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10 Responses to Welcome

  1. Paul (Ben) Cartwright

    I served on HMS Beachampton in the Gulf in 1970/1971. I would like to join the TCA.

    • Hi Paul,
      Welcome and thanks for contacting us.
      You can download membership application forms from the website. Full details of where to send them are shown. Failing that contact me again and I will happily post off a hard copy to you.
      Best wishes
      Bob

  2. Ray I have sent you an e-mail with a new password. Please action when you receive it. Any problems please get back to me.

    Bob

  3. Good afternoon Peter – what’s the latest news on poor HMS Bronington?

    Has the Peel group abandoned ship?

    k.r.

    richard goss

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    From: AVOCAQA@aol.com [mailto:AVOCAQA@aol.com]
    Sent: 29 March 2007 18:13
    To: news@angliapressagency.co.uk
    Subject: Re: HMS Bronington

    Dear Richard,

    Thank you for your note and continued interest.

    Regret no news, positive or otherwise, about HMS Bronington.

    As of ten days ago she (and HMS Plymouth) were still alongside the wall in Victoria Basin Birkenhead, untended and unloved.

    Some months ago there had been a flurry of interest from a group in Plymouth to return the frigate to Devonport but it fell apart when a property developer there put in a bid for the space where it had been hoped to berth the ship. Mersey Docks & Harbour Co were reported as trying to “package” sale of both vessels together but this was not acceptable to the Plymouth group.

    It is now over two years since Bronington has received any maintenance and her decks were not in good condition then. We fear the worst. Wooden ships deteriorate rapidly. We have been advised that there is standing water in the main passageway and several compartments. We saw patches of wet rot on her upper peck when we were last aboard 18 months ago. If / When the hull begins to leak, there is a significant risk that she will sink at in the dock. Presumably Mersey Docks will be forced to take some action then.

    Our thoughts are turning to possibilities for creating some form of a shore-based memorial by relocation of significant fittings and equipment. Any plan would require the goodwill and cooperation of Mersey Docks and Harbour Co (or their parent Peel Holdings) but so far there is no evidence of either.

    You might try Peel Holdings for their views.

    best wishes,

    Peter Down
    Hon Sec

    TON Class Association

  4. I served on HMS Kirkliston as POREL from 16 April 1972 to 11 March 1973 having flown out to Hong Kong. We subsequently sailed back to the UK and the arrival date at Portsmouth, in the publication, could be correct. The first person on board was the Saccone and Speed rep who came to fit the beer pump in the Senior Rate’s Mess (lol) then some of the crew (generally locals) were granted some leave but those living further afield like me ended up being on duty. (I lived in Fife). The entry in the publication dated Oct 72-Oct 73 is wrong. After our crew came back from leave we sailed for HMS Lochinvar where we became part of 1MCMS. During that time we carried out stop and search operations in the Irish Sea looking for anything that may have been going to the IRA. I left Kirkliston for HMS Cochrane and subsequent demob from the RN. I did know of the refit planned in Gibraltar (as mentioned in the publication) but as I had left the Navy by then I do not have the dates that it was there. Hope this helps.

  5. Alisdair I knew a “Jock” Macleod but that was in the sixties .

    Alan

  6. Julie have you had any responses yet ?

  7. Quite a sea going career Wiggy.

  8. Neil I regret to say that every avenue has been tried in attempts to save her. She is way past recovery. HRH is aware but in a difficult position. If he helps one he will be expected to help all.

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