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Old 13-12-2009, 15:36
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Thanks, Ken, anyone got anymore ???

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Old 15-01-2010, 19:24
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Hi all.Ships names and nicknames abound.Royal soveriegn for instance being "Tiddly Quid" Jack will always find a nickname for his ship! Some names astound me however.I know all T Class submarines were started with the letter T,but who in the hell thought of TIPTOE and why. Here's one for our American friends.I know France helped you a lot in your War of Independance,but who the heck was BON HOMME RICHARD? Regards Steve.

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Old 15-01-2010, 19:54
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Whilst Wikipedia is by no means authoritative (do I hear "You can say that again"?), it has a listing of a fair number of nicknames under "List of warships by nickname". However, as well as the usual words of caution about that particular website, I'm not convinced that all of the nicknames given were used by Jolly Jack (or his equivalent in other navies) - some may have been invented by pressmen or other writers. Still, the webpage may jog a few memories.

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Old 15-01-2010, 21:48
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Hi all.Ships names and nicknames abound.Royal soveriegn for instance being "Tiddly Quid" Jack will always find a nickname for his ship! Some names astound me however.I know all T Class submarines were started with the letter T,but who in the hell thought of TIPTOE and why. Here's one for our American friends.I know France helped you a lot in your War of Independance,but who the heck was BON HOMME RICHARD? Regards Steve.

Steve, Hms/m Tiptoe was given the name by none other than Sir Winston Churchill in 1944. He actually gave names to quite a few submarines.

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Old 15-01-2010, 22:17
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Thanks Alan. I bow to his superior judgment.I wonder if he had just seen the filmm "The Red Shoes"? I believe Tiptoe had amongst her trophies a pair of Moira Andersons ballet shoes(Now in the sub museum) Cheers Steve.

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Old 15-01-2010, 22:35
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Hi Alan. Could this be anything to do with Churchill saying that he wanted sailors to die for a ships name and not a number.A lot of subs in World War 2 had only numbers ie P123 not names,and a number due to be renamed were lost before the paperwork was complete? Cheers Steve.

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Old 15-01-2010, 23:44
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Steve, you are correct with your theory. Churchill insisted that the boats all be given names. I don't know how many were lost before they were named.

Stopfords book gives an example of Hms/m Truant which had a badge of a dog loose on a lead, no pattern of it exists and so the badge was never officially produced, however I think there are several unofficial badges of the design around.

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Old 20-01-2010, 17:47
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Hi Alan. Sorry to be so long in getting back to you on your last post,had to go down to the sub museum to look at the memorial.Its now there,though it used to stand on the Thames Embankment. There were 10 subs went down with just Pennant numbers and no names.H31,H49,P32,P33,P36,P39,P514,and P311.There were then of course 8 X-Craft,3,9,8,5,6,7,10,22. Many regards Steve.
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Hello All.

I have heard that HMS Glamorgan was nick named The Glamourous Organ and ; HMS Invincible = Invisible

A question for your combined extensive knowledge. Was there ever a ship named HMS Holbrook?

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HMS TRUELOVE (J303) Launched in 1943. contract to USN cancelled, RN took the contract on her in 44 and was scrapped in 1957, I last saw her alongside at Chatham dockyard in 1955.

Pictured here in 1947 in GrandHarbour, Malta with a County class cruiser in the back ground---any ideas of the name of the cruiser sitting there?
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Hi Steve! Re your post 27 I believe the Bonne Homme Richard (Bonny Dick)was a ship the US took over from the French at about the time of the Revolutionary War.She was named after Benjamin Franklin who was called that by the French during his time as Ambassador to France. I don't know the original name.of the ship.
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Old 23-02-2010, 12:16
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HiJohn.Thanks a million for that info..Many Regards...Steve.
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Old 23-02-2010, 12:45
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Other than "220" which our friend Dave220 will be familiar, nicknames I recall from my own time in mob:-

"Daffy".............LLANDAFF
"The White Tornado"..............AJAX
"Queen Bee".......BARROSA
"Dildo".............DIDO
"Black Brock"...BROCKLESBY (Hunt Class Destroyer)
"Chi"............CHICHESTER
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Old 25-02-2010, 10:00
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Was it the RED PLUM for the ENDEVOUR?
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Old 27-03-2010, 21:48
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Hi Dave the Endurance was indeed known as the Red Plum. Also Canberra when STUFT during the Falkland Conflict was known as The Great White Whale!

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Old 28-03-2010, 21:26
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Bonne Homme Richard was originally "Duc du Duras", a frigate but to start with she was an East Indiaman. Hope this is helpful.

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Old 28-03-2010, 21:33
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Andy I can find no record of an HMS Holbrook though others with greater knowledge than me may come across one. Ships have always had nicknames.
In Nelson's fleet, for instance, the Bellerophon was always known as, "Billy Ruffian".
In more recent times HMS Weston Super Mare was "Aggies on horseback"
In my own time I remember:
Bulwark - the Rusty B
Cleopatra - Cleo
Charybdis - Cherry B
Hermione - Hermy one
Ajax - the white tornado
Ariadne - Harry had me

There must be many more

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Old 31-03-2010, 14:05
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I remember these from my time.

Duncan - Drunken
Lincoln - Stinkin
Penelope - pronounced as Antelope
Antelope - Pronounced as Penelope
Bucchante - Bagshantie
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Old 31-03-2010, 15:24
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Whalerman...........thanks for nudging memory.......of course....2nd FS.......

"Drunken" DUNCAN (as you mention)
"Krabby K" KEPPEL
"Mad" MURRAY (seldom entered harbour below 15 knots)
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Old 31-03-2010, 21:04
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A cople more nicknames.
Dreadnought (submarine. "Doughnut".
Hermes111 "Happy H"
Wizard "Merlin".
Merlin. "Wizard"
Such is Jack's inverted sense of humour.Regards Steve.
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Andy I can find no record of an HMS Holbrook though others with greater knowledge than me may come across one. best wishes
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Andy - whilst no "HMS Holbrook", there is of course "Royal Hospital School, Holbrook" (Suffolk), which has strong RN connections.
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Whalerman...........thanks for nudging memory.......of course....2nd FS.......

"Drunken" DUNCAN (as you mention)
"Krabby K" KEPPEL
"Mad" MURRAY (seldom entered harbour below 15 knots)
"Grubby" GRAFTON
Hi Scurs Keppel was the "Krazy K" when I was onboard.
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Old 06-04-2010, 16:30
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As I can recall HMS Claverhouse,Forth RNR unit attached minesweeper was called HMS Killiecrankie for years. this was to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Killiecrankie by John Grahem of Claverhouse "Bonnie Dundee".
Then someone down in the Admiralty must have noticed that it was the Government forces that were defeated at Killiecrankie by the Covenanters.
I imagine the conversation was on the lines "Can't have a naval ship named after a bunch of rebels, can we". So the attached minesweeper then kept its own name, the last I think was Kirkliston.
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As I can recall HMS Claverhouse,Forth RNR unit attached minesweeper was called HMS Killiecrankie for years. this was to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Killiecrankie by John Grahem of Claverhouse "Bonnie Dundee".
Then someone down in the Admiralty must have noticed that it was the Government forces that were defeated at Killiecrankie by the Covenanters.
I imagine the conversation was on the lines "Can't have a naval ship named after a bunch of rebels, can we". So the attached minesweeper then kept its own name, the last I think was Kirkliston.
Last Forth RNR Ton Class ship was KEDLESTON (1977 - 1985). Then they must have been given a River Class.
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