The Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner had been moved back one night due to the increasing sea state, so safe in the calmer waters of the English Channel the revelers gathered.
to my new found shipmate and ex
Chief Gunnery Instructor Royal Navy Kevin (Flash) Gordon.
The Captain's Table
of which I was one.
selects 'interesting only' with a Marine background also helping
(their words not mine). It was a great privilege to be there
Oh England my Lionheart
Peter Pan steals the kids in Kensington Park
You read me Shakespeare on the Rolling Thames
That old river pool where that never, ever ends
Our thumping hearts hold the Ravens in
Keep the tower from tumbling
Well, that's that over and done with, arriving at Spit Head at 07:00.
Ryde, Isle of Wight
M/V Voyager arrived at Spit Head, the confluence of the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour, at 08:00 this morning and with the Pilot embarked started the passage to our berth at Flathouse Quay some 4 miles to the north.
Low Water Spring Tide and the first reminiscence was the 'mud' off of Ryde Pier. As a 15 years old Boy Seaman we left HMS St Vincent in a Sailing Whaler under the commend of a Leading Seaman and soon anchoring at this location. Just a short paddle to shore we were soon enjoying the delights of the Isle of Wight but returned to find the boat over on its keel and the sea nowhere to be seen. With no radio communication we were soon reported missing with a search aircraft and Lifeboat being launched. Perhaps no need to mention the bollocking that followed.
HORSE SAND FORT
which for reasons not to be reveled always puts me in mind of
and the old HMS DOLPHIN
home of the 1st Submarine Squadron
in which I served for 5 years.
Every Submariner was required to undertake 3 x 30 foot escapes, 1 x 50 foot, 1 x 100 foot in 'escape suit' and 1 x 100 foot 'free accent' (one breath of air).
The GOSPORT FERRY
aka Seagoing Jesus Boot (sandal)
a fabulous part of the Portsmouth Maritime Museum
a 'not to be missed experience'.
French Navy Hydrographic Research Vessel FS LAPLACE
c4 of the new generation 'Stealth Destroyers' of the
'Daring Class' were alongside.
HMS EDINBURGH and HMS ARK ROYAL (background)
The Destroyer HMS BRISTOL now used as a
Seamanship Training School.
then back into the same berth we left on 04/12/2012