Ton Talk

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  1. It’s proving exceedingly difficult to get to speak to anymeember of either Ton Talk or from the Ton Class Association. I don’t ahve a copy of the February Ton Talk as my Dad is the subscriber. I would like to surprise him and take him to the reunion, but I can’t seem to contact anyone, either through facebook or email or anything. There is no contact number on this site (as far as I can see from jumping around each section) for the reunion secretary so I’d be really grateful if someone could email me a booking form (assuming there are still places, or email me a contact number to Many thanks.

    • Karen,
      I have just e-mailed you with regard to this.
      Again apologies for the problems you have experienced but I have no trace of past messages. Hopefully our Reunion Secretary can assist. Please let me know how you get on.
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Bob. I tried to sennd some pics of the reunion to Alan Yates and the mail address is wrong. Is there any chance that you could let me have his email address. Another excellent reunion. Alan Reeves,

    • Hi Alan,
      Agree with your comment about the reunion. We really enjoyed ourselves.
      The e-mail I have for Alan Yates is as follows: –
      Hope it works but if not please get back to me.

      Best wishes


  3. Thank you Bob

  4. Good morning all,
    I am a member of a Sea Shanty group called “The Molgoggers” and am endeavouring to locate a scrap molgogger . I commanded the Ton Class L.E. Grainne in 1976 which we commissioned from the R.N. in1973. Anybody interested in a copy of our CD titles “Maiden Voyage” please let me know.
    Best regards
    Patrick A Kavanagh Lt. Cdr. Rtd

    • Patrick I hope someone can assist and if so that they contact you directly via your e-mail address.
      I will also ask around but they are about as rare as hens teeth I feel.

      Best wishes


  5. I am still looking for photographs of the Dogs that served with us in the Singapore squadron in 64-66 during the Indonesian confrontation.
    Please leave a message on website or send to my email

    Andy Clarkson (ex RO) ex Woolaston, Invermoriston, Puncheston

    • Andy,
      Apologies for very late reply but I’ve had a bit of a medical problem that has put me all behind.
      I have yet to load pictures of ships pets onto the web site but will do when time allows. Is there any particular dog you are thinking of?
      Best wishes

  6. hi andy…
    i have a pic of…….charlie and mary…the two dogs on the maryton,at that time….
    they are fallen in with the ships co ..for a ships co photo…….any good?

  7. Bob, Can I get my editions of ton talk via E-mail instead of snail mail…….Cheers


  8. I’m not sure if this is the best place to ask this question, but lets try. My old man’s memory is playing me up, I know I did a loan draft as Chief of the Boat to a minesweeper in early in 1980 I was transferred by jack stay from HMS Jersey in the Firth of Forth, (the Coxswain of Jersey was RPO Rattler Morgan, we had been stokers together on the Ark Royal). I cannot remember the name of the Sweeper, I know we went straight to Harlingen in Holland, and ended up back at St Vincent where I cooked for the families day BBQue. Does anyone recognise these circumstances?

    • Ray I will try and look at the records when i have a minute. This event doesn’t spring to mind.

  9. Just realised how daft I am getting, this boat I’m trying to remember the name of didn’t go to Harlingen in Holland, it went to Helsingor in Denmark, via Blyth in Northumberland.
    Harlingen was the first visit when I took over as COB of the Bronington.

  10. getting back to my question was it the Walkington Bob?

    • Ray,
      I’m sorry but I have lost the plot and the thread. Could you please remind me re the question.
      Put it down to advanced years.

  11. Dear Shipmate,
    Hopefully this is the link for an inquiry to the following below, my apologies if not?
    I wonder if you can help my quest proceed?
    I’m trying to trace four “Tons” that were built in the Dorset Yacht Company in Hamworthy Poole Dorset.
    I have managed to find 3 -: HMS Stratton, HMS Invermoriston & HMS Durweston. To date I have not managed to find the last ship although I have found that two were built in the UK for the South African Navy :- Windhoek M1498 & Durban M1499. Durban still serving as a floating museum. I have not been able to find any information for these two ships re their build etc. Can you please advise if one of these two ships could be the missing one, built in Dorset yacht Company with any relevant information on their build?

    Thanks in anticipation. Gordon Guthrie

  12. when and where is the next reunion being held
    Iain Laidlaw

    • Good evening Iain,
      This years Reunion is being held at The Prince of Wales Hotel, Southport on the weekend of Friday the 9th October to Monday 12th.
      There are a variation of options as to number of days one stays. I can send you the application form should you so wish. It’s always a great weekend so I hope you can make it. Partners are also made very welcome.
      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Best wishes

  13. Hello
    In my parents collection I have found a photo of M1104 with a caption of H.M.S Thames 22-26 SEPT 1959 Amsterdam.

    I can scan this is you are interested in a copy.

    I’m not sure of our family connection with M1104 but I believe after serving in the Army during WW2 my father was a RN reserve in the mid to late 1950’s and there is a another photo of him in RN uniform on board a ship which may be M1104.

    Martin Younger.

    • Martin many thanks for contacting us.
      I would very much like to receive a copy of the photograph in the hope that it is one we don’t yet have. If you could send to my e-mail address as a jpeg I would be most grateful.
      HMS Thames was the name given to the Ton that was used for RN Reserve training. M1104 was in her RN role HMS Alverton.
      I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

      Best wishes

  14. Good morning Bob, A simple question. How can I best ask for a small ‘ad’ to be placed in Ton Talk? It will be a call for all members of the SC of HMS TILFORD 1965/6 to get in touch for a planned re-union sometime this year. Regards, Dan

    • Dan contact the TCA Hon Sec Peter Down who is also the editor of Ton Talk. His contact details are in the magazine or send me an e-mail.
      I can also place an item about it on this site if you would like. Just e-mail the details and what you would like to see.


  15. If anyone would like a photo of A/b Pilot HMS Yarton (ships Dog) I would be happy to send them one.

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