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Old 21 October 2013, 10:25   #11
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*googles flights to Singapoore*

No need, IMHO the best diving in the world is on your doorstep Find a good liveaboard running a deep week off NI & you won't go far wrong. Atlantic water temp is around 17deg mid-late summer, by which time the plankton bloom has cleared.
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Old 21 October 2013, 15:36   #12
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My father was torpedoed 23rd Sept 1942.
He was a Radio Officer on SS Athelsultan, a tanker in Convoy SC100, carrying 13,000 tons of molasses (used in Gunpowder) and alcohol.
The tanker was also the Convoy Commodore's ship.
SC100 had scattered due to bad weather, and U617 torpeoded the tanker at 00.19 in the morning in bad weather,
the U Boat captain showing amazing skill to get the torpedoes away.
My father was off watch at the time and he abandoned ship in only a vest and a pair of trousers. He found a Caley float with a badly wounded ship mate on it and pulled himself aboard. His shipmate died soon afterwards and he had to roll him over the side. he was one of only 10 survivors from the 61 onboard. He was 19 years old.
The ship went down 700 miles Southeast of CapeFarewell Greenland.
He was on the raft 24 hours, before miraculously being picked up in rough seas by HMS Nasturtium, a Flower class Corvette. He always maintained that the RN came looking for them because they had been the Commodore's ship and had RN staff on board.
He was landed at Londonderry, in only his vest and trousers, and had to go to the Salvation Army for clothes and a bed to sleep in until he could get a rail voucher to get home.
The Merchant Navy suffered the greatest percentage of casualties for the size of its force, than any of the other services, yet all the time they were civilians. When ashore they didnt wear uniforms and came in for a lot of abuse from women and servicemen. My father recalled being spat at once on a train. Eventually the government gave them MN lapel badges, but they were often turned upside down to spell NW...not wanted.
My father served on Russian, Atlantic, Far Eastern, Med, and Indian convoys.
He was invalided out in 1945 having lost the hearing in his left ear. I tried for years to get a war pension for him but the government would not give him one. He had a ton of fantastic tales to tell, and was responsible for me getting the sea bug. We should be proud of all the MN did during the war.
My stepfather was on the Russian convoys in wintertime,never did not like talking about it much.
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Old 21 October 2013, 16:27   #13
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My stepfather was on the Russian convoys in wintertime,never did not like talking about it much.
I could undertsand that, a different generation, they kept a lot of stuff in.
Conditions were terrible. Brave men.
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My father was torpedoed 23rd Sept 1942.
He was a Radio Officer on SS Athelsultan, a tanker in Convoy SC100, carrying 13,000 tons of molasses (used in Gunpowder) and alcohol.
The tanker was also the Convoy Commodore's ship.
SC100 had scattered due to bad weather, and U617 torpeoded the tanker at 00.19 in the morning in bad weather,
the U Boat captain showing amazing skill to get the torpedoes away.
My father was off watch at the time and he abandoned ship in only a vest and a pair of trousers. He found a Caley float with a badly wounded ship mate on it and pulled himself aboard. His shipmate died soon afterwards and he had to roll him over the side. he was one of only 10 survivors from the 61 onboard. He was 19 years old.
The ship went down 700 miles Southeast of CapeFarewell Greenland.
He was on the raft 24 hours, before miraculously being picked up in rough seas by HMS Nasturtium, a Flower class Corvette. He always maintained that the RN came looking for them because they had been the Commodore's ship and had RN staff on board.
He was landed at Londonderry, in only his vest and trousers, and had to go to the Salvation Army for clothes and a bed to sleep in until he could get a rail voucher to get home.
The Merchant Navy suffered the greatest percentage of casualties for the size of its force, than any of the other services, yet all the time they were civilians. When ashore they didnt wear uniforms and came in for a lot of abuse from women and servicemen. My father recalled being spat at once on a train. Eventually the government gave them MN lapel badges, but they were often turned upside down to spell NW...not wanted.
My father served on Russian, Atlantic, Far Eastern, Med, and Indian convoys.
He was invalided out in 1945 having lost the hearing in his left ear. I tried for years to get a war pension for him but the government would not give him one. He had a ton of fantastic tales to tell, and was responsible for me getting the sea bug. We should be proud of all the MN did during the war.
Saw the programme and enjoyed it, but loved reading that, good old boy - must have been freezing!!!
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Saw the programme and enjoyed it, but loved reading that, good old boy - must have been freezing!!!
If you can, get hold of a copy of HMS Ulysses, its Alistair MacLeans first book & his best imho, absolutely gripping & moving.
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if you can, get hold of a copy of hms ulysses, its alistair macleans first book & his best imho, absolutely gripping & moving.
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From the other side as well, try reading Iron Coffins by Herbert Werner-the true story of one of only 24 U-boat captains still alive at the end of the war, with 731 U-boats sunk. It's truly terrifying in places.
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From the other side as well, try reading Iron Coffins by Herbert Werner-the true story of one of only 24 U-boat captains still alive at the end of the war, with 731 U-boats sunk. It's truly terrifying in places.
I'd forgotten about that one, cracking read. If it's Atlantic convoys you're interested in, don't forget "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat & "Sink the Bismark" by Ludovic Kennedy. Just the thing for the long winter nights by the fire, when there's feck all on telly, which is most nights Which reminds me, I've got all 6 hours of Das Boot still to watch.
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I really recommend you get hold of this one - put it on your Christmas present list fellas.

The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943
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You tube link of some Irish wreck footage, of interest to dive types no doubt.

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