with Vernon as it was the HMS Vernon Auxilliary Company was based there. These men went on to crew the MMS throughout WW2 serving in the RNR. Very brave men,
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Old 03-08-2008, 21:16
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Bob2, I think Bob1's referring to DFO's post. Nothing to do with Vernon whatsoever ?????????
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:39
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Hi Rik,
Thank you for clearing this up. Sorry Bob, I completely mis-understood you,
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:36
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Thats not the Vernon I knew in 1942,this is the one I went to & not a girl in site.doug.birch
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One part of this post reminded me of my Grandfather. He was posted to HMS Vernon during the First World War and served on the attached trawlers Russell II and Welbeck. He was Mentioned in Dispatches on 3.8.1917 because he went aft to secure a mine that had come adrift during a storm. I understand that in those days HMS Vernon was the name given to the ship that was attached to the mine school. During this period the former HMS Warrior served as HMS Vernon, so it is good that she is back there now.
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Old 04-08-2008, 14:05
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If that's the case Doug this should bring back some memories!

http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/aol/image...playCount%3D18

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Old 05-08-2008, 19:38
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Hi Doug,
The HMS Vernon web site mentions, among others, Roedean. Here is the reason why they dispersed there,
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Various sections of HMS Vernon were dispersed to sites throughout the country following heavy air raids, one of which demolished Dido Building and killed 100 people in a single night. On 3 May 1941, the main part of HMS Vernon was evacuated to Roedean Girls’ School at Brighton (HMS Vernon(R)) where bell pushes on the dormitory bulkhead were purportedly labelled ‘Ring for Mistress”. Other sites included Havant, Purbrook, West Leigh, Stokes Bay, Hove, Dartmouth/Brixham, Helensburgh, Edinburgh and Port Edgar.

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Old 05-08-2008, 22:01
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Hi Doug,
Looking at your photo of Roedean, I am sure I saw this when we travelled by train to Brighton last year. Looked unchanged,
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:09
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This is the other accommodation facilities provided for naval personnel at Vernon St. Dunstan's Ovingdean, Sussex. I spent many nights doing lookout on this roof. It was still vulnerable to air attacks, for 1 person was killed whilst sitting down to a meal by enemy plane. Doug.Birch
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:22
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Thanks for that Doug, we learn something every day!

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

HMS Vernon's Badge

Historical information and photos regarding HMS Vernon can be seen on the MCDOA website here and on Tony Drury's excellent website here. Many of the images have already been reproduced in this thread.

HMS Vernon seems to have had two ship's badges in its time:


I scanned the first version from the frontispiece of 'HMS Vernon - A short History from 1930 to 1955' by Cdr E. D. Webb RN and the Wardroom Mess Committee, published in 1955. The design is also evident on the music stands of HMS Vernon's wartime volunteer band, seen playing in the theatre here:


I would like to know when the more familiar second badge superseded the first. I suspect it was in 1961 when, according to 'The Torpedomen - HMS Vernon's story 1872-1986' by Rear Admiral Nicho Poland CB, CBE, Osprey closed down as an A/S school and all training was transferred to Vernon along with the various caravans containing mobile teachers (ASUATs as I remember them). Does anyone know the answer?

Project Vernon

Project Vernon is the campaign to erect a monument at Gunwharf Quays to commemorate the Minewarfare and Diving heritage of HMS Vernon which previously stood on the site. This is intended as a legacy for future generations and will honour a broad range of people including:
  • First World War naval personnel involved in the development, laying and sweeping of mines.
  • Second World War mine designers, mine countermeasures boffins, RMS (Rendering Mines Safe) personnel, BSOs (Bomb Safety Officers and other RN EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) personnel as well as those who have since dealt with bombs, mines and other explosive devices all over the world and, even now, are serving in Afghanistan.
  • MX Wrens who put together 'special' mine assemblies designed to thwart German minesweeping efforts during the Second World War.
  • All those who were trained in minewarfare at HMS Vernon or were involved in designing, laying, sweeping, hunting or rendering safe mines. Before the advent of the MW Branch, these included Torpedo and TAS Branch personnel as well as surface ship crew members, aviators and submariners.
  • All those trained or involved in experimental diving, deep diving, clearance diving and ship's diving or who were based in diving teams at HMS Vernon.
  • All those RN and RNR personnel who have served in minesweepers, minehunters and diving tenders operating out of HMS Vernon or even visiting it for exercises.
Here is an artist's impression of the finished monument:


If any of you would like to help see this exciting vision come to fruition, please go to the Project Vernon website here and either make a donation and/or offer your services. The next promotional event is planned for the weekend of 1st/2nd May at Gunwharf Quays. This will coincide with the Sea Cadet Festival 2010 celebrating the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Cadet movement. Even if you don't get involved in running it, make a point of coming to the Project Vernon stand, having a chat, seeing the exhibits and purchasing some of the merchandise or raffle tickets. This is what the stand looked like last July:


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Hi Bob,thanks for putting my mind at rest about the tower,was there any accidents from the testing, when you are young you don`t take the saME INTEREST IN THESE ESTABLISHMENTS and what they do or was that just me. great photos of VERNON on this forum.
I was in Vernon in1956, in 1962 and in 1964 as diving school ships co.
Somwhere I belive between 62 and 64 some bright spark "litorally" thought it a good idea to grease the connection threads of the gages on a compressed O2 cylinder, the resulting explosion I was told, turned the cylinder into a high speed torpedo and demollished most of the main shed.

Were any of you there at the time? what were the repercussions?.
I know that in 64 there were plenty of warning notices telling all to keep grease a million miles away from O2.
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I have perused all of the great pictures on site but I find it very difficult to get my bearings, except maybe for the harbour side dock where we trained the sub aqua clubs and african army "volunteer?" divers.
The main "deepwater" shed was somewhere over to the right and further back from that but it is hard to visulise, even though I worked there for six months feeding all you old divers with Canadian chees and Bluebird corned dog rolls.
I still have my register of every diver and every roll he ate over my six months.
And one or two still have not paid, so dont think I'v forgot.
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If you fancy a nostalgia trip have a look at this one!

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And how about this one for a tear jerker?
We didn't have cars parked on the parade ground in my days there!

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Familiar sights in new surroundings.

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And how about this one for a tear jerker?
We didn't have cars parked on the parade ground in my days there!

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